: VIDEO THIS TIME
After sending photos and short written biography of Palau Chess Team Members to 2016 Baku Chess Olympiad, it is video this time with L-R: Jeff Balbalosa, Dennis Gonzales, Eric Ksau Suragnel Whipps, Roberto Hernandez, Allan Alcid and Paquito Suringa, Jr. saying “Alii” at the start and “Sulang” in the end part of the 13-second video. (Photo/Video by Eric Ksau Surangel Whipps)
ALII ! HELLO BAKU, SULANG
DURING a meeting of the 6 members of Palau Chess Team to 2016 World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan on Sept. 01-14, a 13-second video was shot and sent to the organizers with the Team Palau saying, “Alii! Hello Baku, we are Palau Chess Team! I’m Pax, I’m Allan, I’m Robert, I’m Eric, I’m Dennis, I’m Jeff. Sulang!” It was shot at the terrace of the Delegate of the team Eric Ksau Whipps’ residence overlooking the rock islands, with Roberto Hernandez (Team Captain, Player and Counselor), Paquito Suringa, Jr., Dennis Gonzales, Jeffrey Balbalosa and Allan Alcid as players.
The new and varying itinerary of the team was tackled in the meeting with the new route from Manila. Instead of Manila-Dubai-Moscow-Baku and back through China, Eric found a cheaper route of Manila-Bangkok-Istanbul-Baku for $1,059.90 each instead of $1,363.00.
Jeff will leave for Manila on Aug. 19 (Friday) while Dennis will leave on Aug. 23 (Tuesday). Roberto, Paquito and Allan are leaving on Aug. 26 and will stay in Philippines for 5 days before traveling together with Eric, Jeff, Dennis and Tolitz in less than 21-hour trip to Baku.
They will arrive in Baku at 12:10 p.m., just in time for a little rest and preparation for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympiad at 8pm. Eric will go back to Manila on Sept. 08 to attend a wedding. The rest of the team will leave on Sept. 14 in the evening for the trip back to Manila.
Roberto, Paquito, Jeff and Dennis will be back to Palau via United Airlines on Sept. 16 while Allan will stay for a week before coming back to Palau on Sept. 23.
The Koror-Manila airfare is $595.83 + $6.99 for a total of $1,662.72 in which 60% of all the expenses of the Palau participants will be shouldered by Palau Chess Federation. The Azerbaijan visa is free courtesy of the organizers and the Presidential Decree: · Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on visa simplification procedures for foreigners and stateless persons arriving in the Republic of Azerbaijan with the aim to organize and hold the World Chess Olympiad
guided by Clause 32 of Article 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of
Azerbaijan, I hereby resolve as follows: 1. Determine that foreigners and stateless persons arriving in the Republic of Azerbaijan in connection with the World Chess Olympiad may obtain a visa from the structural units of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan located at the international airports of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
2. Consider one of the following documents as a basis for visa issuance:
2.1. An official invitation letter of the Operating Committee of Baku Chess Olympiad;
2.2. A document confirming accreditation obtained in accordance with relevant rules of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)
3. People who have one of the documents mentioned in the 2nd part of this Order can apply for a visa from August 20 to September 20, 2016.
4. Oblige the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan to settle logistic and financial matters related to visa issuance at the international airports of the Republic of Azerbaijan for people arriving in the Republic of Azerbaijan in connection with the World Chess Olympiad. 5. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan should:
5.1. Inform the International Chess Federation (FIDE), the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air
Transport Association (IATA) and relevant institutions of foreign countries about visa simplification procedures for people arriving in the Republic of Azerbaijan in connection with the Chess Olympiad;
5.2. Ensure publication of information about visa simplification procedures for people arriving in the Republic of Azerbaijan in connection with the World Chess Olympiad at the web pages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as its Embassies and Consulates abroad.
6. State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan should inform airlines arranging flights to the Republic of Azerbaijan about the visa simplification procedures for persons arriving in the Republic of Azerbaijan in connection with the World Chess Olympiad. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Baku, 18 April, 2016 No. 1955
Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 3457: 1. Qe1 e4 2. Qf2 mate. If 1. …g3 2. Qe4 mate.
This week’s puzzle No. 3458: White to move and mates in 2 (Solution next issue)
Sources: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
August 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 18, 2013
April 25, 2013 --August 22, 2016
The History of Chess in Palau
By Roberto Hernandez
June 09, 2002 -- August 22, 2016