Friday, May 27, 2016


                     Teimour Radjabov, right, is Azerbaijan’s Board 1 player in the 2012 WCO in Istanbul, Turkey. He is currently No. 2 of his country with Shakhiyar Mamedyarov at No. 1 and Eltaj Safarli at 3rd. Surprising is former Germany’s No. 1 Arkadij Naiditsch, who changed federation and is now Azerbaijan’s No. 4. Radjabov is up against former world champion Vladimir Kramnik, left, in Russia vs. Azerbaijan match on Sept. 04, 2012. Azerbaijan has 16 Grandmasters (GM) and 7 Woman Grandmasters (WGM).
                                                        (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)

**This photo was not published due to lack of space.

           SCHEDULE OF 42nd CHESS  

THE 181-country members of FIDE (World Chess Federation) are all invited to participate in the 42nd World Chess Olympiad to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from Sept. 01-14, 2016. A Presidential Decree was created to have all participants get their visas at Baku Airport upon arrival. This is a very much welcomed effort by the organizers to lessen the burdens of participants like what happened in the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway where the Team Palau (Open and Women) need to come to Manila 2 weeks earlier than the Olympiad schedule to get their Schengen visas at Royal Norwegian Embassy.
                During each round of the Olympiad, the Team Captains will be given green cards for the players who will play in the current round, which should be returned to the Match Arbiters after the game. The players are asked to carry their green card player cards with their accreditation badges. Players who don’t participate in the round are asked to enter the venue from the visitors’ entrance if they wish to follow the games.

                Roberto Hernandez will be Palau’s Delegate in this Olympiad in the absence of its Delegate Eric Ksau Surangel Whipps. The 87th FIDE Congress will be held in the Fairmont Hotel in Baku. All Congress participants (Delegates, Commission Chairpersons, Secretaries and members) must register through the Olympiad’s official registration system. The Congress participants, except the FIDE Presidential Board and officials by FIDE should pay the registration fee of 100 Eur to BCOOC. The Congress participants will be able to obtain their accreditations in the Accreditation Center located in the Fairmont Hotel.
                Except if they demand to the organizers to be accommodated in a different hotel, the Congress
Participants will be accommodated in the Fairmont Hotel. The accommodation in the same hotel as the national team is possible, but the transport to and from the Congress venue won’t be provided by the Organizers. Congress delegates will nevertheless have the possibility of using Baku cabs at a unique advantageous fee.
                The Organizers offer the Congress delegates free accommodation in single rooms, with a full board. The other Congress participants should pay for their accommodation by themselves according to the rates indicated in the section “Accommodation”.

                Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 3941: 1. Qc4+!! Bxc4 2. Bxc4+ Kd6 3. Nb5 mate.

                This week’s puzzle No. 3492: White to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)

Sources: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
              Tia Belau Newspaper
              Pages 11 & 13
              Volume 25
              Issue 41
              May 23, 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 -- May 23, 2016

             The History of Chess in Palau
             By Roberto Hernandez
             June 09, 2002 -- May 23, 2016   

(1221) CHESS MATE ISSUES No. 201-250 and their LINKS

                      CHESS MATE ISSUES No. 201-250
                                    and their LINKS

201. CM201     Manuel Keeps Lead                                                      Oct. 27-Nov. 03, 2006

        202. CM202     Pastrana Spoils Hernandez’ Win Streak                              Nov. 03-10, 2006

        203. CM203     Veteran Newcomer Scores 5-1-1                                          Nov. 10-17, 2006

        204. CM204     Villa Bags First Blitz Title                                                            Nov. 17-24, 2006

205. CM205     Palauan Kids Are Invited to Christmas Break Tilt             Nov. 24-Dec. 01, 2006

        206. CM206     Omega, Villa, Eti Win Blitz Title                                               Dec. 01-08, 2006

        207. CM207     Dmitri Is Top Seed in Kids Chess Tilt                                     Dec. 08-15, 2006

        208. CM208     Manuel, Villa Share Rapid Chess Title                                  Dec. 15-22, 2006

        209. CM209     Blitz Chess Festival on Dec. 24                                                Dec. 22-29, 2006

        210. CM210     Chess Mate Marks 4th Year; Lapuz Wins Blitz Tilt     Dec. 29, 2006-Jan. 05, 2007

        211. CM211     2006 Palau Chess Review                                                         Jan. 05-11, 2007

        212. CM212     2007 Chess Tilt Starts Jan. 21                                                   Jan. 11-17, 2007

213. CM213     Let The Games Begin!                                                               Jan. 17-23, 2007

214. CM214     Schedule Conflict                                                                Jan. 26-Feb. 01-2007

215. CM215     Villa Outwits Azana                                                                     Feb. 02-08, 2007

216. CM216     Dittrich Scores, Azana Solo Leader                                       Feb. 09-15, 2007

217. CM217     Tough Nut to Crack                                                               Feb. 16-22, 2007

218. CM218     Master of Blitz Chess                                                  Feb. 23-March 01, 2007

219. CM219     Nedic, Villa Still Unbeaten                                                        March 02-08, 2007

220. CM220     Azana Upsets Montel                                                               March 09-15, 2007

221. CM221     Nedic Gaining Ground                                                               March 16-22, 2007

222. CM222     Omega Scores 2 Wins                                                                March 23-29, 2007

223. CM223     Pastrana Upsets Top Seed Villa                                             March 30-April 05, 2007

224. CM224     Escape with a Win                                                                       April 06-12, 2007

225. CM225     Villa Dealt Nedic His First Loss                                                 April 13-19, 2007

226. CM226     Title Chase on                                                                            April 20-26, 2007

227. CM227     Dittrich Nips 2nd Seed Omega                                           April 27-May 03, 2007

228. CM228     Hernandez, Villa Win Second Championship                           May 04-10, 2007

229. CM229     Nedic Whips Pastrana, clinches 2nd Title                             May 11-17, 2007

230. CM230     PICC – Part 2                                                                     May 18-24, 2007

231. CM231     Fun in Blitz Chess                                                                May 25-31, 2007

232. CM232     A Blitz Title Before Vacation                                                June 01-07, 2007

233. CM233     Chess Environment                                                                    June 08-14, 2007

234. CM234     Watch Out For Paul Garcia                                                       June 15-21, 2007
                   (Front Page—“Right to be Denied”)

235. CM235     Chess and Music                                                                          June 22-28, 2007

236. CM236     PRR Rating Chess Tourney                                                       June 29-July 05, 2007

237. CM237     Allan Tuppil Sponsors Cash and Medals                             July 06-12, 2007

238. CM238     Everyday Dose of Chess Puzzles                                           July 13-19, 2007

239. CM239     PRR Rating Chess Tilt Starts July 21                                       July 20-26, 2007
                             (Front Page—“OEK to Take SP on”)

240. CM240     Guevarra Leads PRR Chess Tilt                                               July 27-Aug. 02, 2007

        241. CM241     Pama Seizes Lead, Elected Chairman of KRCC                 Aug. 03-09, 2007
                           (Front Page—“Palauan Injured in Iraq”)

242. CM242     Lara Scores 7 Wins                                                                       Aug. 10-16, 2007
                           (Front Page – “OEK Begs For US Support”

243. CM243     Flores, Ranopa End Hernandez 9-Game Win Streak     Aug. 17-23, 2007
                           (Front Page – “4,416 Charges vs. Kayangel Officials)

244. CM244     Game Of The Week: Erick’s Revenge                                  Aug. 24-30, 2007

245. CM245     Ka Abe Nips Ivan II, Loses To Lara                           Aug. 31-Sept. 06, 2007
                           (Front Page – “Palau Wins 4 Golds”)

246. CM246     Arnold Rivera Joins PRR Chess Tilt                                        Sept. 07-13, 2007

247. CM247     Father and Son Lead Amb. Marino Cup Chess Tilt          Sept. 14-20, 2007

248. CM248     Two Days of Upsets, Flores Wins 8 Straight                      Sept. 21-27, 2007

249. CM249     Boy Manuel, Boris Diez-Champs of Amb. Cup Chess    Sept. 28-Oct. 04, 2007

250. CM250     Abuton In Solo 3rd Spot                                                             Oct. 05-11, 2007
                           (Front Page – “3 Belauans, SP Among Applicants To SC Judge”)

 Sources: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
               Tia Belau Newspaper
               December 29, 2002 -- October 11, 2007

               The History of Chess In Palau
               By Roberto Hernandez
               June 09, 2002 -- October 05-11, 2007


     During a private party at wooden area of Waves Restaurant of Palau Royal Resort, a special flute performance was done by Palauan flutist Petra and Roberto Hernandez on the piano to the Christian music "You Raised Me Up".
                                                    (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)

On March 14, 2016, there is a private function at the wooden area of Waves Restaurant of Palau Royal Resort. I was approached by a flutist, whom I known only by her name Petra. She played flute during a wedding reception with Rmeriang Tmechtul, using the PRR keyboard at Breeze Bar.      Roberto played music during the wedding held at the beach of PRR with Palau President Johnson Toribiong officiating the wedding ceremony.

     Joy Ngitlab Whipps sang a couple of duet songs with Roland Tangelbad in Remengesau-Whipps, Jr. wedding. Now it's her turn to get married. BEST WISHES!!!
                                                                                                      (Photo by Surangel Whipps, Jr.)

                       PLAYING MUSIC AT WEDDINGS

I’VE PLAYED to a lot of weddings (at the church or at the reception) since 1990. One of them was when one of my lady piano students got married. She specifically mentioned that I play four of her favorite songs in which I remembered only 3 of them: “Somewhere In Time”, “Looking Through The Eyes Of Love” and “Endless Love”.

She is one of the 3 daughters of a lady doctor that I’ve taught for more than a year. It’s one of the special “offer” that I’m doing for playing in a wedding –accepting special songs for that occasion. If I know the songs, I don’t need to practice those. If I don’t know the songs, I’ll ask for a CD and a week of practice like what I did to the wedding of Filipina Rhea to her husband Mr. Richardson, in which she asked me to play “Everyday I Love You” by Boyzone, “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill and 2 more that I can’t recall.

 In Palau, the wedding of the century was held in August 22, 1999 between Valerie Ngereblunt Esang Remengesau, sister of then President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. and Surangel ‘Samuel’ Whipps, Jr., now a Senator. Less than a month before the wedding, I was contracted by the couple to play at the church and at the reception.

During practice of the singers, I was paid $25.00 per hour practicing a duet song with Weena Mario to the song “I Finally Found Someone”, a solo by Yvonne Remeliik --“Save The Best For Last”, a Bridal Processional duet song by Joy Ngitlab Whipps and Roland Tangelbad to the song “From This Moment On”. They also sang during the Lighting of the Unity Candle the song “Only God Could Love You More”.

I also play during the Prelude at church and at the reception. After the church prelude, I also play during the wedding processional the sax instrumental of Kenny G-- “The Moment”. With a touch of contemporary wedding and music, the “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden was played using a CD during the recessional.

The Wedding Ceremony was held at The Sacred Heart Church and the Reception was held at Outrigger Palasia Hotel. In both wedding ceremony programme and reception programme, Robert Hernandez was mentioned 4 times in both programmes.

The other pianists were Richard Dingle and Adrian Pedro. Clarinet by Tmetuchel Baules while the other vocalists were Julna Alcantara, Aunice Yuzi, Dina Ngermekar, Delma Gideon and Eunice Otong.

The Emcees were Blanche Salii and Marvin Sinau.

In April 25, 2002, I also played at the Jeremy-Eva wedding reception in Palau.

 June 16, 2002, the Londa-Secilil wedding reception was held at Palau Pacific Resort Poolside and I played there using my own equipment. The place is too big for my speaker to handle. I can hardly hear my music.

On February 12, 2003, the Tan-Salmorin wedding reception was held at Airai View Hotel. Played there also using the white Yamaha grand piano.

 I played also during the wedding reception of Uchel Tmechtul at Airai View Hotel. The date I can’t remember. It’s one of the many occasions that Amante Caballero used to be my guest singer like the Remengesau-Whipps, Jr.’s wedding reception.

In August 18, 2007, in my second month as musician at Palau Royal Resort, I played at the church wedding of Dr. Tina Maledeo and Joseph Aaron Miravalles at Father McManus Church. The reception is supposed to be at PRR but they didn’t agree on some conditions so they did it at PPR in the evening where I can’t play at the reception because I’m playing piano at PRR from 6pm – 11 pm.

 In April 17, 2010, I played in the PRR beach wedding where Palau President Johnson Toribiong was the one who officiate the wedding. The bride, Dengelei Ngirkelau, is a Palauan and the groom, Shawntrae Landrum, from New York is a military guy. I played the Hawaiian Wedding Song during the ceremony. When I’m playing the “Betik Ra Renguk A Lekebil”, a beautiful Palauan love song, somebody asked me to sing it. The guests are surprised that I can sing it like I understand the meaning of the song.

HERE, Petra and Rmeriang played flute and keyboard respectively while the bride and the groom are dancing. Rmeriang is all praise of the quality of sound of the Yamaha keyboard as it sounds like a real grand piano. Her only complain is the sustain pedal which is very noisy because it is more than 30 years old. I bought it in Japan while playing with First Quarter Band in April 04-Sept. 28, 1982.

 When I sang that song at Rose Garden Resort in August 2005, Senator Alan Seid and his wife Sophie can’t resist dancing with this song. A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE—A FILIPINO SINGING PALAUAN LOVE SONG AND A SENATOR AND HIS WIFE DANCE TO HIS MUSIC AND SONG.

Lastly, I played in a church wedding where the groom has a hearing problem. When it’s time for the priest to ask him, “Do you accept this woman to be your beloved wife?” there’s no reply from him because he has a hearing problem. The bride stepped on his foot and he replied, “Yes!”

There’s no problem with the lighting of the unity candle and the cord but during the exchange of rings, the groom can’t understand what the priest is saying about putting the ring to the bride’s ring finger.

The priest used his thumb and forefinger to make an “o” or ring-shaped character and used his ring finger to put it inside the “o” to illustrate to the groom that he needs to put the ring to the bride’s ring finger.


Source: Music and Me by Roberto Hernandez
              Tia Belau Newspaper
              Pages 10-11
              Volume 21    Issue 38
              June 14, 2012






This is the song that we played together. A Christian song "You Raise Me Up". Petra noticed that I played the accompaniment a little bit fast.
She also asked me later that day to tune their piano one of these days.

Source: Music and Me
              By Roberto Hernandez
              Tia Belau Newspaper
             March 15, 2012 -- April 2013
             April 2013 -- March 31, 2016

(1219) THE 'DARK AGE' OF CHESS MATE (TBN-Aug. 15, 2011)

The new logo has been published without the author’s photo starting on Jan. 05-11, 2007. The 2 puzzles were gone and even the title of issues have been shortened. In June 22-28, 2007, the puzzle is back but only one now. 


STARTING with the 179th Chess Mate issue in May 26-June 02, 2006, the chess column of Roberto Hernandez took a back seat when the succeeding issues were reduced in terms of pages and chess puzzles. There’s still a photo of the author in the logo.

                 Hernandez contributed an article at Island Times Newspaper on their Sept. 28-Oct. 04, 2006 issue that has a photo of Edwin Eti, who donated $100.00 for the champion of Rapid Chess Tournament to be held this September 2006.

                The new logo has been published without the author’s photo starting on Jan. 05-11, 2007. The 2 puzzles were gone and even the title of issues have been shortened. In June 22-28, 2007, the puzzle is back but only one now.
                In the 236th issue on June 29-July 05, 2007, photo of Roberto is now back with a newly design logo. This is maybe largely due to the fact that Roberto will be holding the Palau Royal Resort Rating Chess Tournament among PRR employees with its Food and Beverage Manager Allan Tuppil sponsoring the $100.00 for the top 3 finishers, a trophy for the champion and 3 medals for 2nd, 3rd and 4th finishers.
                Four issues later (240th), Jaime Guevarra’s picture was published with a caption “Jaime Guevarra –Perfect 3-0 Start”. Some issues have even 2 photos on it –“Nino Flores –Tough Nut to Crack”; “Zaldy Ranopa—Will donate his cash prize to KRCC” (Issue 243) and in Issue 247, the father and son Allan Diez and Boris Michael Diez were featured with a title “Father and Son Lead Ambassador Marino Cup Chess Tilt”.

                No photos in the 255th and 256th issues because during the Awarding Ceremony of the PRR Rating Chess Tournament, the camera that was used is not Roberto’s. After a photo of Koror State Legal Counsel Craig Dittrich in the 257th issue, the photos in the column are occasional till the start of 2008 PRR Rapid Chess Tourney and the 2008 Palau National Chess Championship.

Source: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
              Tia Belau Newspaper
              Pages 9-10
             Volume 21
             Issue 33
            August 15, 2011

(1217) Bulletin No. 7 (2010 World Chess Olympiad -- Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia)

Sources: 2010 World Chess Olympiad
              Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
              Bulletin No. 7

             Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
             Tia Belau Newspaper
             December 29, 2003 --October 04, 2010

             The History of Chess in Palau
             By Roberto Hernandez
             June 09, 2002 -- October 04, 2010