Monday, December 7, 2015


                  2nd seed Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr., right, is on his way to clinch his 4th National Chess Championship plum if he would win his final round game against Manuel Mahor, Jr. Here, he escaped again from inferior position to beat Dennis Gonzales, left, while defending junior champ Angelil Sisior was upset by Robert Godwin Sola (partly hidden). Pax is in the middle after losing to Tito Cabunagan earlier.
                                                  (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)


It all comes down to the last round of 2015 Palau National Chess Championship where 2nd seed Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr. and 4th seed Jeffrey Balbalosa will try to clinch the title against separate opponents Manuel ‘Jun’ Mahor, Jr. and Paquito ‘Pax’ Suringa, Jr. respectively.
                The upset of Pax over Cyril at Palau Royal Resort Dormitory 1 on Nov. 28, makes the top 2 placing interesting and exciting. After Cyril subdued 7th seed Dennis Gonzales,   Jeff won by default over CM Bernardo Garcia, when the latter text Roberto Hernandez instead of his opponent Jeff.
                Jeff’s last 2 opponents are Dennis and Pax. If he would win those 2 games and Cyril lost at least one of his last 2 games, there will be a deadlock for Cyril and Jeff. The tiebreak Direct Encounter or winner over the other tiebreak cannot be applied because they drew their 3rd round encounter.
                In any case, Jeff will become the newest National Master of Palau if he would tie Cyril for the title. The Dennis-Jeff match was set on Friday, Dec. 4 in which Jeff won to set his sight for the elusive NM title. His Saturday set match with CM Garcia didn’t materialize as Garcia conceded that game as he couldn’t come because of tight schedule.
                If Jeff would lose to Pax, then Tito Cabunagan will clinch 2nd spot if he would win his final round clash with Dennis as he would finish with 6 points against Jeff’s 5.5 points. Tito hangs on tight at 2nd place after disposing Pax in 40 moves of Sicilian Defence (Miscellaneous). THE MOVES: 

Cabunagan, Tito (1821) - Suringa, Jr., Paquito (1706) [B50]
2015 PNCC (8), 29.11.2015
          1. e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 e6 5.d3 Be7 6.Nf3 a6 7.a3 b5 8.Ba2 Nbd7 9.h3 Bb7 10.Be3 Qa5+ 11.Nbd2 h6 12.c3 Qc7 13.Qe2 d5 14.exd5 Nxd5 15.Bxd5 Bxd5 16.a4 0–0 17.0–0 Bc6 18.axb5 Bxb5 19.c4 Bc6 20.b3 f5 21.Bf4 Qxf4 22.Qxe6+ Rf7 23.Qxc6 Rd8 24.g3 Ne5 25.Nxe5 Qxe5 26.Nf3 Qf6 27.Rxa6 Rd6 28.Qc8+ Rf8 29.Rxd6 Qxd6 30.Qb7 Rb8 31.Qa7 Rxb3 32.d4 Rxf3 33.Qa8+ Bf8 34.Qxf3 cxd4 35.Qd5+ Kh7 36.Qxd6 Bxd6 37.Rd1 Bc5 38.Kg2 Kg6 39.Rd2 Kg5 40.Re2 Kf6    1–0

6th seed Paquito 'Pax' Suringa, Jr. was informed by NM, FI, Asst. Chief Arbiter of 2015 Palau National Chess Championship Roberto Hernandez, that he should not write his move first before making a move. Roberto said that if Pax will erase it, it will be cheating like what Roberto has told to the IA in 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, when Palau is playing Guyana in the 11th and final round of the event. Guyana's board 1 player was informed that if he would erase what he has written prior to making a move, it would be cheating and it might cause him that game. The hardheaded Pax answer is, "But I'm very sure that it would be my move." Roberto answered back that it's possible during the early days but not in today's play. He also stop writing moves on the 33rd move when he still have more than an hour left in his clock. Roberto informed him that if he was still behind in writing his moves, he can't offer a draw.

In the Reserves Division, Felix Oling, Jr. clinched the title with a round to spare with a masterful conquest of John Mark Tamayo in 32 moves of Closed Sicilian. THE MOVES:

Tamayo, John Mark (1435) - Oling, Jr., Felix [B23]
2015 PNCC (8), 29.11.2015
         1. e4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.d4 e6 4.Nf3 a6 5.Be2 Qb6 6.d5 d6 7.b3 e5 8.h3 Nf6 9.Be3 Qc7 10.Rb1 b5 11.a3 b4 12.axb4 cxb4 13.Na4 Nxe4 14.Qd3 Nc5 15.Bxc5 dxc5 16.Qc4 Bd6 17.0–0 Bd7 18.Rfe1 Bxa4 19.bxa4 Nd7 20.Ng5 h6 21.Ne4 0–0 22.Nxd6 Qxd6 23.Bg4 Nb6 24.Qe4 f5 25.Bxf5 Rxf5 26.g4 Rf6 27.Qe3 g5 28.Rbd1 Raf8 29.Rd2 Nc4 30.Qd3 Nxd2 31.Qxd2 Rxf2 32.Qd3 e4    0–1

            In the Women and Junior Division, top seed WNM Angelica Parrado is still perfect with 8 straight points when her opponent for the penultimate round did not show up. She mentioned to Roberto that instead of spending the $2,000.00 airfare to participate in the 2016 World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan, she would rather go to USA. It is not an election year and players who would like to be a part of Palau Chess team to Baku, they are advised to save now to buy their own airfare. The 2016 WCO will be held on Sept. 17-30, 2016. Full accommodation is provided. In the 2012 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, all 4 members of Palau Chess Team bought their own airfare of $1,300.00 (Manila-Singapore-Istanbul round trip) and $515.00 for Palau-Manila (round trip). The 4 members of that 2012 Team were Roberto Hernandez, Menandro Manuel, his wife Elizabeth and Bernardo Garcia, who became Palau’s first titled player when he scored 3.5 points in his first 7 games for a 50% performance.

            Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 3797: 1. Rb7+ Ka8 2. Ra7+!! Kxa7 3. Qb7 mate.
                            Congratulations to Brandon Kyle Lagmay Soriano for solving this puzzle. Roberto gave him $1.00 to be put in his piggy bank of quarter dollars.

            This week’s puzzle No. 3798: 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 98
              December 07, 2015

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