ROUND 1 ACTION
Palau top player Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr., left, vs. Rustum Cabuso, Dennis Gonzales vs. Tito Cabunagan, Roberto Hernandez vs. Jeff Balbalosa, Paquito Suringa, Jr. vs. Allan Alcid and No. 9 Angelo Salvadora, who is taking this photo had a bye in the 1st round action of 2016 Rapid Chess tilt (Part 2).
Online Arena FIDE Master Jeff Leads
2016 Rapid Chess Tilt
Palau Chess Federation has its first FIDE Master in Online Arena Chess in Jeffrey Balbalosa. World Chess Federation (FIDE) recognized a player’s FIDE Master title if he can maintain his Arena Chess rating of 1400 in 50 games against other players from different countries. FIDE has different rating of players in standard, rapid, blitz and now arena.
Palau’s first titled player in standard time control is CM Bernardo Garcia, who gained his well-deserved CM title in 2012 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey. Palau’s first FIDE Arbiter title was gained by PCF President Eric Ksau Surangel Whipps when he and his son Ksau Anthony represented Palau in 2013 World Youth Chess Championship in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Palau’s first FIDE Instructor (FI) is Roberto Hernandez when he topped the FIDE Trainers’ Seminar that was conducted by FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg in Palau in April 2014 where 6 local players got their National Instructor (NI) titles and 7 got their Developmental Instructor (DI) titles. These titles are valid for 2 years (2014-2015) and will have to be renewed during the 2016 World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan for another 2 years. It is in this Olympiad that Palau will try again to get at least another CM or FM titles with its team in the Open section that is compose of Hernandez, Balbalosa, Dennis Gonzales, Paquito Suringa, Jr. and Allan Alcid with Eric as Delegate.
Mr. Jan-Olav Berglund, Palau’s Delegate in 2008, 2010 and 2012 World Chess Olympiads, got his FI title in Istanbul in 2012 but he’s not considered a local Palau player as he has never been to Palau at least once. But he is an Honorary Member of Palau Chess Federation for his all-out support for the development of chess in Palau.
Being active in online arena chess, Jeff scored 3 straight victories in the opening day of 2016 Palau Rapid Chess tilt held on Sunday, June 26 at Surangel’s Campaign Headquarters. In his most impressive start, Jeff defeated the top 3 seeds –Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr., Tito Cabunagan and Hernandez to lead the 9-player field of this 3-week tourney.
THE MOVES: (Round 1 – the only annotated game of this round)
Hernandez, Roberto (1842) - Balbalosa, Jeffrey (1694) [C02]
2016 Rapid Chess Tilt (1), 26.06.2016
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Be2 Bd7 7.0–0 Rc8 8.a3 Nge7 9.dxc5 Qxc5 10.Be3 Qa5 11.b4 Qc7 12.b5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Bxa7 Nf5 15.g4 Nh4 16.Bd4 Qc7 17.b6 Qb8 18.f4 Bd6 19.Bxg7 Rg8 20.Bd4 Ng6 21.Be5 Nxe5 22.fxe5 Bxe5 23.Rf2 Bxc3 24.Nxc3 Rxc3 25.Qd4 Qc8 26.Qf6 Rf8 27.Raf1 Rc1 28.Rxc1 Qxc1+ 29.Kg2 Qxa3 30.Qe5 Qc1 31.Bf3 Bc6 32.Qf6 d4 33.Bxc6+ Qxc6+ 34.Qf3 Kd7 35.Qxc6+ Kxc6 36.Rb2 Rd8 37.Kf2 d3 38.Ke1 d2+ 39.Kd1 Kc5 40.Rb3 Kc4 41.Rh3 Ra8 42.Rxh7 Ra2 43.Rh5 Kd3 44.Rh3+ Ke4 45.Rc3 Kf4 46.h3 Rb2 47.Rc2 Rxc2 48.Kxc2 Kg3 49.Kxd2 Kxh3 50.g5 Kg4 51.Ke3 Kxg5 52.Ke4 f6 53.Kd4 Kf5 54.Kc5 e5 55.Kd6 e4 56.Kc7 e3 57.Kxb7 e2 58.Kc7 e1Q 59.b7 Qb1 60.b8Q Qxb8+ 61.Kxb8 Ke4 0–1
In the 2nd round, while in the middle of their game, the power went off. After waiting for 15 minutes, the players decided to continue their games even with little light. Roberto lost to Suringa, Jr. by time forfeit. THE MOVES: Suringa, Jr., Paquito (1795) - Hernandez, Roberto (1842)
2016 Rapid Chess Tilt (2), 26.06.2016
1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e3 Bb4+ 5.Nd2 0–0 6.a3 Be7 7.Ngf3 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Ng4 10.h3 Nf6 11.Bd3 d5 12.Qc2 Ne4 13.cxd5 Nxg3 14.fxg3 Qxd5 15.0–0–0 Bd6 16.h4 g4 17.Bc4 Qa5 18.Nb3 Qb6 19.Nfd2 Bxg3 20.Nc5 Kh7 21.Rdf1 Qc6 22.Ndb3 b6 23.Nd3 Bb7 24.Nf4 Bxf4 25.Rxf4 Qxg2 26.Rhf1 Qxc2+ 27.Kxc2 Bd5 28.Be2 c5 29.Rxg4 Nc6 30.Bd3 cxd4 1–0
It is now round-robin as there are only 9 participants. The standings after 3 rounds – 1. Balbalosa, 3 pts. 2. Rustum Cabuso (1720) 2 pts. 3. Montel, Jr. (1935) 2 pts. 4. Cabunagan (1870) 2 pts. 5. Angelo Salvadora (1673) 2 pts. 6. Alcid (1656) 2 pts. 7. Gonzales (1714) 1 pt. 8. Hernandez 1 pt. and Suringa, Jr. 1 pt.
Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 3946: 1. Qxa8+!! Rxa8 2. Nc5+ Ka5 3. Rb5 mate. If 2. ... Ka7 3. Rb7 mate.
This week’s puzzle No. 3481 (White to move and mates in 2)
Starting this issue, the succeeding 6 puzzles are all interesting mate in 2.
Sources: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
July 04, 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 18, 2013
April 25, 2013 --July 04, 2016
The History of Chess in Palau
By Roberto Hernandez
June 09, 2002 -- July 04, 2016