Monday, March 6, 2017

(1344) Free Reg. Fee L/B Chess 2/19; AGM, Awarding, Election on Feb. 26 (TBN-Feb. 13, 2017)

                    These American couples from Washington enjoyed my music at Palau Royal Resort. They also know about my chess experiences abroad. Ed and Lynn Van Vliet from Spokane, Washington, 2nd and 3rd from left, gave me a total of $50.00 in Feb. 4 and 7, 2017 for playing old American songs and an encore of “Somewhere My Love”, the theme from the movie “Dr. Zhivago”.
                                                 (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)

                 ON FEB. 19;
   AGM, Election of PCF Officers 
         and Awarding of Medals
                on Feb. 26

THE LAST 2 Sundays of Feb. will be very busy as the start of Palau Chess Federation’s Calendar of Events will take place starting Feb. 19 with a 1-day Lightning Chess tilt with free registration. However, the active players who would like to participate in this event and to be able to vote in the coming election of new officers of PCF, are required to pay the one year membership fee worth $20.00.
                The time control of the Lightning Chess tilt is 3 minutes for each player to finish the game with 2 seconds increment. It will be over in 2 hours with the 1st round to start at 3pm. The top 3 finishers will receive medals.
                The Annual General Meeting is next on Feb. 26 at still undetermined location. The last AGM was held at Palau Royal Resort in Feb. 10, 2013 together with the awarding of prizes for the 2012 Palau National Chess Championship-- while the last PCF election was held at PRR in December 2012.
                In the election of Officers and Board Members, current President Eric Ksau Surangel Whipps will retain his position while the other seats –Vice President (Incumbent Tito Cabunagan), Treasurer (Dennis Gonzales), General Secretary (me, Roberto Hernandez), Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr. (Board Member) and Jeff Balbalosa (Board Member) will be contested together with an additional Board Member to replace CM Bernardo Garcia, who left Palau for good early last year, and a woman Board Member.
                A 3-week Palau Blitz Chess Championship will ensue on March 12, 19 and 26. I would like to share this knowledge about the month of February and March in a non-leap year: If it’s not leap year, the 1st to the 28th day of February is the same as the 1st to the 28th day of March! That’s why Lightning Chess on Feb. 19 (Sunday), AGM, Election and Awarding are on Feb. 26 (Sunday). Thus, the March 12, 19, and 26 are also Sundays.
                As National Champions of 2016 PNCC, Cyril and Bheng are outright qualifiers to 2018 World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. Color of pieces issue has been resolved with me tasked to make cross-tables for 4 divisions of 2017 PNCC if it is round-robin. Jeff will do it as usual if it’s Swiss system.
                The tournaments for this year are Lightning, Blitz, Rapid and Standard (Open/Qualifying for the Top 10 Division in July). There’s a Reserves Division for those who didn’t make it.
                The new FIDE Ratings of Palau chess players for the month of Feb. have been published with Cyril retaining the No. 1 spot from 1845 to 1868 for a gain of 23 rating points. Allan Alcid gained the most points (108!) for his superb performance in the 2016-2017 PNCC—from 1664-1792, to dislodged me at No. 2. I lost 31 rating points and slid to No. 3 from 1782-1751. Jeff Balbalosa lost only 3 points to keep his No. 4 slot—from 1749-1746; Tito and Paquito ‘Pax’ Suringa, Jr. are tied at 5th-6th spot with Tito losing 76 points (17 games, including his lost points in 2017 Oceania Zonal Chess Championship)—from 1779 to 1703. Pax gained 23 from 1680-1703.
                Rustum Cabuso lost 77 points and slid from 5th to 7th with1662 from his previous 1739. Dennis Gonzales stayed at 8th with 1618. At No. 9 is Gonzalo ‘Jojo’ Escapatoria, Jr., who gained 15 (1574-1589) and Angelica Parrado-Sisior still made it to No. 10 in spite of losing 114 points from 14 games including games from 2017 OZCC. Her 1665 rating went down to 1551.
                Other notable changes in ratings are: No. 11 Manuel ‘Jun’ Mahor--+36 (1489-1525); new Woman National Master No. 12 Baby Edna Mission gained 5 (from 1491-1496); No. 13 Destiny Sisior lost 17 (1508-1491); No. 14 Arnolfo Inres has 1486. He left Palau for good in Dec. 2016. No. 15 Joan Gemota’s 2nd place finish gained her 24 points (1427-1451); No. 16 Angelil Sisior lost the most points (31) in the Women’s Division (1480-1449); No. 17 Glen Navarroza stayed at 1388; No. 18 Gladys Anne Paloma lost 21 (1382-1361); No. 19 Joy Flores Whipps added 3 points to her 1292 previous rating; No. 21 and the youngest active junior Palau player Kyarii Sisior earned 17 points to up his 1098 rating to 1115. And finally, No. 20 newcomer Jennifer Angeles is now rated 1165.

Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 16 by CM Joselito Marcos: 1. Bh7 b4 2. Kf5 Kb1 3. Kf6+ Kb2 4. Kg6 Kb1 5. Kxh6+ Kb2 6. Kg6 Kb1 7. Kxg5+ Kb2 8. Kf5 Kb1 9. Kxf4+ Kb2 10. Ke4 Kb1 11. Ke3+ Kb2 12. Kd3 Kb1 13. Kd2+ Kb2 14. Bg8 Kb1 15. Rc1+ Kb2 16. Rc6 Kb1 17. Bh7+ Kb2 18. Rg6 Kb1 19. Rg5+ =19. Rf6 Kb2 20. Rf5 19. …Kb2 20. Rf5 Kb1 21. Rf4+ Kb2 22. Re4 Kb1 23. Re3+ Kb2 24. Rd3 Kb1 25. Rxb3#. 

                This week’s puzzle No. 4435: Black to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)

Sources: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
              Tia Belau Newspaper
              Pages 9-10
             Volume 26
             Issue 12
             February 13, 2017

             Chess and Music (Perfect Combination)
             The Beginning of Chess in Palau
             By Roberto Hernandez
             Soon to be published as a book

            Memoirs of a Chess Amateur
            My Memorable Games and Compositions
            By CM Joselito Marcos
            Page 429

            Music and Me by Roberto Hernandez
            Tia Belau Newspaper
            March 15, 2012 -- April 18, 2013
            April 25, 2013 --February 13, 2017

            The History of Chess in Palau
            By Roberto Hernandez
            June 09, 2002-- February 13, 2017   


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