Tuesday, December 31, 2013

(668) UPDATED 2013 PCF CALENDAR OF EVENTS (TBN-Dec. 23, 2013)

2 MORE FIRST TIMERS.













Rodney Yakuchil, left, a Security Personnel of Palau Royal Resort, wants to see how good he looks at Tia Belau Chessmate column of Roberto Hernandez. He specifically chooses this photo out of 5 shots taken. New cashier of PRR, right, is also featured here for the first time. (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)



UPDATED PCF 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Due to the very surprising and great development in the last month of 2013, the 2013 Calendar of Events of Palau Chess Federation was updated as follows:
                                  PCF 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Feb. 10, 2013      Annual General Meeting at Palau Royal Resort
                                To elect new set of Officers
                                President (1) Must be a Palauan
                                2 Vice Presidents, 1 Secretary/Treasurer, 3 Executive Members.
Feb. 15-21           At Guam International Chess Tournament, Palau will be represented by Jeff Balbalosa,
                                Joy Flores Whipps and Ksau Anthony Whipps.
Feb. 24-April 28 2013 PALAU RAPID CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP (FIDE-RATED)
                                (IN ALL TOURNEYS OF 2013 -PLAYERS FROM THE SAME COMPANY MUST MEETIN THE 1ST 3 ROUNDS AND NOT IN THE LAST 3 ROUNDS)
                                The time control is 25 min. + 10 seconds increment. Or 30 minutes without increment.20 players will draw a letter (A or B) to know who will be in Group A and Group B.
                                Top 4 in Group A and B will have a round robin semifinal. Winner of Group A will meet the winner of Group B in the finals.
                                Tiebreak – winner over the other (Direct Encounter)
                                The 2nd tiebreak to be used is Solkoff System. Writing chess notation is optional.
                                Separate division for kids under 15 years old. They will be playing double round-robin. The women’s division will have also double round-robin.
May 12-June 16                2013 PALAU BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP (FIDE-rated)
                                Time control – Digital (5 minutes + 3 sec. increment)
                                                           Mechanical – 10 minutes
FIDE has separate rating now for rapid and blitz chess tournaments. Players with 
                standard ratings will start from the same rating for the blitz and rapid FIDE rated event.
Aug. 04-Oct. 08 2013 PALAU NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
                                It’s single round- robin. Time control-Top 12 Division -90 min. to make 40 moves, another 30 minutes to finish the game with an increment of 30 seconds
                                starting from move 1. Reserves Division – 90 minutes with 30 seconds increment. Women’s Division –75 minutes with 30 seconds increment.
                                Junior Division – 60 minutes with 30 seconds increment.
                The top 6 finishers will compete in the 2013 Palau Invitational Chess Championship.
               If one or 2 players can’t make it to PICC, he will be replaced by the next one.
Nov. – Dec.         PALAU – GUAM GOODWILL GAMES
                                Guam will send its undetermined number of chess players for a goodwill matches featuring the 2 nation’s  teams to the 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway.
                                ***This event was postponed to January 2014.
Nov. 24-Dec. 01                4TH PALAU INVITATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
                                4 players will be invited from India, Namibia, Kenya and England. They are FI Amamath  Inaganti ( old FIDE Rating 2023, new 2010), CM Otto Nakapunda (1997 xxxxx 1997), Githinji Hinga (1976 xxxxx 1976), CM/IA/IO Stewart Reuben (2073 xxxxx 2073) respectively. 
                                Time format is the same as 2013 PNCC Top 12 Division.
***DUE TO TYPHOON HAIYAN THAT HIT PALAU ON NOV. 7, 2013, THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED TO FEB.   23-MARCH 02, 2014.
               IA/IO/FI Jan Berglund of Palau will be the chief arbiter. If he prefers to play, FM/IO Brian
                                Jones of Australia will be the Chief Arbiter.
                                PLW Deputy Arbiter will be NA Dennis Gonzales.
Dec. 17-29, 2013               World Youth Chess Championship
                                Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
                                2013 Junior Champion Ksau Anthony Whipps will represent Palau for its first
                                participation in this event.
His father Eric, the new President of PCF will accompany him to UAE for the
all –expense-paid trip by UAE Chess Federation –visas, air tickets and board/lodging.
*The venue of the first 2 tournaments will be held at Tito Cabunagan and Jose Celiz’ residence in Malakal. The place can accommodate 16 players at a time. The alternative venue is Bethlehem Park where chess players who are also basketball players can have more time to participate in both sports.

·         The Arbiter’s decision is final and non-appealable.
·         Roberto Hernandez is the Chief Arbiter while CM Bernardo Garcia and Dennis Gonzales will be his Deputy Arbiters after they acquired the National Arbiter Titles from FIDE.
Solution to last week’s puzzle: 1. … Qxd4+!! 2. Kxd4 Bc5+ 3. Kd3 Nxe5 mate.
This week’s puzzle: White to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)

Source: Chessmate by Roberto Hernandez
             Tia Belau Newspaper
             Pages 13 & 15
             Volume 22
             Issue 78
             December 23, 2013 


THIS PHOTO WAS NOT PUBLISHED BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY ADS FOR THIS ISSUE, WHO HAS 16 PAGES NOW INSTEAD OF THE USUAL 12 PAGES ---


SINGING "SILENT NIGHT" AT BREEZE BAR OF PRR
     The teenage boy here (I forgot again to ask for his name), said he still has the business card that I gave to him a few months ago and they requested "Silent Night". We sung it together without the songbook. I just dictate to them the next lyrics of the song to the best that I can remember. The result: GOOD HARMONY AND WE ALL ENJOYED THE SONG AND THE NIGHT EVEN FOR A FEW MINUTES.
                                    M E R R Y    C H R I S T M A S   T O   A L L ! ! !

Monday, December 30, 2013

(667) PROGRAMME OF 2014 MICRONESIAN OPEN (Feb. 20-25, 2014)


COUNTERPART IN PROMOTING CHESS IN PALAU AND GUAM
            Leon Ryan, sitting at right, is the counterpart of Roberto Hernandez in promoting chess in Palau and Guam. Oceania Chess Confederation President FM/IO Brian Jones, sitting at the middle, will come to Palau to be a player and supporter of chess especially the 2014 Micronesian Open. Gary Bekker, former Oceania Zone President is at the very back.                                    (Photo by Brian Jones)

                                    2014 MICRONESIAN OPEN 
                                                       PALAU ROYAL RESORT
                                                              Feb. 20-25, 2014
Feb. 18 (Tue)           1:30 am (Feb. 19)
            Arrival of invited participants if they will travel the Manila-Palau route.
Feb. 19  (Wed)      8:00pm   Arrival of participants coming from Guam.
Feb. 20 (Thu)                                     OPENING CEREMONY
                                                             P R O G R A M M E
9:00-9:05 am         Opening Prayer by Roberto Hernandez
9:05-9:15                Inspirational Speech by GM Masayuki Kawaguchi
9:15-9:25                Speech by Brian Jones and Jan Berglund
9:25-9:30                Ceremonial First Move
                                GM (General Manager) Kawaguchi and IM Jack Stopa
10:00 am               1st round   
  3:00 pm                2nd round
Feb. 21 (Fri)           9am   - 3rd rd.             3pm -- 4th rd.
Feb. 22 (Sat)          Free day   Rock Island Trip
Feb. 23 (Sun)          9am --5th rd.                3pm --6th rd.
Feb. 24 (Mon)         9am -- 7th rd.               3pm -- 8th rd.
Feb. 25 (Tue)          9am --Final (9th) round
                                 4pm --AWARDING/CLOSING CEREMONY
                                                            P R O G R A M M E
 
Emcee                    Roberto Hernandez
4pm                         Thanksgiving Prayer by Roberto Hernandez
4:05 pm                  Awarding Remarks -- GM Masayuki Kawaguchi
4:15 pm                  Awarding -- Champion (Cash + Storyboard)
4:20 pm                  Awarding -- 2nd - 10th places (Cash)
4:30 pm                  Photos/Snacks/Drinks

THE TIME CONTROL IS 90 MINUTES + 30 SECONDS INCREMENT.
Tournament Organizers: FM/IO Brian Jones
                                          NM Roberto Hernandez
                                          IA/IO/FI Jan Berglund
Chief Arbiter                    IA/IO/FI Jan Berglund
Rating Officer            IA Jamie Kenmure

CASH PRIZES: (Option A)
Champion - $1,000.00 + Storyboard ($200.00)
2nd place -  $700.00               3rd -- $500.00
4th -- $300.00                          5th -- $200.00
6th -- $100.00                          7th -- $75.00
8th -- $50.00                          9th & 10th -- $25.00 each

CASH PRIZES: (Option B)
Champion -- $800.00 + Storyboard ($200.00 worth)
2nd --$600.00                           3rd -- $400.00
4th -- $200.00                           5th -- $100.00
6th -- $75.00                             7th -- $50.00
8th, 9th, 10th -- $25,00 each



International Master Frank Stopa of Poland poses with 2 of 3 Palau representatives in the 2013 Guam International Chess Tournament. Stopa is willing to come to Palau according to Jeff Balbalosa, middle. Ksau Anthony Whipps, left, and his mom Joy Flores together with Balbalosa, represented Palau in the said event.                                       (Photo by Joy Flores Whipps)



CEREMONIAL FIRST MOVE BETWEEN BRIAN JONES AND GUAM SENATOR.



Source: History of Chess In Palau
              By Roberto Hernandez
              December 2013
              To be published as a book in the future

(666) PHOTOS (2005 REGULAR CHESS TOURNAMENT)

Manny Nedic, left, vs. Menandro Manuel while Ronnie Hermosilla, a cook at Image Restaurant (venue) looks on.                                                                     (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)

Gene Pastrana, left, vs. Ivan II Chess Computer. Tournament Organizer and Arbiter Roberto Hernandez, right is also preparing the trophies and certificates to be given to the participants of 2004 Open sponsored by Nestor Canaria and was held in his place of business.                       (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)





Cyril Montel, Jr. against Palauan bet Morton Sawaichi.   


Ronald Maomay vs. Ivan II Chess Computer--rating USCF - 2000. Morton Sawaichi vs. Gene Pastrana in the background.                                                                  (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)




Very rare time that Bong Alipoon, 2nd from left, plays while seating. He is up against Cyril Montel, Jr. while at the other table, Jimmy 'the drunken Master' Valenzuela, 3rd from left, clashes with Menandro Manuel. Behind Manuel is Lin de Guzman and Jess Toldoya at left.            (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)




From left, Gene Pastrana, Cyril Montel, Jr., Jimmy Valenzuela, Morton Sawaichi, Lin de Guzman, Eddie Grefiel and Mariano Agustin, Jr.                                                (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)





Ronald Maomay, left, against Menandro Manuel. In 2005, mechanical chess clocks have been used. After the 2006 inaugural Palau Invitational Chess Championship, Palau is now using since then, digital clocks mostly donation from Gary Bekker, Brian Jones and FIDE CACDEC program.
                                                            (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)



Gene Pastrana, left, making his move against Cyril Montel, Jr. The big poster background is the list and photos of all members of Knights And Rooks Chess Club, founded on Sept. 15, 2002.
                                                      (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)







Morton Sawaichi, middle, is playing against 2004 Junior Champion Em-R De Vera. Watching them are Jimmy Valenzuela, Lin de Guzman and Menandro Manuel.            (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)




From left, Mariano Agustin, Jr. vs. Dennis Gonzales; Manny Nedic vs. Cyril Montel, Jr.; Gene Pastrana, Em-R de Vera and Menandro Manuel             (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)








Palauan bet Morton Sawaichi vs. Manny Nedic
(Photo by Roberto Hernandez)













Newcomer Liam Bornovski, from Israel but born in Palau, preparing for his first ever serious chess competition in Palau.             (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)





















Saturday, December 14, 2013

(665) 7 POSSIBLE INVITED PLAYERS OF 3RD PICC (TBN-April 18, 2011)




THE date of the 3rd Palau Invitational Chess Championship was changed to accomodate Papua New Guinea's top player Joselito Marcos.

Although his wife doesn't want to travel abroad this year, the door is still open for him to participate if given the chance. 

Palau team captain to the 2010 World Chess Olympiad Jamie Kenmure is available from Dec. 14, 2011 to January 13, 2012. He will invite another Australian (male or female) to join also the group of rated invited players.

Then come some good news from Philippines and USA Master Almario Marlon Bernardino, Jr., the 2nd placer in the inaugural 2006 PICC.

He said that Philippine Congressman Prospero 'Butch' Pichay, the President of National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFD), is sending 2 FIDE rated players to participate in the said event. 

They are FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina, only 12 years old but with a rating of 2098 and Jared Docena.

With Bernardino (2166) and another FIDE Master Christopher Castellano (2253) also coming, the total rated invited players is now 7 and a 2 double round-robin tournament can be accommodated to give chances to unrated Palau chess players gain international rankings like Mohammad Manik Hossain, Dennis Gonzales, Gonzalo Escapatoria, Tito Cabunagan, Elizalde Madrinan, Ferdie Altea, Jeffrey Negrillo, Ferdinand Gutierrez, Jeff Balbalosa, Angie Parrado, Amante Caballero, Andres Mestizo II, Tutii Joe Chilton and newcomer Jose Celiz.

The top chess players in Palau are Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr. (1941), Menandro 'Boy' Manuel (1910), Roberto Hernandez (1846), Manuel Mahor, Jr. (1646), Bernard Garcia (1629) and probably the return of Paquito 'Pax' Suringa, Jr. (1602) will make the tourney more interesting.

The FIDE rule that the tournament must have at least a third of the field must be FIDE rated players, will not be violated this time. 

In the 2010-2011 Palau National Chess Championship, 9 players without ratings didn't get ratings because only 4 rated players participated in the 15-player championship.

The proposed date of the 3rd PICC is December 15-22, 2011 to give time for the invited players from the Philippines to still celebrate Christmas in there if they don't want to experience Christmas in Palau.

The young players (Bersamina and Docena) to be sent by Mr. Pichay, might be the fulfillment of his promise to Hernandez during the last day of the Olympiad in Russia that Palau will not be short of players in the next World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey on Aug. 22-Sept. 12, 2012.

Mr. Pichay also mentioned  that he might visit Palau late in 2010 or early 2011 via his private plane (Cessna).

Philippine men team captain wants to come also to Palau if there is still space for him in the 5-seater plane.

Hernandez will email Mr. Pichay so that he can probably sponsor the cash prizes of the event. And to have his prodigies stay at Palau Royal Resort so that players can use the conference room for free and PRR players will have easier time to play against every participant.

His prodigies might also be included to the Palau Chess Team to Istanbul if they are willing to change federation.

In the resumption of 2011 Rapid Chess tourney being held at Palau Royal Resort Dormitory 1, the 6-game winning streak of Ferdie Altea was snapped by the surging Elizalde Madrinan.

Joel Gabris scored a rare win over Rey Alenain, who is leaving Palau for good on April 13.

Mohammad Manik Hossain had set up a date and time for his match against newcomer Jose Celiz on Sunday at 11am.

Manik arrived at 11:30 and he left already for work when Tito Cabunagan and Celiz arrived at 1:30pm. 

Manik is complaining that he should have won that first game over Celiz as he agreed on time and date but didn't make it on time and he spent some money for gas to be there.



Source: Chessmate by Roberto Hernandez
           Tia Belau Newspaper
           Pages 16 & 19
           Volume 20
           Issue 16
           April 18, 2011            

   

     

Friday, December 13, 2013

(664) ERIC, KSAU TO WYCC IN UAE DEC. 17-29, 2013 (TBN-Dec. 09, 2013)

PRR DONATES TO PMCC MEDICAL MISSION
     Palau Royal Resort Musician Roberto Hernandez, right, hands the $500.00 check donation of PRR to Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch) Brother Gilbert Navarro for its medical mission to super typhoon Yolanda survivors. The PMCC brethren are doing caroling this month every day and night around Palau to support this mission.
                                                              (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)




FATHER AND SON ERIC AND KSAU TO WYCC IN UAE
     Palau Chess Federation new President Eric Ksau Whipps with his son Ksau Anthony during the final day of 2013 Palau National Chess Championship where Ksau defeated Destiny Sisior to bag the Junior plum of the event. The duo will represent Palau for the first time in the World Youth Chess Championship in Al Ain, UAE on Dec. 17-29, 2013.                                       (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)


           ERIC, KSAU TO WYCC IN UAE
                         DEC. 17-29, 2013
  

THIS is the breakthrough that Palau Chess Federation is waiting to happen—to send at least one junior player to the biannual World Youth Chess Championship to be held in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates on Dec. 17 (arrival)-29(departure), 2013.
                In an email to the new PCF President Eric Ksau Whipps, Mr. Casto “Toti” Abundo, the Deputy President of Asian Chess Federation, wrote on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 1:12PM:
                Dear Mr. Whipps, We invite you and two players to participate in the World Youth Chess Championship scheduled 17-29 December 2013 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
                We shall provide you free visas, air tickets and board and lodging during your stay.
                Please we urgently need passport copies and ID photos to register for visa application.
                We shall process your visas here and send you electronic visas by email.
                Please, for more information you may visit the official site http://www.worldyouth2013.com
Regards, Casto Abundo +971 50 3544938
                Eric replied on Dec 1 at 7:06 AM:
                Hello Mr. Abundo, Thank you for the invitation. I will be able to attend the World Youth Chess Championships together with my son as I have gotten approval from my work and will get from his school tomorrow.
                We are excited and looking forward to attending and participating in this event. I will send you our Palau passport information before 9am.          Regards, Eric
                Here’s an email from Mr. Jan Berglund about this development:
On Sunday, December 1, 2013 6:46 PM, Jan Berglund <berglund_jan@hotmail.com> wrote:
Dear Mr. Hernandez,
      Thank you for this interesting piece of information. It is good that someone really wants to participate!
     Just so that there will be no misunderstanding:
- There is just one boy and his father going. Is that correct?
- Is there no girl, who wants to go free of charge, any age group? Ask around!
- Are there no one from any other age group, who would like to go to the cost of flight ticket and €100.-?
      The tournament regulations states, that each member federation is entitled to send one boy and one girl for each age group and two accompanying persons (One male and one female) free of charge (Local transportation, board & lodging, sight-seeing, etcetera) at the expense of the organizers, in this case the UAE Chess Federation:
       "Every National Federation can register one official player in each category (under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 years old, open and girls). This total of twelve (12) Official Players plus two (one man and one woman) accompanying officials belonging to the national federation are invited by the Organizers. A player must not have reached his 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th, or 18th birthday, respectively, before January 1st of the year 2013."
       On top of that, as I e-mailed you on October 9th, in Tallinn, Estonia I was promised, that the FIDE participation fee of €100.-/official invitees plus air fare would be paid for one boy, one girl, and one accompanying person by FIDE, as we are a FIDE #5 nation (Former CACDEC nation). To sum it up, that is totally free of charge for up to 3 people and to a reduced price for another up to 11 people. Best wishes, Jan
    
Roberto Hernandez offered a slot for Geaury Ken Pastrana, Ronald Mission and Cyrelle Ann Montel but they declined the offer because the date is Christmas time and there’s still some days left to finish school. Ksau Anthony Whipps, the 2013 PNCC Junior Champion, will miss 3 days in school.
                Joy Flores Whipps, Ksau’s mom, asked Roberto to give Ksau some pointers and little training before going to UAE. Roberto has given him some endgame, opening, middle game, puzzle solving lessons for 2 hours each on Thursday and Friday (Dec. 05 and 06). Their next training is on Wed., Thursday and Friday afternoon.
                Palau Delegate to 3 World Chess Olympiads Mr. Jan Berglund of Sweden, offered to coach Ksau at UAE while Palau Rating Officer Jamie Kenmure of Australia, offered the same and is excited to meet Palau Chess Federation new President.
                Solution to last week’s puzzle: 1. … Nf4+ 2. Ke4 or Ke3 Re2 3. Kxf4 Be5 mate.
                This week’s puzzle: Black to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)

Source: Chessmate by Roberto Hernandez
             Tia Belau Newspaper
             Pages 9 & 10
             Volume 22
             Issue 98
             December 09, 2013