: STARTING ANOTHER STREAK
Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr., middle, is receiving his championship medal from Roberto Hernandez after clinching the 2016 Palau Rapid Chess Championship on April 17. His 5 straight national titles were snapped by Tito Cabunagan in the final day of 2016 PBCC. He is on with a new streak with the win. Jeff Balbalosa, left, missed his 2nd straight national title with a lost to Rustum Cabuso in the 9th round.
(Photo by Roberto Hernandez)
CYRIL DEFENDS PRCC TITLE;
INVITATION TO 2016 WCO IN AZERBAIJAN
DEFENDING champion Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr. keeps his stride in topping the 2016 Palau Rapid Chess Championship being held on Sunday, April 17 at Surangel’s Campaign Headquarters within the Mason’s Hardware premises.
Cyril won all of his last 3 remaining games to pull away with a round to spare when 1st runner-up finisher Paquito ‘Pax’ Suringa, Jr. lost to Gonzalo Escapatoria, Jr. while 2nd runner-up titlist Tito Cabunagan collected the same number of points (7) but settled for 3rd place after the tie breaks were used. The only loss of Cyril was dealt to him by Pax in the 2nd round.
Roberto Hernandez lost his 7th round game with Dennis Gonzales in 48 moves of Sicilian Defence, won by default over Josef Karlo Moyet and mated Arnold Inres in 38 moves of another Sicilian Defence to finish tied at 4th place with Dennis.
THE MOVES: Hernandez, Roberto (1842) - Gonzales, Dennis (1696) [B32]
2016 PRCC (7), 17.04.2016
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 d5 4.dxc5 dxe4 5.Qxd8+ Nxd8 6.Bb5+ Nc6 7.Ne5 Bd7 8.Nxd7 Kxd7 9.0–0 e5 10.b4 a6 11.Ba4 Be7 12.Bb2 Bf6 13.Nd2 Kc7 14.Bxc6 Kxc6 15.Nxe4 Rd8 16.Nd6 Nh6 17.Rad1 Rd7 18.Ne4 Rhd8 19.Rxd7 Rxd7 20.Nxf6 gxf6 21.f4 Ng4 22.fxe5 fxe5 23.h3 Ne3 24.Rf6+ Kb5 25.Rb6+ Ka4 26.c6 bxc6 27.Rxc6 Kxb4 28.Bxe5 Kb5 29.Rc3 Nc4 30.Rb3+ Ka4 31.c3 Nxe5 32.Rb6 Ka5 33.Rh6 Re7 34.Rxh7 Re6 35.h4 Rf6 36.Rh5 Re6 37.Rf5 Ka4 38.h5 Ka3 39.h6 Ng6 40.Rxf7 Kxa2 41.h7 Re1+ 42.Kf2 Rh1 43.Ra7 Nf8 44.c4 Nxh7 45.Rxa6+ Kb3 46.c5 Rc1 47.c6 Nf6 48.c7 0–1
Inres, Arnolfo (1607) - Hernandez, Roberto (1842) [B23]
2016 PRCC (9), 17.04.2016
1. e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.Bc4 e6 6.a3 b5 7.Bd3 c4 8.Be2 Bb7 9.d3 Qc7 10.0–0 Qc5+ 11.Kh1 Ng4 12.Ng5 Nf2+ 13.Rxf2 Qxf2 14.Bf3 Be7 15.e5 d5 16.Nh3 Qb6 17.d4 0–0 18.Qe1 Nd7 19.Qg3 b4 20.axb4 Bxb4 21.Ne2 Rac8 22.c3 Be7 23.Rb1 a5 24.f5 exf5 25.Bh6 Qxh6 26.Nef4 Bh4 27.Qxh4 Qxh4 28.Nxd5 Bxd5 29.Bxd5 Nb6 30.Bb7 Rb8 31.Ba6 Qe4 32.Rf1 Qd3 33.Kg1 Nd5 34.b3 Qe3+ 35.Kh1 cxb3 36.c4 b2 37.cxd5 b1Q 38.Rxb1 Rxb1+ 39.Ng1 Qxg1# 0–1
The invitation letter from Baku, Azerbaijan World Chess Olympiad has been sent to Palau Chess Federation that read as this: INVITATION –42nd Chess Olympiad 87th FIDE Congress Baku 2016
Dear Friends and Chess Lovers,
The Azerbaijani Chess Federation and the Baku Chess Olympiad Operating Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan have the great honor to invite all member federations of FIDE to the 42nd Chess Olympiad and the 87th FIDE Congress taking place in Baku between September 1st-14th.
The venue of the Olympiad is the Crystal Hall, and the Congress will be held in the Baku Fairmont Hotel. The 42nd Olympiad is the biggest chess event in Azerbaijan’s history, and we hope that it will be an exceptional event for all of us, with many strong chess moments.
We are looking for your presence to share this Olympiad all together.
Head of the Baku Chess Olympiad Operating Committee
Chief Arbiter of the Olympiad
Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 4368: 1. … Qxf1+! 2. Kxf1 Rc1+ 3. Ke2 Rd2 mate.
This week’s puzzle No. 4369: Black to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)
Sources: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
April 25, 2016
Music and Me by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
March 15, 2012 -- April 2013
April 2013 -- April 25, 2016
Chess and Music (Perfect Combination)
The Beginning of Chess in Palau
By Roberto Hernandez
To be published as a book in the future
The History of Chess in Palau
By Roberto Hernandez
June 09, 2002--April 25, 2016