THE ONLY GAME ON OPENING DAY – SAWAICHI VS. CHILTON
Like many other opening days of a Palau chess tournament, very few games were played with the players, even though present, failed to play a single game due to sizing up the competition. This one is no different. Palauan bets Morton Sawaichi, left, and Tutii Joe Chilton, played the only game of the day with Jess Toldoya, sitting, watching and Gene Pastrana, checking the chess equipments. Sawaichi is working as a bouncer at Island Bar (behind him). (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)
ROUND 3 RESULTS --
2005 OPEN CHESS TOURNEY
ONLY 5 games were played in the 3rd round of 2005 Open Chess Tournament sponsored by Bendix N. Lakobong, Leo Lacambra, Jr. and Roswell C. Macapagal held at Privilege Family Store in Malakal on Sunday, June 05, 2005.
In those 5 games, Joel Azana (1789 National Rating) scored 2 victories against Jimmy Valenzuela (1994) and Dennis Gonzales(1825), who is trying to catch up and played 3 games. He lost to Gene Pastrana (1822) and salvaged a 0-3 day with a draw with 4th seed Bong Alipoon (2012).
The first game of the day was between 3rd seed Jose Omega (2027) and top seed Roberto Hernandez (2056). In their Modern Defence game, the position is slightly better for Omega (white) until the 20th move, when Roberto made a mistake on the 21st … f4 that resulted in the collapse of his position with an exposed king. The game ended when Roberto is about to be mated in 2 moves on the 31st move.
Omega, Jose (2027) - Hernandez, Roberto (2056) [B06]
2005 Open (Palau) (3), 05.06.2005
1. e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c3 d6 4.Be3 Nf6 5.Nd2 0–0 6.Bd3 e5 7.Ngf3 Ng4 8.0–0 f5 9.exf5 gxf5 10.Bg5 Bf6 11.Bxf6 Rxf6 12.Bc4+ d5 13.Be2 Nc6 14.h3 Rh6 15.dxe5 Ngxe5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.Nf3 Nxf3+ 18.Bxf3 c6 19.Qd4 Qg5 20.Kh2 f4 21.Rae1 Bf5 22.Re5 Rf8 23.Qxa7 Qh4 24.Rg1 Kh8 25.Qd4 Bxh3 26.Re8+ Kg8 27.gxh3+ Kf7 28.Rg7+ Kxe8 29.Qe5+ 1–0
2005 Regular Chess Tournament champion Menandro Manuel (2061) will skip this tourney but he will be at the tournament site occasionally to participate in blitz chess tournament to be held after all the regular scheduled games are completed.
2nd seed Cyril Montel, Jr. did not play in the 3rd round and he is expected to play at least 2 games in the 4th or 5th round to catch up. He did not play also in the 1st and 2nd round.
If James dela Cruz wishes to participate even in the middle of the tournament, he will be accommodated. He is residing at Airai View Hotel Annex Building which is 12 kilometers away from the tournament site. The time format will also be shortened for him to play as many games as possible.
The other players that will miss this tournament are Lin de Guzman, Jess Toldoya, Ronald Maomay, Em-R de Vera, Christopher Domingo and Liam Bornovski.
Source: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
June 10-17, 2005