VENUE host Gene Pastrana scored the biggest upset of his chess career when he defeated top seed Tony Villa in 34 moves of Queen's Pawn Game on Sunday, March 25 at Jean's Boutique and Store.
The position and material are even but after the exchanges of major pieces, Villa's king was check by a retreating king move by Pastrana that allowed him to capture Villa's rook without compensation.
Realizing his blunder, Villa resigned and both players analyzed the position before the blunder which could have been a win or at least a draw for Villa.
It was Villa's first setback after 3 straight victories.
National Master Manny Nedic drubbed Koror State Legal Counsel Craig Dittrich in 44 moves of Two Knights Defence to seize the lead from absent Joel Azana.
Nedic is now the only undefeated player with a 2-0-2 win-loss-draw record.
A 6-player blitz chess tilt was held after the completion of regular games with Palau's top player Menandro Manuel participating.
Other players were Villa (9-1-0), Roberto Hernandez (6-4-0), Nedic (3-7-0), Pastrana (2-7-1) and Cyril Montel, Jr. (2-8-0).
Villa swept the first round again but lost to Manuel (7-2-1) in the second round.
A draw with Pastrana hindered the chance of Manuel to catch up with Villa where he should have won it being up 12 points in material.
In a special game held in Tuesday, March 27, Pastrana used the same defence in beating Villa against Jose Omega but not good enough as he lost in 24 moves.
Source: Chessmate by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
March 30-April 05. 2007