Wednesday, March 2, 2016

(1164) TITO WINS 1st LIGHTNING CHESS TITLE (TBN-Feb. 22, 2016)

KKK Candidates for Vice President and Board Member
                    Roberto Hernandez and Baby Edna “Bheng” Mission are PCF players to run for office in the coming TFCP Election on Feb. 28, 2016 for Vice President and Board Member respectively. The 2 are teammates in the 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. The 9-member Palau Team’s one-night stay at Heritage Hotel in Manila was hosted by Congressman Prospero “Butch” Pichay.
                                                       (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)

                TITO WINS 1st 

CURRENT No. 3 Palau chess player Tito Cabunagan has won 2 National Chess Championships (2011, 2012) to become the 6th National Master (NM) of Palau. His latest title is the 2016 2nd Lightning Chess tourney of the year that was held before the start of 2016 Palau Blitz Chess Championship on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 at Bethlehem Park.
                A total of 12 players participated in this event. Defending champion NM Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr. skipped this supposed to be 2-round only tourney, because his basketball team is playing its 3rd and rubber match championship game against The Originals. Paquito ‘Pax’ Suringa, Jr. and Felix Oling, Jr. also skipped this event due to different reasons.
                The participants are Tito, NM, FI, Roberto Hernandez, Josef Karlo Moyet, Eugene Labarda, Manuel Mahor, Jr., FA Eric Ksau Surangel Whipps, Joan Gemota, Joel Gemota, Glen Navarroza, Rustum Cabuso, Arnolfo Inres and NI Jeff Balbalosa.
                The registration fee is only $2.00 with the half going to the champion and the other half to the Palau Chess Federation fund. The time control is one minute for each player to finish the game with 1 second increment. After the 2nd round, the organizers decided to finish it on the same hour before the start of the 2016 Blitz Chess Championship.
                Roberto won his first round game, lost the next 2 and won the last 3 including the last round vs. Tito, who is undefeated prior to their game. Tito was given his $12.00 cash prize.
                Cyril was able to participate in the Blitz as his basketball game has ended with them losing to the many time champs Originals. Dennis Gonzales arrived before the start of blitz chess after attending the celebration of his 7-year-old daughter. The participant now is odd number (13) because Joel Gemota would not like to participate. The players were able to convince him to join to avoid having a bye player.
                The registration fee is $5.00 and a one-year membership fee of $15.00 is required. Four players paid only a total of $10.00. They will complete the sum next Sunday on the 3rd, 4th and 5th round. The last 2 rounds will be played on Feb. 28, 2016, the date of the election of new officers of The Filipino Community in Palau where Roberto and Baby Edna Mission are running as Vice President and Board Member respectively.
                They are both in the same party (Kalinga ng Kapatiran para sa Kaunlaran), where Max Joseph Asido, the incumbent Vice President is now running as President. Both Asido and Hernandez ran for Auditor in the 2004 TFCP Election, where Hernandez won with the 2nd Auditor, Jun, the Accountant of Mindzenty High School.
                Before accepting the offer to run for whatever position, Hernandez usually inform them that he cannot attend their meetings if it’s night time because he works all his life as musician during night time. There are 2 Vice Presidential candidates in Asido’s ticket. He is Bonifacio ‘Nonoy’ Arganda, who is also an incumbent Board Member like Roberto.
                The K. K. K. candidate for Auditor for this year’s election is Richard Aring of Airai Water Paradise while the 2 Business Managers are the incumbent Jovita ‘Baby’ Martin of Koror State and Joseph Verano of WCTC. The P. R. O. is Agustin Ragot of K. E. Company. The Sergeant-at-Arms position is already won by Giovanni Avila as there is no other person running for that post.
                The 14 Board of Directors candidates are incumbent Lorna Asido (Max’s wife) of P. E. C. I., Lita ‘Adachi’ Campingco and Robert ‘Obet’ Aguilar, Joy Canete Biantam of WCTC, John Rey Collado of Belau National Hospital,  Dennis Jumawid and Jerry Layones of Computer Plus, Rhea Malonzo of PRA, “Bheng” Edna Mission of Ngarchelong State, Ligaya “Gay-Gay” Sara Osias of PCC, Lilibeth Pulido of Rdiall Delta, Lizel Rodriguez of MCS, Benia Secaya of Belau Modekngei School and Jose Rodriguez T. Senase of PRA/Island Times, who is also listed in PCF inactive chess player. He is also a former reporter at Tia Belau but transferred to Island Times a few years ago, to fill in the slot left by Peter Erick Magbanua, another inactive chess player listed at

                In the first round, Roberto subdued Joel Gemota and drew his 2nd round game with Mahor, Jr. where only their kings are left on the board. Mission showed up at the venue but didn’t participate. She mentioned to Roberto about her intention to join the Palau chess team to 2016 World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan together with WNM Angelica Parrado. The women players of Palau were not informed yet by Tito about the decision of the Board to have only a team (in the Open) because of lack of funds. Tito was assigned to inform the women players but it seems he hadn’t informed them yet.

                Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 3825: 1. Qf8+!! Rxf8 2. Rxh7+ Kg8 3. Nh6 mate.

                This week’s puzzle No. 3826: White to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)

Sources: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
               Tia Belau Newspaper
               Pages 9-10
               Volume 25
               Issue 15
               February 22, 2016

              Chess and Music (Perfect Combination)
              The Beginning of Chess in Palau 
              By Roberto Hernandez
              To be published as a book in the future

              Music and Me by Roberto Hernandez
             Tia Belau Newspaper
             March 15, 2012 -- April 2013
             April 2013 -- February 22, 2016

             The History of Chess in Palau
             By Roberto Hernandez
             June 09, 2002 -- February 22, 2016   


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