Thursday, April 6, 2017


                After winning the 79th Tata Steel Masters Chess Tournament earlier this year, Wesley So is receiving the trophy from Anatoly Karpov and an organizer wearing traditional/modern barong expressing that he’s still a Filipino although he transferred federation to USA. During 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 World Chess Olympiads, he still had photo sessions with me and other Filipinos in different teams.
                     (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)

                CELIZ TO FIJI  

AFTER winning the 2013 Palau National Chess Championship, Jose Celiz accepted the offered job (engineering) in Fiji. With many players like CMs Calvid Prasad and Manoj Kumar (both are my friends since 2009 Oceania Zonal Chess Championship in Australia), Jose found a new place to hone his talent in chess. He showed his prowess to the rated players of Fiji, who regularly send players to World Chess Olympiads and OZCC.

Somebody suggested that he should change federation. When I heard about this, I am very much willing to give him permission to transfer federation. I was also told by Palau Rating Officer, Australian Jamie Kenmure, who would like to change federation to Palau. He said to me that he is willing to pay the 350 euros transfer fee. This plan didn’t push through when he’s got an International Organizer (IO) title by collaborating with me that he organized the 2011 Palau Invitational Chess Championship(?). 

Jose’s transfer to Fiji didn’t push through, too because his contract for another year was not renewed. Jose was Palau’s 7th National Master (NM) after Manuel Nedic, Menandro Manuel, me, Antonio Villa, Tito Cabunagan and Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr. The next prospect to become the latest NM of Palau, Jeff Balbalosa, came half point short in the 2015 PNCC.

But at least, Palau has new Woman National Master (WNM) in Baby Edna “Bheng” Mission for winning the 2016 PNCC women section thus qualify her to the Women’s Team of Palau to the 2018 World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. The first qualifier in the Open Division is Cyril, for winning the 2016 PNCC Top 10 Division.

                The most controversial transfer was Wesley So’s transfer to USA in 2014, that he has to sit out for 2 years so not to pay the 50,000 euros to National Chess Federation of the Philippines. It resulted in him being the No. 2 now in the world dislodging erstwhile No. 2 Fabiano Caruana, who transferred also from Italy to USA a year after So’s transfer. The link to that transfer:
                More about transfer: I found out that it is required that the federation, which any player wish to transfer, has to put in writing that it agrees to accept him or her. If the "transferee" will reside in the country this is not required anymore.

                I also learned that there will not be any fee involved if the "transferee" player has not played for the current federation in the last 5 years. 

            One may question if the transferee will not be residing here, or has employment in Palau. The answer is: Federation members/transferees are not strictly required to be resident of a country federation. Example cases: GM A Najditsch of Germany played for Azerbaijan in Baku Olympiad 2016; GM Liviu-Dieter of Romania played for Germany in Tromso Olympiad 2014. They were not necessarily living or residing in the federation they represented but their transfer were approved prior to the events.

            Some may argue: the transferee/s may deprive a resident-player with representation. Explanation: the transferee/s to represent the federation as a player must participate in a qualifying event like the national federation (PCF) members; or transferee can represent PCF when it is not able to send representative from resident members; and transferee could represent PCF other than as a player--all this with approval from the PCF Board.

            Advantages of transfer: 1. Transferee/s can assist and contribute to the improvement and development of chess in Palau better.
                2. The transferee/s with titles could uplift or enhance the profile of PCF.
            3. Representation by transferee/s shall be at his/her own expense as long as he/she is not a resident member.

                CHESS QUOTES FOR THIS WEEK: “Chess is art, science and sport, all rolled into one. The problems and studies are of the art genre. The methodical study, analysis, preparation and training are in the science genre. The seeking for maximum scores or wins and higher placing is the sporting aspect. Who is the artist, the scientist and the sportsman?”

Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 3858: 1. Bb7+! Nxb7 2. Qc6+!! dxc6 3. d7#

This week’s puzzle No. 3859: White to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)

Sources: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
               Tia Belau Newspaper
               Pages 9-10
               Volume 26
               Issue 25
               March 20, 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 18, 2013
              April 25, 2013 -- March 20, 2017

              The History of Chess in Palau
              By Roberto Hernandez
              June 09, 2002 -- March 20, 2017   

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