WELCOME ABOARD – 3 NEW BOARD MEMBERS!
3 new board members of PCF were elected while the President, Treasurer and General Secretary were retained. Palau’s top player Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr., 5th from left, was voted as Vice President. From left, President Eric Ksau Surangel Whipps; new Board Members Angelica Parrado-Sisior and Angelo Salvadora, General Secretary Roberto Hernandez, Cyril, Treasurer Dennis Gonzales and the 3rd new Board Member Rustum Cabuso pose for a photo after they won the election.
(Photo by Roberto Hernandez)
P. C. F. NEWLY ELECTED
OFFICERS FOR 2017-2021
FEBRUARY 26, 2017 marks the new dawn of Palau Chess Federation’s elected new officers for the next 5 years (2017-2021) with the election of new set of officers and board members held at Bethlehem Park that started at past 7pm.
Prior to the election, Annual General Meeting and awarding of prizes for the just concluded 2016-2017 Palau National Chess Championship, a blitz contest was organized while waiting for current PCF President Eric Ksau Surangel Whipps, who will preside the three events.
The 11 participants of the blitz chess contest are Dennis Gonzales, Manuel ‘Jun’ Mahor, Jr., Angelica Morales Magno, Rustum Cabuso, Paquito ‘Pax’ Suringa, Jr., Baby Edna ‘Bheng’ Mission, me, Tito Cabunagan, Angelo Salvadora, Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr. and Gonzalo ‘Jojo’ Escapatoria, Jr.
I have brought only 3 chessboards with pieces and 4 clocks so Bheng gets her wooden chess board that I sold to her 3 years ago. The game begins with 5 minutes and 3 seconds increment time control. Tito played the most games with 8, winning 6 and losing 2 while Dennis had an even day with 3 wins, 3 losses and a draw. Rustum is still undefeated after 6 games with 5 wins and a draw (to Jun) while I lost to Rustum, drew with Cyril and won over Pax,Tito, Angelo and Jojo. Angel(1-3), Angelo (2-2), Cyril (1-1-2), Pax (2-0-2), Bheng (0-0-4) and Jun (1-2-1)have played 4 games each. Jojo played only 2 games and lost both.
When Eric comes, the blitz event is not yet finish. It will be resumed next Sunday. The awarding was held after I adjusted cross table of the Top 10 Division because Allan Alcid (2nd place) and Jeff Balbalosa (tied at 5th-9th) didn’t pay their registration fee of $10.00 each and thus their scores are all - + that resulted in me, Jojo and Tito tied at 3rd place. After the 3 tie breaks were applied, I won the 3rd place (bronze trophy) trailing Cyril (gold) and Pax (silver). In the women’s division, Bheng, Joan Gemota and Angelil Sisior, got their nicely crafted trophies that Dennis bought in Baku, Azerbaijan. The junior division winners are Destiny Sisior, Kyarii Sisior and Jhoana Malinao.
At the AGM, the coming to Palau by Toti Abundo, the Deputy President of Asian Chess Federation, in May 17-19, 2017 was tackled. He is coming to conduct FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar for 3 days at 6 hours every day for a chance to participants to gain FIDE Arbiter’s Title. Mr. Eric is the lone Palau’s FIDE Arbiter, Roberto—the lone FIDE Instructor. Palau has 6 National Instructors and 7 Developmental Instructors as well as 3 National Arbiter—me, Dennis and CM Bernardo Garcia (left Palau for good).
Oceania Zone President Paul Spiller of New Zealand will be sending chess materials for Palau to be distributed to schools for possible forming of chess clubs within schools. It is also aimed to attract more local players to join.
Guam is bidding to host the 2019 Oceania Zonal Chess Championship. Palau will bid for 2021 OZCC. The long delayed inclusion of chess to the Palau National Olympic Committee is also discussed. The 4 main reasons of PNOC for not accepting yet the PCF are: 1. They say that chess is not a sport, which is not true because it is recognized by IOC as a sport and it is also one of the 2 sports that have its own Olympiad; 2. Being included in PNOC, they are worried that they will be obliged to give fund for its reps in participating off island; 3. There’s not enough Palauans in the federation and that we don’t have a development plan for 5 years. I am being tasked to make this development plan.
Eric specified that officers of PCF are volunteers and not being paid. He asks not to pressure the officers and board members. It is also suggested that AGM should be held every last week of February.
And the election begins! The president must be a Palauan citizen so Eric retains the presidency. Tito nominated Cyril as Vice President. By raising their hands, majority voted Cyril. Incumbent Dennis (Treasurer) and I as General Secretary were reelected. It’s time now to choose the 3 new board members with Jeff Balbalosa and Tito refused to take volunteer responsibilities anymore.
Five candidates run for Board Members—Angelica Parrado-Sisior, Angelo Salvadora, Rustum Cabuso, Jojo Escapatoria and Bheng. By raising their hands, the attendees voted Angelica (12 votes), Angelo (11) and Rustum (8). Jojo and Bheng got 7 and 5 votes respectively.
The first Board Members meeting of the new officers will be held at Bethlehem Park on March 06, 2017 (Monday) at 5pm.
Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 4437: 1. …Rxh4+!! 2. Kxh4 Qh2+ 3. Kg4 Qh5#
This week’s puzzle No. 4438: Black to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)
Sources: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
March 06, 2017
Chess and Music (Perfect Combination)
The Beginning of Chess in Palau
By Roberto Hernandez
Soon to be published as a book
Music and Me by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
March 15, 2012 -- April 17, 2013
April 25, 2013 -- March 06, 2017
The History of Chess in Palau
By Roberto Hernandez
June 09, 2002 -- March 06, 2017