Tuesday, November 1, 2016

(1284) 3 DRAWN GAMES OUT OF 4 AT PRR (TBN-Oct. 24, 2016)

                               ****(This photo was not published due to lack of space)

                     A special game was arranged between PRR’s Elizalde Madrinan, left, and Hanpa’s Dennis Gonzales at Dormitory 1 by Roberto Hernandez, right, to accommodate Dennis, who can’t play this Sunday for the 3rd round of qualifying tourney to select the No. 8, 9 and 10 players in the 2016 PNCC’s Top 10 Division. It’s the 3rd drawn games in 4 matches in 3 days.
                                            (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)


Palau Royal Resort’s Dormitory 1 hosted 4 games of the ongoing 2016 Palau National Chess Championship wherein 3 fighting games were drawn. The Top 10 Division numbering is already been drawn and the players know which color they will be having and they can play it anytime in conjunction with the qualifying tilt to select the No. 8, 9 and 10 qualifiers.
                Paquito ‘Pax’ Suringa, Jr., who is on sick leave, asked 5th seed Allan Alcid if they can play their game at PRR Dorm 1 on Wed., Oct. 19. He agreed and they played their game at 11:30am and after 3 hours and 57 moves of quality chess, they agreed to halve the point. THE MOVES:
            White: Alcid, Allan (1684) – Black: Suringa, Jr., Paquito (1680) [B06]
                                                           2016 PNCC (1), 19.10.2016
            1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.Bxf7+ Kxf7 6.Ng5+ Ke8 7.Qxg4 Nf6 8.Qe6 Rf8 9.0–0 Nc6 10.Be3 Qd7 11.Nc3 h6 12.Qxd7+ Kxd7 13.Nf3 Ng4 14.h3 Nxe3 15.fxe3 e6 16.a3 a6 17.Rad1 Na5 18.b3 g5 19.e5 Ke7 20.e4 Rf7 21.exd6+ cxd6 22.Ne2 b5 23.e5 d5 24.Nh2 Raf8 25.Ng3 Rxf1+ 26.Rxf1 Rxf1+ 27.Kxf1 Kf7 28.Nh5 Bf8 29.a4 bxa4 30.bxa4 Nc4 31.Ke2 Nb2 32.a5 Nc4 33.Nf6 Nxa5 34.Nd7 Nc4 35.Nxf8 Kxf8 36.Ng4 Kg7
37.Nf6 a5 38.Kd3 Kg6 39.g4 a4 40.Kc3 a3 41.Kb3 Ne3 42.c3 Nc4 43.Ne8 Kf7 44.Nc7 Ke7 45.Nb5 Nd2+ 46.Kxa3 Ne4 47.Kb4 Nf2 48.c4 dxc4 49.Kxc4 Nxh3 50.d5 Nf2 51.d6+ Kd7 52.Kd4 Nxg4 53.Nc3 h5 54.Ne4 h4 55.Nxg5 Nh6 56.Ke4 Nf5 57.Kf4 Nxd6. At this point, Pax gives away his knight for 2 pawns as the King and knight of Allan is not enough to mate Pax.      ½–½
            The Alcid vs. Roberto Hernandez match was set on Oct. 20 at 10:30am to be followed by Pax vs. Roberto at 2pm later in the afternoon. Alcid used the same defense that Pax used in their game – the Pirc or Yugoslav. On the 11th move, a doubtful g4 move by Hernandez created a weakness in his kingside that Alcid exploited to the end until he won Hernandez queen and threatened mate on his 37th move that forced Hernandez resignation.
THE MOVES: Hernandez, Roberto (1782) - Alcid, Allan (1684) [B07]
                                    2016 PNCC Top 10 Division (1), 20.10.2016
            1. e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bd3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.0–0 Be7 7.b3 Nbd7 8.Bb2 c6 9.Nbd2 Qc7 10.h3 Bh5 11.g4 Bg6 12.Qe2 h5 13.g5 Nh7 14.h4 0–0–0 15.a4 f6 16.Nc4 Nc5 17.gxf6 gxf6 18.a5 Qd7 19.Ne1 Qh3 20.Ng2 Nxd3 21.cxd3 Rxd3 22.Bxe5 fxe5 23.Nxe5 Bxe4 24.Qxe4 Rd5 25.Ng6 Bd6 26.N2f4 Qg4+ 27.Kh1 Bxf4 28.Nxf4 Qxh4+ 29.Kg2 Rg8+ 30.Kf3 Ng5+ 31.Ke3 Nxe4 32.Nxd5 cxd5 33.Rac1+ Kd7 34.f3 Qg5+ 35.Kd4 Qd2+      0–1
            Later in the afternoon, Pax and Roberto played their game at 2pm. The game is even when Pax committed a blunder and lost a piece (bishop) but Roberto didn’t see giving back the piece (knight) for 2 pawns and a won endgame. Instead, Pax draw by virtue of 50-move draw without capture.
                The next day, Oct. 21, it’s time for Dennis Gonzales and PRR Japanese chef Elizalde Madrinan for their match at 5:30pm. Dennis requested that schedule because he can’t make it on Sunday. Their game lasted also more than 70 moves with only a king left for Eli and a king and a pawn to Dennis, but Eli got the opposition and the result is another draw.
                 When Miguel Najdorf played 45 chess games simultaneously blindfold in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1947 the exhibition took over 23 hours, including an interval for Najdorf to change his perspiration-soaked shirt and rest his eyes. Later the Hungarian Janos Flesch played 52 games without sight of the board, but his claim unraveled because many opponents resigned after a few moves, and it seemed that Najdorf's performance would never be approached.
                But last month a little-known 41-year-old 2300-rated German master, Marc Lang, toppled the record with 46 games in 21 hours. In previous years Lang set a German record, then broke George Koltanowski's historic European mark of 34 games played at Edinburgh in 1937. Lang spent several months preparing for the world attempt, taking time off from his computer business and seeing little of his family. During the 21 hours at Sontheim in south Germany Lang sat in the same room as his opponents with a barrier which stopped him seeing his opponents' boards. He typed his moves on to a computer screen which showed only the latest move played, and at the end scored 75 per cent. Most of his opponents were rated under 1700, weak club standard, but they could all see the board.
                All blindfold specialists use techniques to aid memory. Lang divided the games into groups of five, taking the black pieces on every fifth board. He gave each group a theme such as 1 Nc3 or 1 e4 and opened with the theme move in the first and last games of each group.
                Past blindfold experts were mostly also great players in normal chess like Alexander Alekhine, Harry Pillsbury and Najdorf, so the question is how a journeyman master could surpass them. Lang may have been helped by typing his moves rather than announcing them verbally, he had 19 draws, while some opponents played feebly as in the two games below. Allowing for this, Najdorf and Alekhine gave more impressive performances – but in world records it is the total number of games that counts. The fact that Najdorf's landmark could be broken at Lang's first attempt suggests that the potential human level is still higher and perhaps now sparking interest from other contenders as occurred in the 1920s and 1930s.

                Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 3491: 1. Rc3 bxc3 2. Qd6 mate. This puzzle and the previous 3 (No. 3488, 3489 and 3490) were all composed by G. Zahodyakin in 1967. Original composition by CM Joselito Marcos will be featured next.

                This week's puzzle No. 3492: White to move and mates in 2 (Solution next issue)

Sources: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
               Tia Belau Newspaper
               Pages 9-10
               Volume 25
               Issue 85
               October 24, 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-- October 24, 2016

              The History of Chess in Palau
              By Roberto Hernandez
              June 09, 2002 -- October 24, 2016

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