PROMOTING CHESS IN MANY WAYS SINCE DEC. 29, 2002
All kinds of chess promotions have been tried by Roberto Hernandez, left, with his daughter Karen, like this one in Tia Belau Jan. 09-16, 2004 issue entitled “Chess Puppies”. Other promotions are Chess Mate issues at Palau High Gym, video of Chess in Palau 2002-2004, The International Filipino Magazine, Island Times, Palau Horizon, Diario Belau, 2009 and 2013 Radio Interview in Australia, Chess and Music (Perfect Combination) The Beginning of Chess in Palau, The History of Chess in Palau and many more. (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)
2015 PNCC STARTS OCT. 11
AT BETHLEHEM PARK
THE TOP 10 chess players of Palau will slug it out in the first round of 2015 Palau National Chess Championship to be held every Sunday afternoon starting Oct. 11—Dec. 06 at Bethlehem Park.
After a successful qualifying tourney to determine the No. 8, 9 and 10th seed of the Top 10 Division, Allan Alcid, Angelo Salvadora and Manuel ‘Jun’ Mahor, Jr. are ready to level up their games against the current top 7 players of Palau – Roberto Hernandez (1840 FIDE Rating), Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr.(1837), Tito Cabunagan (1821), Jeffrey Balbalosa(1738), CM Bernardo Garcia(1732), Paquito Suringa, Jr.(1706) and Dennis Gonzales (1680).
The Reserves Division will have Arnolfo Inres, John Mark Tamayo, Josef Karlo Moyet, Sofronio ‘Pons’ Mahor, defending Reserves champion Gonzalo Escapatoria, Jr., Eugene Labarda, 1st Runner-up Felix Oling, Nilo de Jesus, Glen Navarroza and probably Rafael Paloma, Christopher Kitalong, Leif Toribiong, Nelson Sablan, Arnold Undecimo and Tuloy Rengiil.
The Women and junior division will be integrated. Top seed Angie Parrado didn’t make it in the Top 10 division and will lead the group with more women joining. Other players are No. 2 Baby Edna ‘Bheng’ Mission, No. 3 Gladys Anne Paloma, who just gave birth to a 3rd boy, Roxanne Parco, Joan Gemota, Destiny and Angelil Sisior, Robert Godwin Sola, Cyrelle Ann Montel, Kyarii Sisior and probably Ultei Angelie Surangel.
The Top 10 Division will have a single round-robin format and the time control is 90 minutes for each player to finish the game with 30 seconds increment starting from move 1. The same time control in the Reserves Division but it will be Swiss system if the participants will exceed 10. If it’s only 10 or less, it will be round-robin also.
Tito Cabunagan has just come back from participating in the 2015 Datu Arthur Tan Malaysian Open (DATMO). The other player with him, Jeffrey Balbalosa, proceed to Philippines to continue his few more days of extended vacation and is expected to make it in the 1st round.
Tito scored more than 50% of his games with 5.5 points in 10 rounds, while Jeff scored an equal 50% of 5 points. According to Tito, all Top 10 finishers, except one, in the event are Filipinos. He played also a young Filipino boy wherein he offered a draw to Tito in the middle game but Tito refused. In the resumption of their play, Tito this time, offered a draw but the boy refused and Tito lost in the end. Tito did better this time than in Guam International Chess Tournament where he scored 4.5 points in 9 rounds.
Maybe the boy that Tito had played is the same boy that is making waves in Philippine Chess scene. He became a FIDE Master at a very young age of 7 years! He won numerous chess competitions in North America and India. His name is the surname of the former world chess champion Alexander Alekhine. A young boy in USA became the youngest US Master at age 9, beating the record of current world’s No. 2 Hikaru Nakamura. But those are USA Master title not FIDE Master.
Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 3789: 1. Qxg6+!! fxg6 2. f7+ Rxf7 3. Rh8 mate.
This week’s puzzle No. 3790: White to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)
Source: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
October 12, 2015