Friday, November 29, 2013

(651) MUSIC AND ME (Nov. 22, 2013) 5 JAPANESE GUYS ENJOYED MY MUSIC

PLEASE COME BACK TO PALAU AGAIN SOMEDAY
    These 5 Japanese (one left earlier) enjoyed my Japanese and American music on Saturday, Nov. 09, 2013. All their requested songs (American and Japanese) I was able to play without looking at the songbook. These 4 guys in this photo gave me $10.00 each after giving them all my card. When I say, "Please come back to Palau again someday," they answered surely they will come back again to Palau. "Matta, ne!"
I'm so sorry that I didn't even have a chance to get their names.
                                                        (Photo by Roberto Hernandez) 


  5 JAPANESE GUYS ENJOYED MY MUSIC

ASIA Pacific Coordinator of Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch) Pastor Gallagher 'Gali' Concepcion visited Palau Locale from November 07-11, 2013.

During his stay, I was able to attend Morning Devotion on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Prayer meeting on Friday, Sunday School/Services, 4th Watchers Service and Evangelistic Night on Sunday evening.

The Saturday Morning Devotion is the most hard for me because I was able to sleep only 3 hours (1:30-4:30am) and sleep again after breakfast (7-9am), teach Anthea keyboard from 9:10-10:55am and Shinji from 11am-1:00pm. Have quick lunch and teach chess to Dichem Tmetchul from 2-4pm.

I sleep again from 4:15-6:15pm. Took a shower, have dinner and play piano at Waves Restaurant from 7-9pm. Got no tip from there but very lucky at Breeze Bar when I play keyboard, there are 5 Japanese guys in front of me.

At first, they don't appreciate my music but when I play "Sukiyaki", they began to sing. I followed it up with "Oribia O Kikinagara" and some more Japanese songs. Then I gave them my 2 songbooks (American and Japanese songs) and they started to enjoy when all their requested songs were played and they sing-along with it.

This young Japanese guy requested the most number of songs --Honesty, Hotel California, etc. At 11:00pm, I announced, "Kyo no uta wa saigo made, Doumo arigatou gozaimasu. Okyakusamu -nemoi." It means that the show is over because guests are already sleeping.

Then I gave them one by one my card after the 2nd guy from left gave me $10.00 tip. When I gave the card to the other 4, three of them gave me $10.00 each with the young Japanese guy in this photo being the last one to give me tip.

SEE YOU ALL AGAIN SOMEDAY IN PALAU!!!










                                                              CONTINUATION OF
                    MY REPERTOIRE OF 
                 INTERNATIONAL SONGS  


                                                                              G




1982    GAANO KADALAS ANG MINSAN (Basil Valdez) (Filipino Song)                    OPM60
            GAANO KO IKAW KAMAHAL (Celeste Legaspi)                                            OPM32
            GAMES OF MAGIC (Bread)                                                                               DB263
            GAO SHAN QING (Evergreen Mountain) (Taiwanese Song)
            G E   AU   (Taiwanese Song)
1969    GET BACK (Beatles)                                                                                            R   213
            GIMME HOPE JOANNA (Eddy Grant)                                                               B   218
1980    GINTONG ARAW (Bing Rodrigo)                                                                     OPM199
            G I R L   (Beatles)                                                                                                 R   236
            GLORY OF LOVE (Peter Cetera)                                                                        B   248
            GOLDEN SLUMBERS (Beatles)                                                                         R   206
            GOODBYE GIRL (Bread)                                                                                     DB264
            GOODBYE MY LOVE (Japanese Song)                                                               J      13
            GOODBYE TO LOVE (Carpenters)                                                                      DB265
1973    GOODBYE YELLOW BRICKROAD (Elton John)                                               G    65
            GOOD DAY SUNSHINE (Beatles)                                                                       R   189
1936    GOODNIGHT IRENE                                                                                           G      8
1982    GOT TO BELIEVE IN MAGIC (David Pomeranz)                                                B   320
1982    GOT TO LET YOU KNOW (Tito Mina) (Filipino Song)                                     OPM167
            GREENFIELDS                                                                                                     B   202
            GRANELLO DI SABBIA (Italian Song)                                        
1965    GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME (Tom Jones)                                                V    35
            GREEN LEAVES OF SUMMER (Peter, Paul & Mary)                                          DB266
            GREENSLEAVES
            GUAM BEAUTIFUL ISLAND (Chamorro Song)                                      
1963    GUANTANAMERA (Sandpipers)                                                                         DBI 35
            G U I L T Y   (Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb)                                                       DB146


Source: Chess And Music (Perfect Combination)
               The Beginning Of Chess In Palau
               By Roberto Hernandez
               November 2013
               To be published as a book in the future 





Sunday, November 24, 2013

(650) GREAT POTENTIAL IN CHESS PUZZLE SOLVING (TBN-Nov. 11, 2013)


EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH (DIFFERENT YEAR)
     Leizl Michael, left, participated in the 2013 Palau Rapid Chess Tournament and 2013 PNCC but don't have international rating yet. Her FIDE I. D. Number is 16600479. She been the Employee of the Month (August 2013) while Marilyn Alonzo, right, has been the EOM in October 2011. 
                                  (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)

                 GREAT POTENTIAL IN 
              CHESS PUZZLE SOLVING
   

ROBERTO Hernandez is supposed to be teaching Dichem Tmetchul one hour piano lessons and one hour chess lessons every Saturday afternoon like the previous times.
                On Nov. 09, 2013, he started to teach Dichem how to solve chess puzzles (usually white to move and mates in 3) last week but this week is devoted to mostly puzzles. They exceeded already the chess timetable by 20 minutes but Dichem chooses to continue because she practiced piano already that week.
                Roberto was amazed by his discovery of Dichem’s talent in solving chess puzzle! Out of 11 puzzles that he set for her, she missed the right answers only in the 8th and the 11th , which is the most difficult as the 2nd move is very critical and can’t be seen or imagined by a 10-year-old chess neophyte.
                Dichem also learned how to read and follow chess moves from a book. Her first game that she followed by setting the chess board from its starting position was the Ghitescu vs. Donner match in 1967 in Beverwijk.

                On the 19th move, she was asked to check the position if it’s the same as the one in the diagram. And the lesson begins about the strategy and tactics of hunting the opponent’s king by sacrificing a piece or even a queen.
                The inclusion of Dichem to the Palau Chess Team to 2014 World Chess Olympiad is an idea of Roberto so that if there is at least 2 withdrawals from the women’s team, she can fit in handily as she is with his dad, Senator Mlib Tmetchul, the Head of Delegation of Palau Chess Team.
                Her inclusion also ‘waken’ some women players to really commit to the team as Board 2 player Gladys Anne Paloma inquired this early to Roberto about the requirements to be prepared.
                Roberto’s firm answer is the roundtrip airfare in going to Norway, to be shouldered by each members of the team. It will be one of the requirements in getting Schengen visa, which is acceptable to 17 other European countries.
                Roberto didn’t mention yet the other requirements such as health insurance, bank account, company’s service certification that allows that employee to have a vacation, visa fee ($75.00 in 2008), passport (including the old ones), police clearance, and letter of invitation from the Norwegian Organizing Committee.
                Gladys don’t have a standard international rating yet because of some conflict in the recently concluded 2013 Palau National Chess Championship but she’s got already a FIDE I. D. number 16600495.
                Palau Rating Officer Jamie Kenmure of Australia suggested having a Whipps Family Cup that includes new President of PCF Eric Ksau Whipps, his wife Joy Flores Whipps, his son Ksau Anthony Whipps, and his nephew Zachary Techall Whipps.
                It will be a single round-robin tourney that can be played in their house. Only Joy doesn’t have international rating among the Whipps. A probability is to have Gladys be included so that the 2 women will finally have international rating.
                Solution to last week’s puzzle: (It’s black to move) 1. …Nc2+! 2. Rxc2 Qxa3+!! 3. bxa3 Rb8 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 & 11
             Volume 22
             Issue 90
             November 11, 2013 

Friday, November 22, 2013

(649) JICA GOT TALENT (TBN-Oct. 31, 2013)


JICA GOT TALENT
     Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Senior Volunteer Yoshiharu Kurata belts out some classical tunes during a performance at Kramer's on Friday, October 25. Aside from doing city planning work for Airai State, Kurata has been performing and sharing his vast musical talents around the country.                 (Photo by Jose S. of Tia Belau)



Roberto Hernandez is teaching Mr. Yoshiharu Kurata twice a week (Monday and Thursday 11:30am - 12:30pm.

Mr. Kurata can play saxophone, flute, ocarina, guitar, quena (Palauan record/bamboo flute), vocals and keyboard.

It's not actually teaching but jamming and learning from each other about timing, music score, harmonize, international songs, experimenting on musical combination among those instruments.

They experimented many variations on "Besame Mucho" --Roberto singing the 1st stanza; Mr. Kurata singing the 1st voice for harmony; Roberto playing keyboard, Mr. Kurata --flute; Roberto with the intro; exchange from 1st voice to 2nd voice (which works better); ad lib by Mr. Kurata (1st stanza tunes); and everything they can think of to make a harmonized and well-arranged combination with the song.

They performed twice at Palau Visitor Authority's Friday International Night for 15 minutes. 

They performed also at Airai View Hotel with Timothy Sisserson, the Director  of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. 


Source: Tia Belau Newspaper
                Pages 1 & 7
               Volume 22
               Issue 87
               October 31, 2013

               Chess and Music (Perfect Combination
               The Beginning of Chess In Palau
               By Roberto Hernandez
               November 2013
               To be published as a book in the future
   

  



 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

(648) FIDE TOP 100 PLAYERS OF JULY 2003





MORE than 10 years ago, I was able to print a copy from www.fide.com of top 100 players in the world in the FIDE players' list.

It's interesting to recall the top 12: 1. Gary Kasparov 2. Vladimir Kramnik 3. Viswanathan Anand 4. Peter Leko 5. Veselin Topalov 6. Alexander Grischuk 7. Alexei Shirov 8. Peter Svidler 9. Evgeny Bareev 10. Michael Adams 11. Judit Polgar, who is still listed as wg (or Woman Grandmaster) but after her name, a big GM is written. Which means that she is listed at number 11 as GM in the men division.
   At 12. is Ruslan Ponomariov.
   Born in 1951, former world champion Anatoly Karpov is listed at 21st but 20 years older is Viktor Korchnoi, whom the former had defeated in the World Chess Championship in Baguio City, Philippines.

(647) MUSIC AND ME (Nov. 07, 2013) HAPPY, LUCKY HALLOWEEN


ALLAIN "THE DEATH" NATIVIDAD
     Palau Royal Resort buffet man Allain Natividad performs the character of "The Death" during the Halloween night at Waves Restaurant of PRR on Oct. 31, 2013. The costume becomes a hit with the guests that almost all of them have a picture taken with him likewise this one.                                          (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)


         HAPPY, LUCKY HALLOWEEN 

ON October 31, 2013, the Waves Restaurant of Palau Royal Resort held a Halloween Dinner with the staff wearing make-up of scary characters like Count Dracula, the witch, corpse-like make-ups and so on.

But the most scary and caught the attention of many guests is Allain Natividad's costume of "The Death" complete with the caret. 

I can't think of any appropriate songs for this occasion but Count Dracula (Edwin Acuyan- the Food & Beverage Manager) asked my just play slow songs.

We have some Japanese, Taiwanese and American guests so I just played some songs from these countries. Got no tip for 2 hours of playing...

When I proceed at Breeze Bar at 9pm, there were only 4 guests (all Japanese ladies) in 2 tables side by side near the spot where I play keyboard.

I set up the keyboard very close to them, about a meter far. Those Japanese ladies are in their mid-20's. I gave 2 song books to the ladies to my right. The other 2 are busy talking.

Mostly, the requests of the 2 ladies are Japanese songs but they also requested American songs like "Yesterday Once More" and "Top of The World" -- both are by The Carpenters, who are one the most popular groups in Japan.

When I sing the Japanese song "Oribia O Kikinagara", the 2nd lady from left took a video of me singing that song. She is wearing a very short skirt and her tanned legs are subject for lust.

When I sing "Let It Be", she again took some video of me (half way) and once in a while focus the camera to her friend.

The two girls from my right requested "Tsunami", which I said to them "muzukashi uta", which means "difficult song" so I borrowed the 'romaji' (written in English so that I can understand) version and have them the Kanji/Hirakana version.



The Romaji version of "Tsunami" can be seen on top of the keyboard. These 2 young Japanese ladies requested another song that I needed to see the music score to be able to play it correctly.
                                                                       (Photo by Roberto Hernandez-Oct. 31, 2013)

I'm teaching Mr. Yoshiharu Kurata, a senior JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) volunteer music twice a week (Monday and Thursday -11:30am-12:30pm).

One of the Japanese songs in our repertoire is "Nada Sou Sou", which the 2 Japanese ladies have requested that Halloween night.

I asked for the music score again and I played it instrumental while they are singing it.

When I sing the last song "Yesterday", the 2nd lady from my left took another video of me while singing it.

She asked for their bill, pays it and before leaving, put $20.00 on top of the keyboard. I didn't expect it that big because she don't even request any song.

THE OTHER 2 LADIES ALSO GAVE ME TIP --- $1.00 from each of them. 

I gave each of them my card and thank them for having a memorable Halloween night at Palau Royal Resort's Breeze Bar.

After they left, I have some souvenir photos from the "Halloween board"...






   
Source: Chess And Music (Perfect Combination)
             The Beginning of Chess In Palau
             By Roberto Hernandez
             November 2013
             To be published as a book in the future


         


  

(646) CHESS SETS AND CLOCKS FOR PALAU IN 2006

Palau, as CACDEC chess developing country, was given 20 digital chess clocks and 100 chess sets by FIDE.

The following is the correspondence of the senders:




















Eventually, only 20 Digital Chess clocks arrived and only 4 chess sets.




The other 96 sets got stocked in Mumbai, India.

The cost of storage fee is more expensive than the chess sets so they asked the Palau Chess Federation officials to order/request again.

With the coming election of new President of World Chess Federation (FIDE)during the 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, this request might come in handy for the fast development of chess if it can be taught in school.

Roberto Hernandez had volunteered to teach chess at Palau Community College for free. He can teach 18 students at a time during his free time.

Even for free, the plan didn't materialize but junior chess is now developing fast with at least 10 participants in the recently concluded 2013 Palau National Chess Championship held from Aug. 04-Oct. 06, 2013.


Source: Chess and Music (Perfect Combination)
        The Beginning Of Chess In Palau
        By Roberto Hernandez
        November 2013
        To be published as a book in the future 
 





(645) PHILIPPINE EMBASSY TO CLOSE TUESDAY (TBN-July 30, 2012)


















































Source: Tia Belau Newspaper
             Volume 21
             July 30, 2012

(644) CYRIL STILL AT TOP; RUSTUM SURGES TO 7TH (TBN-Nov. 04, 2013)


FIRST TIME TO BE FEATURED AT CHESSMATE.

Three employees of Palau Royal Resort got their chances to be featured in this column. They are (from left) Security Officer Rhine Saburo, Cashier Remelyn Pascual, a participant in the Women's Division of 2013 Palau National Chess Championship, and Pastry Chef Mark Montales, who is learning chess by watching beginner players play at PRR Dorm 1.                              (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)



              CYRIL STILL AT TOP; 
                       CABUSO SURGES AT 7TH

  


                THE new ratings for Palau chess players have been published at www.fide.com for the month of November 2013. A total of 46 active players are now listed with Palau no. 1 Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr. keeping the spot but lost 19 points and dropped to 1895 from his previous 1914.
                At no. 2 is the retired Menandro Manuel at 1852 while the eventual champion Jose Celiz dislodged no. 3 Roberto Hernandez with a gain of 38 points from his previous 1791 and is now 1835. Had he won his final game against Nilo de Jesus, he should have overtaken Cyril at top.
                Hernandez (1850) lost 21 rating points and settled at 4th with 1829. At 5th is Tito Cabunagan, who lost 7 games, won 3 and drew 1. He is the 2nd biggest loser of points (57). His previous 1842 rating is now 1785.
Candidate Master Bernardo Garcia (1722), who finished 2nd in the 2013 PNCC, gained 45 points to improve to 1767 and keep his 6th spot a little farther than the surging Rustum Cabuso, who has a 6-2 win-loss record before bowing to Celiz in the 9th round.
If that tournament is a World Chess Olympiad, Cabuso would have been a FIDE Master. A player who scores 6 points in 9 games in an Olympiad will automatically become a FIDE Master (FM). Cabuso’s initial rating is 1739 followed by the improving Eugenio Pastrana (1702), who gained 20 points for finishing 4th. His victories over Cyril and Rustum are criticized for his inability to update his score sheets during the game, which is not allowed in serious chess competitions.
First Palau Woman National Master Angie Parrado (1673) gained only 6 rating points because the Women’s Division was not fully rated because there’s not enough rated players, at least 1/3, in that division. There are 12 players in there and only 3 rated players (Angie, Baby Edna Mission and Paz Ngiratechekii).
There is a law in FIDE Handbook,  6.3 and 6.33 that if a women’s national chess championship will be held, it needs only 2 rated players to make it a fully FIDE rated event. But this exemption to the rule was not honored by FIDE’s chief rating officer.
The biggest loser of points in the Top 12 Division is Paquito ‘Pax’ Suringa, Jr. (58) but he made it to the top 10 at 1659 from his previous 1717. He scored only a win, a draw and lost 9 games mainly because his games had to be played in special time and date because he don’t have a Sunday day off.
At 11th is Dennis Gonzales (1671), who lost 33 points because of his poor performance (2 wins, a draw and 8 losses) followed by Jeff Balbalosa(1612), who gained 25 points and has 1637 now.
The biggest gainer of points is Nilo de Jesus –104! His previous 1520 is now 1624 for the 13th place. Unrated Rafael Paloma got his initial rating of 1602 for winning 3, drawing 1 and losing 7 games.
Gonzalo Escapatoria (1599) is now at 15th while Remrel Dizon and Alfredo Pacenos, Jr. are tied at 16th with an identical 1559 rating. They are tied also at 2nd place in the Reserves Division.
Miguel Hilario, Jr. is at 18th spot while Baby Edna Mission is at 19th and lost 4 rating points. At 20th is Eugene Labarda (1529) and Destiny Sisior gained 29 points for finishing 2nd in the junior division and is now 1519—good for 21st place.
At 22nd is Mohammad Manik Hossain, who finished 5th in the Reserves Division and gained only 9 points and improved from 1489 to 1498. The Reserves Division champion Manuel ‘Jun’ Mahor gained 65 points to climb at 23rd from 1410 to 1475.
Junior champion Ksau Anthony Whipps gained 80 points! But it’s good only for 24th spot as his previous 1382 is not enough to catch up with Destiny. At 25th is Luciano Sibayan (1462) of Palau Royal Resort; 26th –Elpidio Manaligod (1456); 27th –Ferdinand Gutierrez (1452)
At 28th is Jaime dela Cruz, who lost 87 points and is now 1433 from his previous 1520 which is the same previous rating of Jon “Sib” Manuel Reyes, the biggest loser of points –117. He now has 1403.
Tied at 30th are PCF President Eric Ksau Whipps and Senator Mlib Tmetchul, who will be the Head of Delegation of Palau Chess Team to 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. They’ve got their initial rating of 1394.
At 32nd is Geoff Martin (1370); 33rd –Dan Roldan (1370); 34th –Mary Frances Lopez (1356) and next at 35th is the daughter of Cyril, Cyrelle Ann Montel at 1346.
At 36th is Angelil Sisior, who lost 63 points and is now 1343 from her previous 1406; 37th—Glen Navarosa (1294); 38th—Zachary Techall Whipps (1289). He lost 81 points. At 39th is Paz Ngiratechekii, who lost 8 points and is now 1266 from her previous 1274.
The last 7 in the list got their initial rating – 40. Fernan John Velarde (1261) 41. John Joseph Pabiona (1214)  42. Geaury Ken Pastrana (1199)  43. Dichem Tmetchul (1199)  44. Ronald Mission (1159)  45. Kyarii Sisior (1122) and 46. Kate Celiz (1073).
Solution to last week’s puzzle: 1. Qb3+ Ka5 2. Qxb5+!! axb5 3. Ra8 mate.
This week’s puzzle: White to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)


Source: Chessmate by Roberto Hernandez
             Tia Belau Newspaper
             Pages 9 & 10
             Volume 22
             Issue 88
             November 04, 2013 

(643) MUSIC AND ME (Oct. 31, 2013) A Week Of Good Tips From Int'l. Guests

MS. NORIKO HORIKIRI STARTED IT ON TUESDAY OCT. 22, 2013
         Breeze Bar has only one guest before 10pm -- a lone Japanese lady, who sits near the ocean by herself.                          (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)



THE week of Oct. 22, 23, 24, 25 (my day off), 26 and 27 (my day off again, is really international to me in as far as tips are concerned.

On Oct. 22 at Breeze Bar, we are just watching TV because all guests left early. At about 10pm, a lone Japanese lady became our last guest.

But she sits at a place where we can't see her even the coming guests.

It comes to my mind that I should be playing all-Japanese songs and maybe she will transfer to a table near me to hear those songs more closely.

I started with instrumental "Yume No Tochu" and "Como Esta Akasaka". I sang "Oribia O Kikinagara" and I hear some applause from her. 

After more Japanese instrumentals and some songs sung by me, she transferred to a table next (in front) to me.

      

I gave her 2 song books (Japanese and American) and she chooses a lot from those especially Japanese songs. Sometimes I ask her, "Are you a singer in Japan?"

She said no and requested "Oribia O Kikinagara" once more. This time it's her key. After she sang it, I asked her again the same question. She just smiled.

When it's time for her to go, she gave me $5.00 tip. She don't have a camera with her so I used my cellphone to take 3 shots by bartender Jeff Daizmo.

I've got her name from the drink coupon that she used with the help of cashier/bartender Devie.

  


The next day, Oct. 23 (Wed.) there is a group of Taiwanese in front of the piano when I played at Waves Restaurant.

Upon knowing that they are all Taiwanese, I played all Taiwanese songs. They applauded after each and every Taiwanese songs I've played.

Thirty minutes before they go, an old Taiwanese lady from that table gave me $10.00.

While they are going out, I was able to take a quick shot of the old lady, which is not a good shot as she is moving...






On Thursday, I had a breakfast with my wife before teaching Mr. Yoshiharu Kurata, a senior JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) volunteer from 11:30am-12:30pm. He pays me after every session ($15.00).

Back to PRR for lunch and teach Moded Whipps from 3:30-5:30pm. Her mom, Valerie, talked to me about the possibility of teaching her 5-year-old daughter Ngederong piano, after teaching Ultei guitar on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Valerie wants also to resume the 30 minutes piano and 30 minutes guitar for Ultei because she becomes bored with 1 hour guitar lessons.

While playing piano on that night, I noticed 2 American couples, some Japanese and Taiwanese guests.

So I played songs from those 3 countries. There are 2 birthday celebrants that night, one is a Japanese lady and the other is the American lady --her husband has white hair and the most appreciative among other guests when I'm playing American songs.

His wife was given flowers after the staff sings Happy Birthday song to her.

I played the most popular American songs in my repertoire --Mona Lisa, Misty, Somewhere My Love, Those Were The Days, Somethin' Stupid, Moon River, Too Young, etc...

While on their way to pay their bill, I saw him getting something from his wife's bag.

He comes to me and put down $20.00 on top of the piano. I don't have time to take pictures with them so I just fold the $20.00 lengthwise and put it in my empty water goblet and took a photo of them while they are going out of the restaurant.

      



When I proceed at Breeze Bar to play for another 2 hours 
of keyboard music, there is a long table of Russian guests.

There is another long table of Korean guests with a girl, and some Japanese couples.

I played a variety of songs --Japanese, American, Spanish, Italian and one Russian song --Those Were The Days, which is actually an original American song but it's the most popular Russian song that I know.

The Russian appreciated every song I've played. After more than an hour, I saw somebody collecting money from everybody.

When he finished collecting, I'm playing at that time the Italian song "Volare".

The Russian guy who collected the money comes to me, dancing to the tune of "Volare", and gave me what he has collected from the group -- $13.00.

The song is almost finish and when I ended it, I come to him and asked him, "Are you Russian?" He said yes and I proceed to their table and introduced myself.

I told them that I've been to Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia in 2010 and represented Palau in the World Chess Olympiad. They are surprised to see a man from Palau, which is a hot country, come to Russia which is very cold at that time,September 18-October 04, 2010.

One of the lady is sure that I played only one Russian song. The conversation goes on till I told them that I also represented Palau again in last year's World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey.

And that I'm no. 2 chess player in Palau now and that we will participate again in the 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway.

I was about to give my card to the guy who brings the tip but the lady beside him took it and I told her that my name  is written there in Russian and she said, "Ah, Roberto".

The guy beside him said, "Italian name".

I go back to play again to finish my schedule when a Korean girl and her father come to me and ask me if the girl can play the keyboard? I set the keyboard to the piano sound and the girl plays really good.

The father requested "My Way" and "Way Back Into Love", an original Korean song with English lyrics.

He gave me $2.00 tip. I forgot the melody of "Way Back Into Love" because I haven't played it for about 3 months.

I asked the mother of the girl to take picture of us with my camera...




  
They request to let the girl play for the 2nd time. She can play "The Entertainer" faster than me!

    



 When they request for the 3rd time, I refused because it's already 11pm and some guests are sleeping already.



At 6:30, Oct. 25, me and Mr. Kurata are preparing our equipments for the performance at Kramer's.

On our way up the stairs, I saw the same Russians that were my guests at Breeze Bar of Palau Royal Resort.

It takes us more than an hour to set the instruments and other musical things.

Our first song is "Donna, Donna, Donna", followed by "Besame Mucho". It was an hour of musical showcase of Mr. Kurata. He can play saxophone, ocarina, flute, keyboard, guitar, vocals and quena, Palauan record/bamboo flute.

At 8:45, I left to attend prayer meeting at Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ 4th Watch (Palau Locale).

I'm late already but was able to participate in the corporate prayer of 30 minutes.

At 8:00 pm on Oct. 26, as I'm playing piano at Waves Restaurant, Mrs. Satoko Uehara came to me before going to Mandara Spa. She gave me $20.00 as she used to do every time they come. 







Before 11:00 pm at Breeze Bar, she came again to me and ask if I will be working tomorrow. I said it's my day off and I asked them, "When did you come to Palau?" What I mean to say is "when will they come back to Palau?" and asked for Mr. Uehara. They said there are only two of them who come.



They also said that they went to Dragon Tei on Tuesday night but were unable to talk to my wife Flor as she is busy taking care of bento boxes. 


Source: Chess and Music (Perfect Combination)
               The Beginning of Chess In Palau
               By Roberto Hernandez
               October 2013
               To be published as a book in the future