Tuesday, November 24, 2015


                      A very exciting special game was played between Roberto Hernandez, right, and Manuel ‘Jun’ Mahor, Jr. at Bethlehem Park on Sat. Nov. 21. A group of Palauan youngsters pose with the duo for Monday’s edition of Tia Belau’s Chess Mate column. The marathon 104-move game was watch by Eugene Labarda and Koichi Matsuda, who is wearing the polo shirt that Roberto gave him.
                                                     (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)


JEFFREY Balbalosa is projected to be the next National Master (NM) of Palau. In the 6th round of 2015 Palau National Chess Championship, he kept patient in outsmarting his team mate in 2015 Datu Arthur Tan Malaysian (DATMO) Open NM Tito Cabunagan in 51 moves of French Defense (Unusual 2nd move Nc3) to kept on pace with idle leaders Allan Alcid and NM Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr.
THE MOVES: Cabunagan, Tito (1821) - Balbalosa, Jeffrey (1738) [C00]
2015 PNCC (6), 15.11.2015
1.e4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.a3 d4 4.Nce2 e5 5.d3 Nf6 6.h3 Be7 7.f4 exf4 8.Bxf4 Nc6 9.Nf3 0–0 10.Qd2 b6 11.Bg3 a5 12.Bf2 Bc5 13.g4 b5 14.Bh4 Re8 15.Qg5 Qe7 16.Qd2 Bb7 17.Bg2 Qd6 18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.0–0 Qe7 20.Rae1 Rad8 21.Kh1 a4 22.Rf2 Rd7 23.Ref1 Ne5 24.Nxe5 Qxe5 25.Rf5 Qd6 26.Qg5 h6 27.Qh4 Re5 28.Rxe5 Qxe5 29.Rf5 Qd6 30.Kg1 Qf8 31.g5 Be7 32.Qg4 Bc8 33.gxh6 g6 34.Rf3 c5 35.Qf4 Bb7 36.h7+ Kxh7 37.Qxf7+ Qxf7 38.Rxf7+ Kg8 39.Rf3 c4 40.Nf4 Kh7 41.Rg3 Bd6 42.Rg4 c3 43.bxc3 dxc3 44.Ne2 b4 45.axb4 Bxb4 46.Nc1 a3 47.Rg5 Bc8 48.Nb3 a2 49.e5 Rb7 50.e6 Bc5+ 51.Kf1 Rxb3          0–1
Other results of the 6th round: Paquito ‘Pax’ Suringa, Jr. is leading his game against Dennis Gonzales but offered a draw because his team Melusch is about to play its basketball game against WCTC so he offered a draw which was accepted as there is not breakthrough in the bishop of the same color endgame in 36 moves of Modern Defence (Avervakh Variation).
THE MOVES: Suringa, Jr., Paquito (1706) - Gonzales, Dennis (1680) [A42]
2015 PNCC (5), 15.11.2015
1.c4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.e4 e5 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qd2 h6 8.Bh4 Nc5 9.f3 Bd7 10.Nge2 b6 11.h3 g5 12.Bf2 Nh5 13.g4 Nf4 14.Nxf4 gxf4 15.h4 Qe7 16.h5 Bf6 17.Bg2 0–0–0 18.Bxc5 dxc5 19.0–0–0 Kb7 20.d6 cxd6 21.Qxd6 Qxd6 22.Rxd6 Be6 23.Rhd1 Rxd6 24.Rxd6 Be7 25.Rd1 Rd8 26.b3 Rxd1+ 27.Kxd1 a5 28.Nd5 Bxd5 29.exd5 Kc7 30.Kd2 Bd6 31.Kd3 Kd7 32.Ke4 Ke7 33.Kf5 Kf8 34.Kf6 Bc7 35.g5 Bd8+ 36.Kxe5    ½–½
Arnolfo Inres clobbered John Mark Tamayo in a display of heavy artillery attack that Tamayo couldn’t thwart and resigned in just 21 moves of Trompowsky Attack; John Malinao touted Josef Karlo Moyet in 33 moves of King’s Pawn Opening; early round leader Glen Navarroza was caught unprepared by Joel Gemota and lost in 23 moves of Giocco Piano; Felix Oling now leads the Reserves Division with the conquest of fellow leader (with 4 points each) Rafael Paloma in 39 moves of Queen’s Gambit Accepted;
Angelo Salvadora blundered away a bishop and lost to Manuel ‘Jun’ Mahor, Jr. in 35 moves of French Defense; exchanging their cell phones numbers, Mahor and top seed NM, FIDE Instructor (FI) Roberto Hernandez agreed to play their scheduled game for Nov. 29 to November 21 (Sat.) at Bethlehem Park at 10am after Roberto has finished teaching a boy guitar lessons.
Their game started with Roberto having the white pieces. A group of Palauan youngsters watch the beginning of the game and Roberto asked Eugene Labarda to take a photo with them so that they can be featured on Monday’s edition of Chess Mate.
Their game lasted till 2:30pm with Roberto unable to have lunch at Palau Royal Resort because the Cafeteria closes at 1:30 pm. He just had a peanut butter sandwich and a bunch of bananas and papayas given to him by Adrian, the father of his guitar student. Their fighting drawn game lasted 104 moves! Mahor offered a draw on the 72 moves but Hernandez opted to play a little move with the same result.
THE MOVES: Hernandez, Roberto (1840) - Mahor, Jr., Manuel (1489) [C04]
2015 PNCC (8), 21.11.2015
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Bb5 Bd7 5.c3 Nce7 6.a4 a6 7.Bd3 b5 8.a5 Ng6 9.Ndf3 c5 10.e5 b4 11.cxb4 cxd4 12.Bd2 Qb8 13.Bxg6 hxg6 14.Qb3 Ne7 15.Ne2 Nc6 16.0–0 Nxe5 17.Nexd4 Bd6 18.g3 Ng4 19.Kg2 Bb5 20.Rfe1 Bc4 21.Qa4+ Bb5 22.Nxb5 Qxb5 23.Qxb5+ axb5 24.h3 Nf6 25.a6 0–0 26.Nd4 Rfb8 27.a7 Rb7 28.Nc6 Ne4 29.Be3 Bc7 30.Rec1 Nd6 31.Na5 Bxa5 32.bxa5 Nc4 33.Bc5 Nxb2 34.a6 Rc7 35.Bb6 Rxc1 36.Rxc1 Nc4 37.Bc5 Na5 38.Rb1 Nc6 39.Rxb5 Nxa7 40.Rb7 Nc6 41.a7 Kh7 42.Rxf7 e5 43.Rc7 Na5 44.Bd6 Nc4 45.Bc5 Na5 46.Re7 d4 47.Rxe5 Nc6 48.Rd5 Nxa7 49.Bxd4 Nc6 50.Bc3 Ra7 51.h4 Ne7 52.Rc5 Rd7 53.g4 Nd5 54.Be5 Nf6 55.f3 Nd5 56.Kg3 Nf6 57.Kf4 Rd5 58.Rc7 Nd7 59.Bc3 Rc5 60.Rxc5 Nxc5 61.g5 Kg8 62.Ke3 Kf7 63.Kd4 Ne6+ 64.Ke5 Nc5 65.Kd5 Ne6 66.Be5 Nf8 67.Kd6 Ne6 68.Kd5 Nf8 69.Bd6 Ne6 70.f4 Nd8 71.Be5 Ne6 72.Kd6 Nd8 73.Kd7 Ne6 74.Bd6 Nd4 75.Be5 Nf3 76.Kd6 Nxh4 77.Kd5 Nf5 78.Ke4 Ke6 79.Bb2 Nd6+ 80.Ke3 Nf5+ 81.Ke4 Kd6 82.Be5+ Ke6 83.Bb2 Nd6+ 84.Kf3 Nf5 85.Be5 Kd5 86.Ke2 Ke4 87.Kd2 Nh4 88.Ke2 Ng2 89.Bxg7 Kxf4 90.Bf6 Nh4 91.Kf2 Nf3 92.Bd8 Nxg5 93.Bxg5+ Kxg5 94.Kg3 Kf5 95.Kf3 g5 96.Kg3 g4 97.Kg2 Kf4 98.Kf2 g3+ 99.Kg2 Kg4 100.Kg1 Kf3 101.Kf1 Kg4 102.Kg2 Kh4 103.Kg1 Kh3 104.Kh1    ½–½

Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 3795: 1. Rxg5+! Kf7 2. Qh7+ Kf8 3. Rg8 mate.

This week’s puzzle No. 3796: White to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)

Source: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
             Tia Belau Newspaper
             Pages 9-10
             Volume 24
             Issue 92
             November 23, 2015

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