: LASTING MEMORY OF 2009 OZCC
(R-L) In the 2009 OZCC, Roberto Hernandez met for the first time Fernando Aguilar, Raymond Lapitan and Joselito Marcos, who became best friend of Roberto. They renewed their friendship in Russia 2010 World Chess Olympiad and in the 3rd Palau Invitational Chess Championship held at Palau Royal Resort in Dec. 14-21, 2011. (Photo by Roberto Hernandez -- Taken by Nancy Lapitan)
ROBERTO WILL SKIP THE 2015
OZCC IN NORTHS, SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
IN JUNE 18-July 04, 2009, Roberto Hernandez had a 17-day vacation in Philippines in which the 11 days of it, he spent in Australia to represent Palau for the first time in the bi-annual Oceania Zonal Chess Championship, the first step to determine the challenger to the World Chess Champion.
It became a reality because of the generosity of then Oceania Zone President Gary Bekker, who bought the roundtrip airfare of Roberto from Manila-Sydney-Gold Coast. The excess from $500.00 travel fund were from Mr. Bekker’s own pocket.
In the 2011 OZCC in Rotorua, New Zealand, Roberto and Tito Cabunagan were chosen to represent Palau. Some conflicting schedule of Tito forced him to withdraw and opened the door for Mohammad Manik Hossain to take his place. The travel subsidy then is $300.00 each for 2 players. Due to shortness of time and resources, Manik and Roberto didn’t make it.
Candidate Master (CM) Bernardo Garcia and Paz Ngiratechekii were considered to represent Palau in 2013 OZCC in Fiji but it didn’t happen likewise due to financial constraints.
The 2015 OZCC will be held at Norths Sydney, Australia in July 04-10. All officers and top players of Palau Chess Federation agreed to have Tito to be the rep of Palau because he missed his trip to 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway because the Olympiad coincided with Pacific Islands Forum.
An invitation from Peter Abbott, the Secretary of Norths Chess Club was sent to PCF President Eric Ksau Surangel Whipps that read as follows:
To Eric Ksau Surangel Whipps. President, Palau Chess Federation.
Norths Chess Club is delighted to be hosting the 2015 Oceania Zonal at Norths Leagues Club, Cammeray, Sydney, between 4 and 10 July. We warmly invite members of the Palau Chess Federation to compete in this tournament and shall be grateful if you will bring this event to the attention of your members.
Tournament details are available at www.northsydneychess.org/2015-oceania-zonal which will take you to both the tournament brochure and website.
You, as President of a FIDE Zone 3.6 Federation, may nominate seeded players to receive free entry for the tournament and room-share accommodation including breakfast. You may nominate one player in the Open section and one in the Women’s section by 31 May 2015 to receive these benefits. Please provide me with the name of your nominees together with their FIDE I/D number and date of birth, copying Oceania Chess Confederation President, Paul Spiller on your nomination.
Norths Chess Club, its President, Paul Glissan and Tournament Organiser Norman Greenwood look forward to welcoming Palau players to Sydney in July.
Secretary, Norths Chess Club.
WNM, DI Angelica Parrado will be Palau rep in the Women’s Section. The $500.00 travel fund will be deposited to Tito and Angie’s account a week or two after they come back to Palau as what happened to Joselito Marcos when he represented Papua New Guinea in 2011 OZCC.
Other top players of Palau (NM Menandro Manuel, NM, FI Roberto, NM, NI Cyril Montel, Jr., Garcia, NI Dennis Gonzales, NI Jeff Balbalosa, DI Baby Edna ‘Bheng’ Mission and DI Gladys Anne Paloma), who would like to go to 2015 OZCC will have to buy their own airfare, pay the entry fee and shoulder their own accommodation for a week.
Even though Roberto would like to go, the schedule of his vacation (June 02-23, 20015) prevented him to participate this time. Bheng has a round-trip ticket to Cairns, Australia and it might be a good chance to use it to lessen some of her expenses.
Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 4861: 1. …Bxf2+! Wins. If 2. Qxf2, Qa1+ is mate in 4.
This week’s puzzle No. 4379: Black to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)
Source: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
February 23, 2015