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A weekly column by I.A. Gene Poliarco

The main objective of this column is to update Filipino chess arbiters on FIDE Laws of Chess and latest regulations of World Chess Federation (FIDE) and National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) that concern the arbitration in chess. We can effectively accomplish this by sharing ideas and opinions through this column.

 

If you have a question regarding the rules of chess, ask the Arbiter. Answers to your questions will be provided by Gene Poliarco, who is an International Arbiter for FIDE (the World Chess Federation) and National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).

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There is no such thing as a silly question. If a chess rule is not clear in your mind there are probably many other people who aren't sure about the real meaning of the rule or who may have received incorrect interpretations from well meaning but poorly informed friends. Don't ever be too shy to ask a question, even on some of the most common rules.

Send your questions at: ncfpsecretariat2012@gmail.com

 
 

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27 masters flock Espino chess cup, NM Abelgas takes crown - December 2013
December 29, 2013
By Alex Romeo R. Fernandez
 

DEC. 23 (Dagupan City)—No fewer than 27 titled chess players competed in the 5th Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. Cup Open Chess Tournament, which turned out to be the largest tournament in terms of cash prizes awarded and number of participants in
Pangasinan lately.
Leading the participants were International Masters Ronald Dableo of the Philippine Air Force, Oliver Dimakiling, Jan Emmanuel Garcia, Hamed Nouri, Barlo Nadera, Emmanuel Senador, Chito Garma, Joel Pimentel and Richelieu Salcedo Participating International Chess Federation (FIDE) Masters included Fernie Donguines, Pangasinan bet Haridas Pascua, Mari Joseph Turqueza and Woman FIDE Masters Samantha Glo Revita and Cherry Ann Mejia, who are both from the province.

Completing the titled player participants were National Masters David Elorta, Raymond Salcedo, John Alcon Datu, Ronald Llavanes, Roel Abelgas, Narquingden Reyes, Jerad Docena, Alexander Milagrosa, Onofre Espiritu Jr., Giovanni Mejia, Efren Bagamasbad, Dennis Gutierrez III and Edmund Gatus.
NM Roel Abelgas topped the open category by posting 7 points in the eight-round tournament, which was held in Lingayen town last Dec. 21 and 22.
Abelgas, who hails from Cavite, took home a cash prize of P25,000. He outranked Dimakiling, Pimentel and Garcia, who also tallied the same score but had to settle to second to fourth place for having lower tie-break scores.
Espiritu, Elorta, and Llavanes scored 6.6 points each and were at fifth to sixth place, respectively.
Scoring 6 points each, and ranked eighth to fifteenth place, were Garma, Turqueza, Prince Mark Aquino, Reyes, Raymond Salcedo, Docena, Nadera and Donguines.
Aquino of San Nicolas, Pangasinan was the only untitled player to earn a place in the tournament, and along with Reyes, one of the two local players to do so.
Separate category prizes were also awarded to the top ten players from Pangasinan.
Topping the list were Aquino, Reyes (Bugallon) and current Pangasinan Champion Pascua (Mangatarem), who received P1,000 each.

Succeeding local winners, receiving P500 each, were Ritchie Evangelista (Bolinao), Edgar Tullao (Tayug), NM Gutierrez (San Fabian) and NM Mejia (San Jacinto), 2011 Pangasinan Champion Dick Gicain (Lingayen), Luke Matthew De Leon (San Jacinto)
and Prince Kenneth Reyes (Bugallon).
Also from Pangasinan were the top lady players, WFMs Samantha Glo Revita (Rosales) and Cherry Ann Mejia (San Jacinto). They were joined by Verginie Ruaya of Taytay, Rizal.
The top lady players received P1,000 each, as were the top three senior participants namely, Leodegario Ricaña (Marikina City), Isagani Fernandez (Dagupan City) and Wesley Bustillos (Alaminos City).
Meanwhile, Stephen Rome Pangilinan of Pandacan, Manila collected a total of 7 points in the kiddie (14 and under) category to win the title and P7,000 cash.
He surpassed Daryl Unix Samantilla of Tonsuya, Malabon based on superior tiebreak score.
At close third place with 6.5 points was Fernando Mendoza of Dagupan City, who outranked fourth placer Dale Timbol Bernardo of Pampanga also on tie-break.
Making up the rest of the finalists, with 6 points each, were Istraelito Rilloraza (Pangasinan), Brylle Gever Vinluan (San Fabian, Pangasinan), John Fleer Donguines, Lejither Paul Uy (Tarlac City), Emanuel Paler and Jhonel Legaspi (Cavite).
The tournament was the largest ever organized by the Provincial Government and the Pangasinan Chess League (PCL), drawing 289 participants, including 174 in the open category and 115 kiddie category.
It was the concluding event of the annual Pangasinan Chess Festival this year, which also included the 3rd Amado T. Espino Chess Clinic, 3rd Pangasinan Age-Group Chess Championship and the 3rd Pangasinan Chess Championship. (PCL-ARRF)

 
PHILIPPINE TEAM CHAMPION COURTESY CALL TO PSC CHAIRMAN - November 2013
November 11, 2013
By Rey Nillama
 

Philippine team champion courtesy call to (PSC) Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Ricardo Garcia, Commissioner Jose Luis Gomez at Akiko Thomson Guevarra while champion in the recent  2013 Asian Cities Chess Team Championships-Dubai Cup held at  Tagaytay City, also photo shows NCFP Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales, Asia's First GM Eugene Torre, NCFP Deputy Secretary-General/Treasurer Red Dumuk.

 
Tagaytay team tops Asian Cities Chess Championship - October 2013
October 12, 2013
By Marlon Bernardino
 

TAGAYTAY---Tagaytay-Philippines whipped Shah Alam, Malaysia ,2.5-1.5, in the ninth and final round to capture the title of the 2013 Asian Cities Chess Team Championship also known as Dubai Cup on Saturday.
Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa downed FM Nicolas Chan after 39 moves of Slav defense on Board 1 while GM Darwin Laylo crushed Mohd Nabi Azman Hisham after 28 moves of Gruenfeld defense on Board 4.
GM John Paul Gomez drew with Fong Yit San after 60 moves of Queen's Gambit Declined on board 3 to lead his team to victory.

"Buti natabla ko y'ung game ko, 2-0 na kasi kami eh dahil nanalo agad sina Barbosa at Laylo para manalo kami sa match points," said Gomez.

Li Tian Yeoh upset GM Mark Paragua after 55 moves of Caro-Kann defense on Board 2 to provided full point for Shah Alam, Malaysia.

The win gave Tagaytay finished 17 total match points in the event hosted by NCFP secretary-general Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino, the Fide Asian Zone 3.3 president in close cooperation with the Tagaytay City government,

headed by his wife and mayor, Dr. Agnes Tolentino.
Tagaytay pocketed top prize $3,000 plus Dubai Cup trophy.
Shanghai and Wuxi, China came second to third place with 15 points apiece.
Shanghai crushed Sharjah, UAE, 2.5-1.5, while Wuxi nipped Singapore, 4-0.
Both, Shanghai and Wuxi split the combined prizes of $3,000 for 2nd and 3rd placers.
Tournament director is IA Casto Abundo, while supervising arbiter is IA Gene Poliarco.

 
The ROTARY CLUB of HOLY SPIRIT, D3780 will hold it's 2nd GOV. JESS CIFRA CHESS CUP - October 2013
October 12, 2013
 

The Rotary Club of Holy Spirit D3780, in collaboration with J'adoube Chess Association, will hold it's 2nd Gov. Jess Cifra Chess Cup on October 27, 2013 (Sunday); 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the 3rd Floor, Silver Hall, Rotary Center, Roces cor. Mother Ignacia, Quezon City. (The ROTARY CENTER is just a few meters away from AMORANTO SPORTS COMPLEX in Roces, Quezon City)

   
GUARANTEED PRIZES:  

KIDDIES DIVISION
Boys and Girls 13 years old and below
(Born: Year 2000 onwards)

2000 & Below Rating
(NCFP Ratings as of October 1, 2013)

Champion - P2,000.00 plus trophy
2nd place - P1,500.00 plus medal
3rd place - P1,000.00 plus medal
4th place - P800.00 plus medal
5th place - P500.00 plus medal
6th to 10th place - P300.00 plus medal each
11th to 15th place - medal each

Champion - P4,000.00 plus trophy
2nd place - P2,000.00 plus medal
3rd place - P1,500.00 plus medal
4th place - P1,000.00
5th place - P800.00
6th to 10th place - P500.00 each

Category Prizes:
Top 8 years old and below - P300.00 plus medal
Top 10 years old and below - P300.00 plus medal
Top Lady (Kiddies) -P300.00 plus medal

Category Prizes:
Top 55 years old and above - P500.00
Top Lady (2000 and below) - P500.00
Top Unrated - P500.00

Top Five Players (14 years old to 19 years old):
1st - P1,000.00
2nd - P700.00
3rd - P500.00
4th - P400.00
5th - P300.00

Note: The venue could accommodate a maximum of 150 players only.
Interested players are required to text the following to the abovementioned names for initial accounting of players:
FULL NAME / DATE OF BIRTH / AGE
Ex: (JOHN DELA CRUZ / 2-7-2000 / 13 Y.O.)

For details and registration, please inquire from the following:
NATIONAL ARBITER ALFREDO CHAY - 0908-7540888
NATIONAL ARBITER ALEX DINOY - 09228288510,
NAT'L ARBITER GATZ LUZ & NAT'L ARBITER MILES SAMANIEGO
PED M. CONDENO - 0917-8802145; 0922-8431953
JR DELGRA - 0932-8654196

 

Samantila, 2 others share lead in National Youth Chess - September 2013
September 29, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino

National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Deputy Secretary-General/Treasurer Red Dumuk, (seated, left) and Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa (seated, right) in a handshake during the ceremonial move to formally open the 2013 Battle of the Grandmaster being held at the Philippine Sports Commission Conference Room, Administration Bldg., Vito Cruz, Manila on Saturday.

Witnessing the ceremonial move are NM Edmundo Gatus, WIM Beverly Mendoza, IA Gene Poliarco, GM Rogelio Barcenilla, NCFP Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales, IM Emmanuel Senador, GM Mark Paragua, WIM Catherine Perena, among others.

DARYL Unix Samantila of Tonsuya, Malabon drew with Carlo Caranyagan of Rizal in their fifth-round match Sunday, to share the lead with Paulo Bersamina of Pasay City and John Fleer Donguines of Pasig City, who also ended their game into a fighting draw in the 2013 National Youth Chess Championships Standard Competition being held at the Philippine Sports Commission Conference Room, Administration Bldg., Vito Cruz, Manila.

Samantila, Bersamina and Donguines tallied 4.5 points each in the National Chess Federation of the Philippines organizing Boys 15 years-old below event in close cooperation with the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee.

"A total of 120 players joined to the 1st National Youth Chess Championships (boys and girls). The 3-day event were participated by players coming from Cebu, Baguio, Ilocos Norte, Vigan, Candon, Pangasinan, Angeles, Tarlac, Olongapo, BUlacan, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Bicol region." said NCFP Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales. " A very successful tournament indeed for this maiden competition. Introducing for the 1st time for the year 2013." he added.

Meanwhile, Genlaiza Pearl Bagorio (Girls 15-years-old and below), Michael Concio Jr. (Boys 9 years-old and below) and Prince Louise Oncita (Girls 9-years-old and below) are leading the way in their respective division with four points each.-Marlon Bernardino-

Asia's First IM Rodolfo Tan Cardoso dies at 75 - August 2013
August 24, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

MANILA, Philippines---Rodolfo Tan Cardoso born on the 25th of December 1937 in Anda, Pangasinan. He was responsible for putting the Philippines on the chess world map, a player, arbiter, coach and teacher.Cardoso was awarded the International Master (IM) title in 1957, making him the first Asian IM.

On Wednesday (August 21, 2013), the Filipino chess community mourned the loss of strong chess master Tan-Cardoso, who passed away.

Tan-Cardoso of Anda/Alaminos, Pangasinan suffered heart attack at 3:10pm Wednesday at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City. He was rushed Tuesday night due to heart attack.

"It was a big loss for Philippine chess ang pagkamatay ni Rudy (Cardoso). Malaki ang contribution niya sa Philippine chess kasama na lately ang pagtuturo nya sa mga kabataan," said Asia's First Grandmaster Eugene Torre, founder of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines.

"Isa siya sa hinahangaan kong player ng bata ako, tactician siya at natural talent during that time yung positional play ay hindi pa uso," added Torre.

"He was a true gentleman over the chessboard. Being the first International Master of Asia. He arose Philippines interest in chess and put our country in the world chess map. And, he was the only Filipino to ever beat Bobby Fischer in Chess," said two-time olympian member National Master/Lawyer Samuel Estimo.

" Rudy (Cardoso), together with (Florencio (Campomanes), NMs Carlos Benitez and Glicerio Badilles, composed of 1st Philippine Team that played in Moscow Olympiad in 1956," recalled Estimo.

"To the people of Pangasinan and to all chess organizers, players and supporters, we of the Pangasinan Chess League, are so sad to inform you the sudden death due heart attack of our chess icon, teacher and fren, First Asia's Chess International Master (IM), Rodoldo Tan Cardoso," said Pangasinan Chess League president Don Sison.

"Rest in Peace Cardoso," said Singapore based IM Domingo Razo Ramos.

" Condolence to Tan-Cardoso family.. May God give them the strength they need.. and may he rest in peace," said Bangkok based Dante Sagyaman who hails from Benguet province.

"Condolence po sa family ni IM Cardoso, I once met him some years ago, he was so full of wisdom and chess strategies" said Bicol chess player Joseph Mendoza.

His remains will be placed at La Funeraria Paz, Manila Memorial, Sucat, Panaraque on Wednesday. Then, his body will be transferred Saturday morning at his beloved province, Alaminos, Pangasinan. Interment on Monday.

For complete details call or text his nephew Rene at 0922 853 6256.-Marlon Bernardino-

More story in FIDE: http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/15-chess-news/7373-asias-first-international-master-passes-away.html

Merdeka chessfest: Marfori, Philippines is Chess Team Champion - August 2013
August 20, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino

Standings after nine rounds: (106 teams/ Nine Round Swiss-system, match point format)

17.0 points---Marfori Team A (Philippines)

16.0 points---KL Chess kids Team A (Malaysia)

15.0 points---Jakarta Baru Chess Club (Indonesia), Mini Trolls (Indonesia)

14.0 points--- Marfori Team B (Philippines), Coup de Grace (Malaysia), WFS (Malaysia), Chesskidz Next Generation (Singapore), Mastermind (Malaysia), Tagaytay City (Philippines), Fighting Chess (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--- Marfori Team A, Philippines whipped Chesskidz Next Generation (Singapore), 3.5-0.5, in the ninth and final round to capture the 33rd ASTRO Merdeka Rapid Open Team Chess Championship 2013 dubbed as 10th Malaysian Chess Festival 2013 title Sunday at the Cititel Mid Valley, Cititel Hotel, Midvalley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur here.

Marfori Team A, Philippines finished with 17.0 points, full point ahead over Jaya Kumar backed up KL Chess kids team A (Malaysia).

Grandmaster elect Ronald Dableo, who needed to raise his Elo 2500 to complete his GM title status, defeated Nelson "Elo" Mariano III on the top board to lead his teams rout of the another Filipino representing Singapore squad.

Also posting decisive results were FM Christopher Castellano and Ivan Gil Biag on boards three and four. Castellano beat IM Richelieu Salcedo III while Biag toppled Isaak Soh.

FM Roderick Nava split the point with FM Leonardo Carlos on board two to prevent Chesskidz Next Generation (Singapore) for a possible shut-out loss.

"We want to thank (Maria) Marfori and the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) for their undying support," said UST coach Dableo, 2003 Vung Tau, Vietnam Asian zonal champion.

"We would not have been here without their help." added UP coach and Meralco employee Carlos, also a certified FIDE chess trainer.

"Once again we were able to show that we could excel in this game", said Castellano, a UP conservatory of Music Tenor graduate.
This is the fourth time, Marfori, Philippines participated in this annual tournament.
They started participating in 2009 finishing at 7th place followed by 2010 at 5th place position and 2012 at 3rd place position.
The Filipino chess players were also supported by former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., 7th district Cavite Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr., Bayan Muna Party-List Rep.Neri Javier Colmenares, Judge Gonzalo Mapili, GM Jayson Gonzales, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Meanwhile, the Jaya Kumar backed up KL Chess kids team A (Malaysia) bannered by IM Oliver Dimakiling, NM David Elorta, NM Roberto Suelo Jr. and Michael Palma blasted DAT Chess Connections composed of GM Abhijit Kunte, GM Dmitry Kayumov, WFM Son Asya and Karthik, respectively.

Two Indonesian team---Jakarta Baru Chess Club and Mini Trolls---of IM Dede Liu and WGM Irene Kharisma Sukandar was tied at 3rd to 4th place who tote 15 points, in order.

The Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr., Tagaytay City, Philippines bannered by NMs Roel Abelgas, Rhobel Legaspi, Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr., Edmundo Gatos and Ali Branzuela failed to surpass their last year's runner-up honor settling for 5th to 11th place in the group of 14.0 points that includes Marfori Team B (Philippines), Coup de Grace (Malaysia), WFS (Malaysia), Chesskidz Next Generation (Singapore), Mastermind (Malaysia) and Fighting Chess (Malaysia).-Marlon Bernardino-

MALAYSIA CHESS: TAGAYTAY, SOL MARFORI, CHESS KIDZ NEXT GENERATION LEADS CHESS OPENER - August 2013
August 20, 2013
 

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia---Tagaytay City, Philippines made its presence felt in the 33rd ASTRO Merdeka Rapid Open Team Chess Championship 2013 dubbed as 10th Malaysian Chess Festival 2013 Saturday, posting a decisive 4-0 win over Chung Ling X in the first round at the Cititel Mid Valley, Cititel Hotel, Midvalley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur here.

Roel Abelgas, Rhobel Legaspi, Edmundo Gatos and Ali Branzuela hurdled their respective rivals to lead Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. backed up Tagaytay City, Philippines chess team to a rousing triumph at the start of the annual competition, organized by Malaysian Chess Federation.
Abelgas, an International Master Candidate whipped Lim Chun Kai, Legaspi, a chess teacher and Philippine Army mainstay subdued Ang Zhen Yuan, Gatos, a national coach crushed Lim Winshen and Branzuela, top player of PNP chess team outclassed Jason Teh Chee Yung.

"We are looking forward to surpass our last year's runner-up performance," said Abelgas, a six-time Cavite champion and head coach of the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute and San Beda Alabang.
The last year runner-up place Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. backed up Tagaytay City, Philippines chess team has four points, the same output of last year's third place Sol Marfori, Philippines chess team A, who also blasted Polgar Fighters, 4-0, in the match point system format.
Sol Marfori, Philippines chess team A bannered by GM elect Ronald Dableo, FM Leonardo Carlos, Ivan Gil Biag and Li Tao whipped Polgar Fighters made up by Elson Tho, Dars Hevinthanan, Aden Charles and Ng Jun Feng, respectively.

" We hope to perform well in this event," said UST head coach Dableo, the top Filipino performer in the just ended 10th IGB Dato Arthur Tan International Open Chess Championship 2013 last Friday here.
"Malaki pag asa mag champ basta kasihan ng suwerte lalu na't match point system ang format sa Swiss event," added FIDE chess trainer Carlos, a Meralco employee and head coach of UP chess team.

Also impressive is Sol Marfori, Philippines chess team B of GM Darwin Laylo, FM Deniel Causo, Bength Largo and Marvin Ting who clobbered Penang Cloba headed by Lee Weng Soon, Wee Yuan , Toh Yew and Charlie Wong Chong.
The Jaya Kumar backed up KL Chess Kids A of IM Oliver Dimakiling, FM David Elorta, NM Roberto Suelo Jr. and Michael Palma, meantime waylaid Kids of Chess of Chong Hui Lim, Lim Zhi Thong, Loo Pui Yi and Tara Tatiana.
Defending champion Quezon City chess team anchored by 12-time national open champion GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. failed to participate in this year's edition.

Other notable team who also posted 4-0 score are Chess Kidz Next Generation composed of Nelson "Elo" Mariano III, IM elect Roderick Nava, IM Richelieu Salcedo III and Isaac So; KL Chess Kids B of FM Nouri Hamed, Noel dela Cruz, Jimson Bitoon and NM Stewart Manaog; Jeler chess team of Loo Pak Kwan, Emmanuel Emperado, FM Randy Segarra and Jelvis Calvelo.
Sydney, Australia veteran campaigner Johnny Teves saved the day for Kaunlaran Chess Team, Philippines for a possible shut-out loss after his team mates Bino Tibez, Graciano Gomez Jr. and Marc Anthony Lingbawan lost their respective assignments despite advantage position.

Kaunlaran Chess Team, Philippines head coach Fernando Dianquinay is hoping what ever happen , a team from the Philippines will win again the prestigious 33rd ASTRO Merdeka Rapid Open Team Chess Championship 2013 dubbed as 10th Malaysian Chess Festival 2013.

Wesley So bows to Tomashevsky in World Chess Cup - August 2013
August 17, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

FILIPINO Grandmaster Wesley So, the 33th seed (ELO 2708), yielded to No.32 seed GM Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia (ELO 2709), 0.5-1.5, in their two game standard play at the 2013 World Chess Cup at the Scandic Hotel in Tromso, Norway.

The Bacoor, Cavite native So is a must-win situation against Tomashevsky late Thursday in their second game of standard play format who ended into a fighting draw after 23 moves of Ruy Lopez Opening, Marshall attack encounter.

So, earlier bowed to Tomashevsky (ELO 2708) late Wednesday in their first game after 51 moves of Grunfeld Defense, Prins Variation, using the disadvanatgeous black peices.

With the feat, Tomashevsky advances to Round 3 where he will do battle the winner of the match between top seed GM Levon Aronian (ELO 2813) of Armenia and No.GM Igor Lysyj (ELO 2656) of Russia battled to a draw in their two-game standard play to force rapid playoff late Friday.

So toppled GM Alexander Ipatov of Turkey, 1.5-0.5, to arranged Round 2 encounter with Tomashevsky who needed a tie breaker against GM Alejandro Ramirez of the United States.

In 2011 Khanty Mansiysk, Russia edition, So was yielded against then top seed Ukrainian GM Sergey Karjakin in the blitz tie-break in the second round.

In 2009 Khanty Mansiysk, Russia edition, So ousted former world championship candidates GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, 1.5-.5 in the second round and American GM Gata Kamsky, 1.5-.5 in the third round to march to the quarterfinals. His Cinderella run however, was ended by GM Vladimir Malakhov of Russia, 4-1 in rapid tiebreak.

The two other Filipino campaigners -- 100th seed GM Oliver Barbosa (ELO 2572) and 110th seed GM Mark Paragua (ELO 2545) -- were not as lucky, however bowed out of the 128-player, knockout-style event organized by FIDE (World Chess Federation) late Monday.

Barbosa bowed to 29th seed GM Le Quang Liem (ELO 2712) of Vietnam and Paragua was yielded to 28th seed GM Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia (ELO 2724) in their two-game standard play with a similar 0-2 score.

The country's campaign in the tournament is supported by former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., 7th district Cavite Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr., Bayan Muna Party-List Rep.Neri Javier Colmenares and GM Jayson Gonzales of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).-Marlon Bernardino-

Filipino Wesley So faces must-win situation against Russian Evgeny Tomashevsky - August 2013
August 17, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

FILIPINO Grandmaster Wesley So's World Chess Cup campaign will officially over if he doesn't find a way to beat Russian Grandmaster Evgeny Tomashevsky late Thursday in their second game of standard play format.

The No.33 seed So (ELO 2708) bowed to No.32 seed Tomashevsky (ELO 2708) late Wednesday in their first game after 51 moves of Grunfeld Defense, Prins Variation, Grunfeld using the disadvantageous black pieces.

A win by So, one of the most popular young players here would force a possible rapid play off on Friday.

So crushed GM Alexander Ipatov of Turkey, 1.5-0.5, to advance to the second round of the 2013 World Chess Cup at the Scandic Hotel in Tromso, Norway.

In 2011 Khanty Mansiysk, Russia edition, So was yielded against then top seed Ukrainian GM Sergey Karjakin in the blitz tie-break in the second round.

In 2009 Khanty Mansiysk, Russia edition, So ousted former world championship candidates GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, 1.5-.5 in the second round and American GM Gata Kamsky, 1.5-.5 in the third round to march to the quarterfinals. His Cinderella run however, was ended by GM Vladimir Malakhov of Russia, 4-1 in rapid tiebreak.

The two other Filipino campaigners -- 100th seed GM Oliver Barbosa (ELO 2572) and 110th seed GM Mark Paragua (ELO 2545) -- were not as lucky, however bowed out of the 128-player, knockout-style event organized by FIDE (World Chess Federation) late Monday.

Barbosa bowed to 29th seed GM Le Quang Liem (ELO 2712) of Vietnam and Paragua was yielded to 28th seed GM Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia (ELO 2724) in their two-game standard play with a similar 0-2 score.

The country's campaign in the tournament is supported by former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., 7th district Cavite Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr., Bayan Muna Party-List Rep.Neri Javier Colmenares and GM Jayson Gonzales of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).-Marlon Bernardino-

NCFP/Bayan Muna elated over world's youngest Fide Master Alekhine Nouri wins in Malaysia chess meet - August 2013
August 17, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino

Current World's Youngest Fide Master Alekhine Fabiosa-Nouri paid a courtesy call to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Ricardo Garcia (center) and PSC commisioner Akiko Thomson-Guevara (left) and accompanied by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Committee Chairman for Grassroots Development and Promotions Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares of Bayan Muna Party-list group (right).

The Escalante City, Negros Occidental whiz kid native Alekhine, grade one pupil at the FEU-FERN College in Quezon City, is a member of the Team Philippines that won a total of 65 medals in standard, rapid and blitz events during the 14th ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand last June 5 to 14, 2013. The team collected 24 gold medals, 28 silver medals and 13 bronze medals, a marked improvement from last year's 12-36-9 gold-silver-bronze haul in Hue, Vietnam.

NATIONAL CHESS FEDERATION of the PHILIPPINES (NCFP) Grassroots & Development Committee head and Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares expressed elation over the impressive victory of seven-year-old and current world's youngest Fide Master Alekhine Fabiosa-Nouri of Taguig Citsy.

The Escalante City, Negros Occidental whiz kid native Alekhine, grade one pupil at the FEU-FERN College in Quezon City, won his first five matches then drew with Aayush Pinakin Barot of India in the final round to finish with 5.5 points in six outings and rule the 8-under category.

Alekhine, who was named in honor of Alexander Alekhine, one of the world's greatest chess players who became the fourth World Chess Champion in 1927.

"We would like to congratulate the youngest fide master on the world Alekhine Nouri for bringing honor to the country by besting opponents from other countries by winning the under 8
Category in the 10th Malaysian Chess Festival. He is proof that the support of NCFP and Bayan Muna to grassroots chess is not only important but efective as well. " said Colmenares who, as the Chess Champion of Western Visayas, placed second in the 1976 Palarong Pambansa.

"We will continue supporting Alekhine so that willl become the next grandmaster from Negros after the late Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas." he added.-Marlon Bernardino-

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Pinoy whiz kid win gold medal in Malaysia chess meet
by Marlon Bernardino

A YOUNG Filipino woodpushers emerged as one of the individual champions in a tough Swesen Age Group 2013 dubbed as 10th Malaysian Chess Festival 2013 on Tuesday at the five-star Mid Valley Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Seven-Year-old Alekhine Nouri of Taguig City, grade one pupil at the FEU-FERN College in Quezon City, won his first five matches then drew with Aayush Pinakin Barot of India in the final round to finish with 5.5 points in six outings and rule the 8-under category.

Actually Nouri and Ryan Lee of Malaysia, both tallied 5.5 points, however the former (Nouri) won the gold medal with a better 24.5 tie break points against the latter's (Lee) 22.0 points.

Earlier, Nouri toppled Megat Zaid Megat Mohd Khushair, Alden Goh Kai Ray, Raynell Ng Li Hern, Shreesh Amit Chembeti and Wong Zi Yue of Malaysia.

"This proved once again that Filipinos can be at par with the world's best athletes. With ample training and preparation we can even become world champions," said National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr.

Last June, the Escalante City, Negros Occidental native won an outright Fide Master title by virtue of his excellent showing in the 14th ASEAN + Age Group Chess Championships 2013 Standard competition at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

With the feat, Nouri is the current world's youngest Fide Master at the age of 7.

Meanwhile, Grandmaster Darwin Laylo defeated countryman Franz Barretto to gain a share of 5th place in the huge group of 4.5 points that includes compatriots GM John Paul Gomez and FM Roderick Nava in the Open section.

The country's campaign in the tournament is supported by former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., 7th district Cavite Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr., Bayan Muna Party-List Rep.Neri Javier Colmenares, Atty. Ruel Canobas and GM Jayson Gonzales of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).-Marlon Bernardino-

All set for national junior chess grand finals - August 2013
August 17, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

ALL chess roads lead to Manila for the staging of the 2013 National Juniors Grand Finals (Boys & Girls) on August 16 to 20 at the PSC Conference Hall, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

An annual undertaking of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), headed by chairman/president Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. and secretary-general Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. in cooperation with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), the nine round competition is sponsored by Bayan Muna Party-List Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares also the Chairman Grassroots & Development Committee of NCFP.

The tournament is open to the following players who are 20 years old and below (born on or after January 1, 1993) and must be members in good standing of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP). A copy of birth certificate or any other proof of age must be submitted by all participants upon registration.

Among those expected to see action are the seeded titled players, namely IMS, FMS and NMS (International Masters, FIDE Masters, National Masters).

Also eligible to participate are qualifiers in the Semi Finals of the 2013 National Juniors, top three (3) players in all elimination phases of the 2013 National Age-Group championships (U-20, U-16, U-14, U-12, U-10, U-8) and top six (6) players in the Finals of the 2013 National age group Chess Championships.

Registration fee is P300 for NCFP members. An additional P300 will be added to non-NCFP members.

NCFP executive director GM Jayson Gonzales said the tournament shall be divided into following divisions: (Boys' Division and Girls' Division ) with the champion from both divisions may join GM Wesley So as the representative of the Philippines in the upcoming World Junior U20 Chess Championships 2013 on September 12 to 27 in Hatay, Turkey.

The Champions may also be considered for inclusion in the roster for the National Pool athletes. For inquiries, call/text IA Gene Poliarco (0923-7309445); IA Elias Lao ( 0926-2378876) and NM Edmundo Gatos (093-98655151).

Chess enthusiasts and sports fans, especially children who are interested to learn the sport, are invited to watch the competition, which starts after the opening ceremony begins at 5pm.-Marlon Bernardino-

Pinoy GM John Paul Gomez rebounds in Malaysia chess - August 2013
August 13, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

FILIPINO Grandmaster John Paul Gomez beat Indonesian Yoseph Theolifus Taher to post his fourth win in five outings late Monday and bounce back in contention in the 10th IGB Dato Arthur Tan International Open Chess Championship 2013 at the five-star Mid Valley Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

With the win, Gomez climbed into a share of 3rd to 11th places in the Open division. The Binan, Laguna native Gomez earlier lost to sole leader GM Xiu Deshun of China. Deshun defeated GM Suri Vaibhav of India for his fifth straight wins in as many rounds. Other woodpushers who tallied 4.0 points each are top seed GMs Ma Qun, Wang Rui, and Lu Shanglei of China, GM Alexander Fominyh of Russia, IM Max Illingworth of Australia, IM Nguyen Doc Hoa of Vietnam, FM Roderick Nava and NM Ali Branzuela.

GM Abhijeet Gupta of India, meantime subdued IM Sadikin Irwanto of Indonesia and occupied solo second place with 4.5 points.

The country's campaign in the tournament is supported by former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., 7th district Cavite Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr., Bayan Muna Party-List Rep.Neri Javier Colmenares, Atty.

Ruel Canobas and GM Jayson Gonzales of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Subramaniam Shreyes of Malaysia leading the way in the Amateur Division with 5.0 points followed by Bengt Largo with 4.5 points. NM Efren Bagamasbad share the lead with GM Dmitry Kayumov of Uzbekistan with 4.0 points apiece in the Seniors division.-Marlon Bernardino-

So advances in World Chess Cup; But another PH bets Barbosa and Paragua bows out - August 2013
August 13, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

FILIPINO Grandmaster Wesley So crushed GM Alexander Ipatov of Turkey, 1.5-0.5, to advance to the second round of the 2013 World Chess Cup at the Scandic Hotel in Tromso, Norway.

The 33th seed So (ELO 2708), one of the most popular young players here, beat 96th seed Ipatov (ELO 2583) in the first game of their standard play after 45 moves of the Petroff Defense late Sunday using white.

The draw in the second match late Monday was all that the 19-year-old Filipino sensation needed to eliminate the 20-year-old Lviv, Ukraine born Ipatov, the reigning World Junior champion.

The game in the second match was lasted at 59 moves of Grunfeld Defense, Exchange Variation with So handling the black pieces.

So will next meet the winner of the match between No.32 seed GM Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia (ELO 2709) and No. 97 GM Alejandro Ramirez (ELO 2583) of the United States. Tomashevsky and Ramirez battled to a draw in their two-game standard play to force rapid playoff late Tuesday.

Zone 3.3 President and 7th district Cavite Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr., expressed elation over So's victory.

"Wesley So deserves attention in the Philippines because he is so young and a good inspiration. Chess is one of the only sports that Philippines has the chance." said Tolentino, also the Secretary-General of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and a long-time chess patron of So.

In 2011 Khanty Mansiysk, Russia edition, So was yielded against then top seed Ukrainian GM Sergey Karjakin in the blitz tie-break in the second round.

In 2009 Khanty Mansiysk, Russia edition, So ousted former world championship candidates GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, 1.5-.5 in the second round and American GM Gata Kamsky, 1.5-.5 in the third round to march to the quarterfinals. His Cinderella run however, was ended by GM Vladimir Malakhov of Russia, 4-1 in rapid tiebreak.

The two other Filipino campaigners -- 100th seed GM Oliver Barbosa (ELO 2572) and 110th seed GM Mark Paragua (ELO 2545) -- were not as lucky, however bowed out of the 128-player, knockout-style event organized by FIDE (World Chess Federation) late Monday.

Barbosa bowed to 29th seed GM Le Quang Liem (ELO 2712) of Vietnam and Paragua was yielded to 28th seed GM Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia (ELO 2724) in their two-game standard play with a similar 0-2 score.

The country's campaign in the tournament is supported by former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., 7th district Cavite Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr., Bayan Muna Party-List Rep.Neri Javier Colmenares and GM Jayson Gonzales of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Top seed GM Levon Aronian (ELO 2813) of Armenia also easily made it to the second round. The boyfriend of Fil-Australian Arianne Caoili blasted Mikhail Markov (ELO 2304) of Kyrgyzstan, 2-0.

Other notable woodpushers also make it to the next round are 2nd seed GM Fabiano Caruana (ELO 2796) of Italy who edged IM G. Kash (ELO 2340) of India, 1.5-0.5, 3rd seed GM Valdimir Kramnik who blanked Zone 4.3 Chess Championship no rating FIDE Master Gillian Bwalya of Zambia, 2-0, 4th seed GM Alexander Grischuck (ELO 2780) of Russia who nipped IM Igor Bjelobrk (ELO 2341) of Australia, 2-0, and 5th seed GM Hikaru Nakamura (ELO 2772) of the United States who dealt WGM Deysi Cori (ELO 2439) of Peru, 2-0.

Ladies are doing well in the World Cup according to US based Filipino Herky Del Mundo to force rapid playoff late Tuesday. Former women world champion GM Hou Yifan of China drew two games with GM Alexie Shirov of Latvia, and current world champion GM Anna Ushenina of Ukraine won her second game against GM Peter Svidler of Russia. Svidler beat
Ushenina in their first encounter here.-Marlon Bernardino-

Gomez remains unbeaten in Malaysian Chess tourney - August 2013
August 13, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

GRANDMASTER John Paul Gomez held his guard in the third round of the 10th IGB Dato Arthur Tan International Open Chess Championship 2013 as he remained the last Filipino unscathed being held at the five-star Mid Valley Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Gomez (ELO 2520) beat countryman Fide Master Randy Segarra (ELO 2337) to register his third consecutive win in the Swiss-system tournament. Gomez, defeated Sumant Subramaniam (ELO 2066) and FM Ronnie Lim (ELO 2299) of Malaysia in succession.

Joining Gomez on top of the leadership board with 3.0 points each are top seed GMs Ma Qun and Xiu Deshun of China, GM Suri Vaibhav of India and IM Max Illingworth of Australia.

Ma bested GM Laxman R.R of India; Deshun routed IM Oliver Dimakiling of the Philippines; Vaibhav subdued NM Roel Abelgas of the Philippines and Illingworth nipped Andria L D`souza of India.

In the fourth round, Ma will meet Suri Vaibhav on Board 1, Deshun opposite Gomez on Board 2 and Illingworth goes up against GM Abhijeet Gupta of India on Board 3.

Gupta split the point with GM Wang Rui (ELO 2408) of China to lead the huge group of 2.5 points that includes GM Alexander Fominyh of Russia, GMs Wang, Lu Shanglei and Zhou Jianchao of China, GM Darwin Laylo, FM Roderikc Nava, CM Nelson "Elo" Mariano III and David Elorta of the Philippines, IMs Nitin S. and Ravichandran Siddharth, Pradeep Kumar R.A. of India, IM Nguyen Doc Hoa of Vietnam, IM Irwanto Sadikin and Yoseph Theolifus Taher of Indonesia and Jonathan Chuah of Malaysia.

The country's campaign in the tournament is supported by former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., 7th district Cavite Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr., Bayan Muna Party-List Rep.Neri Javier Colmenares, Atty. Ruel Canobas and GM Jayson Gonzales of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Meanwhile, National Master Carlo Lorena defeated Darrel Yap of Malaysia for his third straight wins in as many rounds. in the Amateur Division. Also with 3.0 points are Shandilya Rohan Vijay of India, Fong Yit Ho, Subramaniam Shreyes, Chan Sheng Yip and Muhalip Sotimin of Malaysia.

NM Efren Bagamasbad drew with Luu Duc Hai of Vietnam to raise his total 2.0 points in the Seniors Section. He wast tied at 3rd to 8th place.-Marlon Bernardino-

Malaysia chess: Six Filipino woodpushers share top spot - August 2013
August 13, 2013
 
 

FILIPINO Grandmaster John Paul Gomez, International Master Oliver Dimakiling, Fide Masters Roderick Nava and Randy Segarra, National Masters Ali Branzuela and Roel Abelgas posted their second straight wins and shared the lead in the 10th IGB Dato Arthur Tan International Open Chess Championship 2013 at the five-star Mid Valley Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Gomez defeated Sumant Subramaniam and FM Ronnie Lim of Malaysia in succession.

Dimakiling prevailed over Cheah Cheok Fung of Malaysia and FM Yee Soon Wei of Brunei, respectively, Nava toppled Justin of Malaysia and WFM Fransisca Fortunata of Indonesia, Segarra trounced WCM Azman Hisham Nur Nabila and Tan Li Ting of Malaysia, Branzuela nipped compatriot Ivan Gil Biag and WGM Ding Yixin of China while Abelgas subdued Dennis Wang of Australia and Camilia Bt. Johari of Malaysia.

Joining the Filipinos in the huge group of perfect two pointers are top seed GMs Ma Qun, Zhou Jianchao, Wang Rui, Xiu Deshun of China, GMs Abhijeet Gupta, Laxman R.R. and Suri Vaibhav, Pradeep Kumar R.A. and Andria L D`souza of India, IM Max Illingworth of Australia and IM Nguyen Duc Hoa of Vietnam.

The country's campaign in the tournament is supported by former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., 7th district Cavite Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr., Bayan Muna Party-List Rep.Neri Javier Colmenares, Atty. Ruel Canobas and GM Jayson Gonzales of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Meanwhile, National Master Carlo Lorena and Bength Largo gain a share of lead with 17th other in the huge group of 2.0 pointers in the Amateur Division. Also unbeaten with 1.5 points are NM Leonardo Alidani, Perpetuo Tan, Christine Joyce Dacayo-Paragua while currently world youngest Fide Master Alekhine Nouri, Romelin Nava, Isidro Gallon and 2013 Bangkok Open Challengers Section Champion Marvin Ting tallied 1.0 points each.NM Efren Bagamasbad collected 1.5 points in the Seniors Section.

Norway Chess: All eyes on So, Barbosa, Paragua in World Cup - August 2013
August 13, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

MANILA, Philippines --FILIPINO Grandmasters Wesley So, Oliver Barbosa and Mark Paragua will be under the microscope when they play against their foreign counterparts in the 2013 World Chess Cup which takes place on Aug. 11 in Tromso, Norway.

So, Barbosa and Paragua vowed their best to be included in the second round.

"Gagawin namin ang best para makapasok sa second round ng World Cup. Si Wes (Wesley So) ay llamado pero kami ni Oliver (Oliver Barbosa) ay under dog kung Fide rating ang pag-uusapan." said Paragua who is fresh from conducting a simultaneous chess exhibition last July 27 at the SM City in Marilao, Bulacan with six-year old whiz kid James Henry Calacday salvaged a draw with the former (Paragua).

101th seed Paragua (ELO 2565) goes up against 28th seed GM Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia (ELO 2724) in the first round, as well 33th seed So (ELO 2710) will face 96th seed GM Alexander Ipatov of Turkey (ELO 2584) and 100th seed Barbosa (ELO 2571) will meet 29th seed GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam (ELO 2702)

It shall be recalled that Paragua lost to England`s GM Michael Adams 0.5-1.5 in the first round of World Chess Cup in the 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia edition while So was yielded against then top seed Ukrainian GM Sergey Karjakin in the blitz tie-break of the Round 2 of World Chess Cup 2011. Barbosa is first timer in World Chess Cup.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. is very confident that Wesley can make it to the Round of 3 of World Cup.

"Naniniwala ako na kaya ni Wesley maka abot sa Round 3 ng World Cup kung saan inaasahan nating makakalaban niya si GM Levon Aronian ng Armenia," said the long-time benefactor of Wesley.

" Medyo mahigpitan naman ang laban nina Oliver vs Le Quang Liem at Mark vs Dmitry Jakovenko," added Pichay dubbed as the God Father of Philippine Chess.

If Wesley can past Ipatov then he will play the winner of the match between No.32 GM Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia (ELO 2706) and No.97 Alejandro Ramirez of the United States (ELO 2588).

So's heavyweight opponent in Round 3 against the top seed GM Levon Aronian of Armenia (2813). Aronian, boyfriend of Fil-Australian WIM Arianne Bo Caoili is expected to beat No.128 untitled MIkahil Markov of Kyrgyzstan (ELO 2304) and the survivor of No.64 GM Igor Lysyj of Russia (ELO 2648) and No.65 GM Andrei Istratescu of France (ELO 2646).-Marlon Bernardino-

Makati retains BIR chess team title - August 2013
August 3, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

TEAM Revenue Region No.8 Makati defended their Chess title in the just ended Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) 109th Anniversary Chess Team Tournament held last August 1, 2013 at the 10th floor BIR head office, BIR Road, Diliman, Quezon City.

Team Revenue Region No.8 Makati chess team is compose of board 1 silver medallist Philip King Cartagena, board 2 gold medallist Domingo Estacion, board 3 gold medallist Roel Dagan and board 4 gold medallist Reynaldo Arciaga who combined total 22 points.

Cartagena, a former University of Sto. Tomas mainstay also topped the individual tournament.

Former University of the East bet Ernesto Abibas took board 1 gold medallist plum with an impressive perfect 6 points but wasn't good enough to power Team Revenue Region No.9 San Pablo chess team into a championships' trophy.

Team Revenue Region No.9 San Pablo chess team collected a total 15.5 points for runner-up place.
Veteran campaigner Isagani Rada, board 1 bronze medallist led Team Revenue Region No.6 Manila chess team into a third place finish with a total 10.5 points.

Other competing teams are 4th place Team Revenue Region No.4 Pampanga (10 pts.), 5th place Team Revenue Region No.5 Quezon City (9 pts.), 6th place Team Revenue Region No.5 Caloocan and 7th place IAS/LTS-National Office (8 pts.).

No less than Asia's First GM Eugene, Torre, Chief Reymare T. dela cruz, Officer Ruelo Badilles and Assistant Director Jonas DP.

Amora graced the opening ceremony in the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) sanctioned tournament.
Chief Arbiter is IA Elias Lao and assisted by NM Edmundo Gatos.-Marlon Bernardino-

26th SCUAA-NCR set on December 2 to 6 - July 2013
July 28, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

THE 26th staging of State Colleges & Universities Athletic Association-National Capital Region (SCUAA-NCR) Sporting events will be held on December 2 to 6, 2013.

This was announced yesterday by the chairman/executive board of 26th SCUAA-NCR, and president of the Philippine State College of Aeronautics (PhilSCA), Dr. Bernard R. Ramirez, during the weekly sports forum of the Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines (SCOOP).

This year's slogan would be "Moving Ahead Towards Sports Excellence," as the group vowed that this year's sports meet will be more colorful and interesting as every member schools are preparing their athletes very well.

Before the tournament proper, there will be an opening ceremonies on November 26, 2013 at 3-o'clock in the afternoon at the Quirino Grandstand. Invited as guest of honors is headed by Senator Pia Cayetano.

Aside from PhilSCA, other participating colleges & universities and their presidents are: Rizal Technological University (RTU) -- Dr. Rodrigo Torres; Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) -- Dr. Emmanuel De Guzman; Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (Earist) -- Dr. Eduardo Caillo; Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) -- Dr. Olympio V. Caparas; Philippine Normal College (PNC) Dr. Ester Ogena and Marikina Polytechnic College (MPC) -- Dr. Henry Lanada.

Dr. Ramirez revealed that there were 22 sports events to be contested. These are Athletics for men and women, Arnis men and women, Badminton men and women, Baseball men and women, Karatedo men and women, Lawn Tennis men and women, Swimming men and women, Table Tennis men and women, Taekwondo men and women, Volleyball men and women, Basketball men and women, Chess men and women, Football men, Sepak Takraw men, Softball men, Dance sports latin, Dance sports standard. Among the participants will also chosen Mr. and Miss SCUAA-NCR 2013. Professor Gigi A. Manaog is this year's Sports Coordinator.-Marlon Bernardino-

National Open Chess Semis gets underway at Ponciano Bernardo Elementary School in Cubao - July 2013
July 24, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

THE semifinal round of the 2013 National Open chess championship gets underway on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
Map of venue - http://wikimapia.org/732781/Ponciano-Bernardo-Elementary-School

The 9-round Swiss system competition, divided into men and women's divisions organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by it's Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. and Secretary-General Cavite 7th district rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. in coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), will be held at the Ponciano Bernardo Elementary School, P. Tuazon Blvd. Cubao, Quezon City.

Seeing action in the event which will also select the members of the Philippine men and women's teams to play in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar in December, are the seeded titled players, namely International Masters, FIDE Masters and National Masters together with the qualifiers from the elimination tournaments conducted by NCFP. Also eligible to participate are all untitled Filipino chess players with NCFP rating of 2200 and above for men and NCFP rating of 2000 above for women, top three (3) players in all elimination phases of the 2013 National Age-Group championships (U-20, U-16, U-14, U-12) and Philippine National Games qualifiers who must be members in good standing of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).

Registration fee is P300 for NCFP members. (Additional PhP300 for non-NCFP member.)

The top players from both divisions shall advance to the grand final together with the seeded titled players. The number of qualifiers shall be announced before the start of the competition.

For complete details: IA Gene Poliarco (cel. 09237309445); IA Elias Lao (cel. 09262378876) and NM Edmundo Gatos (cel.09398655151).-Marlon Bernardino-

Russia Team beats Apocalypse-Manila with GM candidate Ronald Dableo's heroic win - July 2013
July 18, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

GRANDMASTER candidate Ronald Dableo defeated International Master Rolando Nolte to lift Russia Team into victory over Apocalypse-Manila held recently at the Dugout Spots Bar and Grill held Congressional Avenue in Quezon City.

Other members of the Russia squad are GM Darwin Laylo, Peter and Samson Lim, Filipino and United States chess master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr.

Apocalypse-Manila, the 2012 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia KaSUGI Team Chess Championships ruler made up by Nolte, IMs Emmanuel Senador and Ronald Bancod, NM Edmundo Gatus and Albert Rivera.

The 2003 Vungtau, Vietnam Asian Zonal champion Dableo, head coach of University of Sto. Tomas, the reigning UAAP seniors chess champion also beat Senador in the individual event for the title.

No less than former PSA president Rey Bancod of Tempo/Bulletin led the opening rites in the said goodwill match of the two teams.-Marlon Bernardino-

NON-MASTER CHESS CHALLENGE AT CALOOCAN LRT MALL (formerly LRT NorthMall) - July 2013
July 12, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

(Standing from left) IA/NM Elias Lao, Pinoy Chess Club Online founder Noel Morales, National Coach NM Edmundo Gatus, CM Luffe Magdalaga and FA Lito Abril.

NON-MASTER woodpushers will show their skills when the Non-Master Chess Challenge 2000 and Below chessfest gets underway on August 17 at the 4th floor LRT Caloocan Mall Bldg. (formerly LRT NorthMall) Rizal Avenue, Caloocan City.

The National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) sanctioned tournament, organized by Pinoy Chess Club Online founder Noel Morales in close cooperation with Novaliches Novelty Chess Club is open to all non-master and untitled chess player in the country regardless of their sexes and ages with standard NCFP July rating not over 2000.

"We will do this to promote chess in the grass roots level," said Pinoy Chess Club Online founder Noel Morales.

Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers, with the champion getting the lion's share of P3,500. The runner-up will receive P2,000, while the third placer will bring home P1,000.

 

The fourth placer will get P800, the fifth placer will earn P500 and the sixth up to the 10th placers will get P300. Registration fee is P250 and P150 for kiddies.

Also up for grabs P500 each are the top lady, top senior, top elementary, top high school and top college performer.

For further details of the tournament interested parties may contact, Pinoy Chess Club Online founder Noel Morales at 709-06-86 / 09098878395.-Marlon Bernardino-

International Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia of Manila - July 2013
July 12, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

International Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia of Manila (center) paid a courtesy call to
National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. (left) and NCFP Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales (right) at the Juan Republic Inc. in Pateros, Metro Manila on Tuesday.

Garcia of E. Quintos Barangay 543, Zone 54 of Manila  display his winning medals during the Asian Youth Chess Championships Open 18 and under class recently in Sari, Iran.

THE 17-year-old Garcia, sophomore student of Ateneo de Manila University taking Management Information System save the day for Philippine age group chess team by contributing two gold medals after winning the Standard and Blitz Chess Competition last June 19- 27, 2013.

 

The top player of Ateneo de Manila University is a member of the Team Philippines that also won a total of 65 medals in standard, rapid and blitz events during the 14th ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand last June 5 to 14, 2013. The team collected 24 gold medals, 28 silver medals and 13 bronze medals, a marked improvement from last year's 12-36-9 gold-silver-bronze haul in Hue, Vietnam.-Marlon Bernardino-

Nonthaburi, Thailand: Bernardino tops Gainsfield Pinoy Chess Blitz Championship 2013 - July 2013
July 8, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

Final Standings, Double Round Robin Format, Blitz Chess,
July 6, 2013, Saturday
 
   
1. FM Deniel Causo (PHI) 11.5/12  
2. Jimson Bitoon (PHI) 11  
3. NM Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. (PHI) 10  
4. NM Ric Portugalera (PHI) 9  
5. Henry Calacday (PHI) 7  
6. Kai Tuorila (FIN) 6  
 

FILIPINO and United States chess master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. clinched the Gainsfield Pinoy Chess Blitz Championship 2013 by winning the Double Round Robin Format which ended on Saturday.

The former Arlington, Virginia Open, USA chess champion Bernardino, a sportswriter and radio commentator formalized his claim to the title at the Gainsfield Chess and Language Center headquarters here.

Bernardino finished with a total of 7.5 points, the same output of chess expert Henry Calacday. However, Bernardino won the title via winner over the other tie break points against Calacday.

Bernardino edged Calacday, 1.5-0.5, in the last round. The Quezon City native Bernardino, ex-mainstay of Rizal Technological University (RTU) Mandaluyong City earlier beat Julie Ann Mendez (1.5-0.5), Ryan Calacday (2-0), National Master (NM) Leonardo Alidani (1.5-0.5) and drew with Fide Master (FM) Deniel Causo (1-1).

Last Friday (July 5, 2013), Causo (11.5/12) captured the Bangkok Chess Club Open Blitz Tournament held at the Queen Victoria Pab and Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. He was followed by Jimson Bitoon (11 pts.), Bernardino (10 pts.), NM Ric Portugalera (9 pts.) and Henry Calacday (7 pts.) respectively.-Marlon Bernardino-

FM Deniel Causo rule Bangkok Chess Club Open Blitz Tournament - July 2013
July 8, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

Final Standings of the Bangkok Chess Club Blitz Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, July 5, 2013

(Single Round Robin Format, Five Minutes Play To Finish Event)

  1. FM Deniel Causo (PHI) 11.5/12
  2. Jimson Bitoon (PHI) 11
  3. NM Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. (PHI) 10
  4. NM Ric Portugalera (PHI) 9
  5. Henry Calacday (PHI) 7
  6. Kai Tuorila (FIN) 6
  7. William Campi (USA) 5
  8. Ho Jei-Chen (TPE) 5
  9. Ryan Calacday (PHI) 4.5
  10. Michael Culasing (PHI) 4
  11. Julie Ann Mendez (PHI) 2.5
  12. Aleister Laytham (ENG) 2
  13. Abraham Niehaus (RSA) 0.5
 

BANGKOK, Thailand---Fide Master Deniel Causo (11.5/12) captured the Bangkok Chess Club Open Blitz Tournament on Friday (July 5, 2013) held at the Queen Victoria Pab and Restaurant here.
He was followed by Jimson Bitoon (11 pts.), Filipino and United States chess master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. (10 pts.), NM Ric Portugalera (9 pts.) and Gainsfield Chess and Language Center director Henry Calacday (7 pts.) respectively.
Other woodpushers who participated in the 13 player's field, Single Round-Robin Format, Five Minutes Play to Finish event are No.6 Kai Tuorila (FIN, 6 pts.), No.7 William Campi (USA, 5 pts.), No.8 Ho Jei-Chen (TPE, 5 pts.), No.9 Ryan Calacday (PHI, 4.5 pts.), No.10 Michael Culasing (PHI, 4 pts.), No.11. Julie Ann Mendez (PHI, 2.5 pts.), No.12 Aleister Laytham (ENG, 2 pts.) and No.13. Abraham Niehaus (RSA, 0.5 point).
The event was graced and officiated by Bangkok-based Mr. Kai Tuorila of Finland, Founder/President of Bangkok Chess Club.-Marlon Bernardino-

Pinoy Nolte finishes 3rd in KL Masters 2013; misses GM title norm - June 2013
June 23, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

9.0 pts. GM Sergei Tiviakov (Netherlands)
7.5 pts. GM Thomas Luther (Germany)
7.0 pts. IM Rolando Nolte (Philippines)
5.5 pts. GM Niaz Murshed (Bangladesh)
5.0 pts. IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh R. (India)
5.0 pts. IM Goh Wei Ming (Singapore)
4.5 pts. IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (Malaysia)
4.0 pts. WGM Padmini Rout (India)
4.0 pts. IM Oliver Dimakiling (Philippines)
3.5 pts. IM Aleksandar Wohl (Australia)
0.0 pts. GM Wong Meng Kong (Singapore)

INTERNATIONAL MASTER Rolando Nolte of the Philippines defeated IM Aleksandar Wohl of Australia in the final round to finish third in the DYTM Raja Dr Nazrin Shah Invitational KL Masters 2013 at the Swiss Inn Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday.

Nolte tallied 7.0 points on 5 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss in ten outings to pocketed the third prize worth 4,000 Malaysian ringgit. Nolte missed the chance to get his third and final GM norm as he fell short by half point in the 11 round tournament when he had to settle for a draw against Woman Grandmaster Padmini Rout of India in the penultimate round.Nolte needed to win his last two rounds to reach 7.5 points and earn his third and final GM norm.

"Sa last 2 rounds ay kailangan maipanalo ko ang 2 laro ko po. Tinalo ko sa last round si (IM Aleksandr) Wohl kaso na draw ang laban ko sa penultimate round kay (WGM) Padmini (Rout) na winning pa naman ang posisyon."

Nolte informed the National Chess Federation of the Philippines headed by it's chairman/president Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. and secretary-general Cavite 7th district rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr.

"Kailangan ko kasi makaiskor ng 7.5 points kaso 7.0 points lamang ako," added Nolte, a former University of Manila mainstay.

Top seed GM Sergei Tiviakov of the Netherlands (ELO 2644), who beat Nolte in the 7th round finish 9.0 points and won the title plus champion's purse worth 10,000 Malaysian ringgit.

GM Thomas Luther of Germany scored 7.5 points and settled runner-up purse worth 6,000 Malaysian ringgit.

Another Filipino entry IM Oliver Dimakiling, who hails from Davao City scored 4.0 points, the same output of Padmini.

The 11 player's event using the single round robin format organized by Polgar Chess Asia for the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA) with support from the Malaysian Chess Federation and Malaysian Intellect Development Foundation. Fide Master Peter Long is the tournament director.-Marlon Bernardino-

SIX PINOY GOT THEIR FIDE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZER (IO) TITLE NORM - June 2013
June 19, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 


International Arbiter and National Master Erwin L. Carag got his Certificate of Participation during the FIDE Trainer's Seminar coincide the May 2013 Asian Continental Championships in Pasay City.

SIX Pinoy woodpushers got their FIDE International Organizer (IO) title norm during the FIDE Trainer's Seminar coincide the May 2013 Asian Continental Championships in Pasay City.

Lecturer was IO Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh of Iran.

There were Seven (7) participants from Philippines namely FA Augusto S Marcial, IA Edman Grey Prado, IA Erwin L. Carag, FA James G. Infiesto, FA Ralph B. Caluya and FA Patrick Lee.

Six (6) participants succeeded in the final test and were granted the IO Norm according to FIDE Zone 3.3 president and Cavite 7th district Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr., also the Secretary-General of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).
-Marlon Bernardino-

 
Wesley So Live Ratings - June 2013
June 10, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 
ABS-CBN Sports News
So shares lead in Las Vegas chess
 

ref:http://chessaccount.wordpress.com/live-ratings-phi/wesley-so-live-ratings/

GM Wesley So Live Ratings:
2708.1 (Standard)
2642 (Rapid)
2685 (Blitz)
FIDE Rating (June 2013) :
2705 (Standard) : World Rank : 44
2642 (Rapid)
2685 (Blitz)
references:
http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=5202213
FIDE Top 100 Players
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GM Wesley So Peak Rating : 2705 (May 2013) - Standard
Highest 'LIVE RATING' : 2714.7 (24 May 2013: R2: 22nd Chicago Open 2013)
Previous High (Live Rating):
2713.3 (23 May 2013: R1: 22nd Chicago Open 2013)
2712.5 (20 May 2013: R9: 6th Calgary International)

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CURRENT TOURNAMENT
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LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL
National Open Championship
Riviera Casino & Hotel
Rnd: Date : Players/FED/FIDE Rtg : Result : rtg+/-
R1: FM Banawa, Joel (USA)2349: W1: not rated
R2: GM Margvelashvili, Giorgi (GEO)2555: ½ : not rated
R3: GM Gurevich, Dmitry (USA)2492: W1: not rated
R4:GM Mikheil Kekelidze (GEO)2503 vs GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 : 0-1 : +2.4
R5: GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 Vs GM Tamaz Gelashvili (GEO)2560:1-0:+3.1
R6: GM Alejandro Ramirez (USA)2574 Vs GM Wesley So (PHI)2705:½-½:-1.8
Total Points/Nr-Of-Rnds: 5.0/6
1. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ 6th Calgary International Chess Classic : +7.5
2. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ 22nd Chicago Open : -8.1
3. National Open Championship (Las Vegas Int'l Chess Festival: +3.7
Total Gain/Loss: +3.1
FIDE Rating (May 2013) : 2705
LIVE RATING: 2708.1
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22nd Chicago Open
May 23-27, 2013
Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, Wheeling, Illinois.
Rnd: Date : Players/FED/FIDE Rtg : Result : rtg+/-
R1: FM Robby Adamson (USA)2284 Vs GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 : 1-0 : +0.8
R2: GM Wesley So(PHI)2705 Vs IM Daniel Fernandez(USA)2396 : 1-0 : +1.4
R3: GM Conrad Holt(USA)2513 Vs GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 : ½-½ : -2.5
R4: GM Aleksandr Lenderman (USA)2585 Vs Wesley So (PHI)2705 : ½-½ : -1.6
R5: GM Wesley So(PHI)2705 Vs GM Nikola Mitkov (MKD)2484 : ½-½ : -2.8
R6: IM Edward Porper (2423) Vs GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 Vs: ½-½: -3.4
Total Points/Nr-Of-Rnds: 4.0/6
1. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ 6th Calgary International Chess Classic : +7.5
2. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ 22nd Chicago Open : -8.1
Total Gain/Loss: -0.6
FIDE Rating (May 2013) : 2705
LIVE RATING: 2704.4
http://chesstournamentservices.com/cca/chicago-open/
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6th Calgary International Chess Classic

May 14 – 20, 2013
VRnd: Date : Players/FIDE Rtg : Result : rtg+/-
R1: 14 May: FM Michael Langer (USA)2237 Vs GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 : 0-1 : +0.8
R2: 15 May: GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 Vs GM Victor Mikhalevski(ISR)2551: 1-0 : +2.9
R3: 15 May: GM Eric Hansen (CAN)2577 Vs GM Wesley So(PHI)2705: ½-½: -1.7
R4: 16 May: GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 Vs GM Robin Van Kampen (NED)2580:1-0:+3.3
R5: 17 May: FM Adarsh Jayakumar(USA)2336 Vs GM Wesley So(PHI)2705: 0-1 :+1.0
R6: 18 May: GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 Vs IM Edward Porper (CAN)2423:½-½: -3.4
R7: 18 May: GM Eugene Perelshteyn(USA)2517 Vs GM Wesley So(PHI)2705: 0-1 :+2.6
R8: 19 May: GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 Vs FM Jason Cao (CAN)2026: 1-0 :+0.8
R9: 20 May: GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 Vs IM Richard Wang(CAN)2365: 1-0 :+1.2
Total Points/Nr-Of-Rnds: 8.0/9
1. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ 6th Calgary International Chess Classic : +7.5
FIDE Rating (May 2013) : 2705
LIVE RATING: 2712.5
::: PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT(S) RESULTS for CY-2013 :::
The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open
12-14 April 2013
Reference: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201304142712.1
Wesley So (PHI)2701
R1: Agrest, Inna (SWE)2208 : Win : +0.8
R2: Vitaly Neimer (ISR) 2421 : Win: +1.6
R3: Manuel Leon Hoyos (MEX) 2582 : Draw: -1.6
R4: Andre Diamant (BRA) 2479 : Win : +2.2
R5: Georg Meier (GER) 2652 : Draw: -0.7
Total Points/Nr-Of-Rnds: 4.0/5
1. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ U.S.A. College Chess Final Four : +1.9
2. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ Bill Wright Saint Louis Open : +2.3
Total Gain: +4.2
FIDE Rating (April 2013) : 2701
LIVE RATING: 2705.2
U.S.A. College Chess Final Four

April 6-7, 2013 in Rockville, Maryland
Rnd: Date : Players/FIDE Rtg : Result : rtg+/-
R1: 6 Apr: Michael W Auger (USA)2089 Vs Wesley So (PHI)2701 : 0-1 : +0.8
R2: 6 Apr: Wesley So (PHI)2701 Vs Niclas Huschenbeth (GER)2533 :½-½: -2.2
R3: 7 Apr: Wesley So (PHI)2701 Vs Julio Sadorra (PHI)2573: 1-0 : +3.3
Total Points/Nr-Of-Rnds: 2.5/3
Total ELO Gain/Loss @ U.S.A. College Chess Final Four : +1.9
FIDE Rating (April 2013) : 2701
LIVE RATING: 2702.9
2. Reykjavik Open 2013
February 19-27, 2013
Reykjavik, Iceland
Rnd: Date : Players/FIDE Rtg : Result : rtg+/-
R1:19Feb: Wesley So (PHI)2684 Vs Palmqvist Fredrik(SWE)2050 : 1-0 : +0.8
R2:20Feb: Kislik Erik Andrew(USA) 2359 Vs Wesley So(PHI) 2684: 0-1 : +1.3
R3:20Feb: Wesley So (PHI)2684 Vs Andersen Mads(DEN)2462 : 1-0 : +2.2
R4:21Feb: Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn (ISL)2509 Vs Wesley So(PHI) 2684:½-½: -2.3
R5:22Feb: Wesley So (PHI)2684 Vs Yi Wei(CHN)2501: 1-0 : +2.6
R6:23Feb: Vachier-Lagrave Maxime(FRA)2715 Vs Wesley So(PHI) 2684: ½-½: +0.4
R7:24Feb: Wesley So (PHI)2684 Vs Halkias Stelios(GRE)2566: 1-0 : +3.4
R8:25Feb: Yu Yangyi (CHN)2688 Vs Wesley So(PHI) 2684: ½-½: +0.1
R9:26Feb: Wesley So (PHI)2684 Vs Dziuba Marcin (POL)2602: 1-0 : +3.9
R10:27Feb: Pavel Eljanov (UKR)2678 Vs Wesley So(PHI) 2684: ½-½: -0.1
Total Points/Nr-Of-Rnds: 8.0/10
1
. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ 3.3 ZONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP Open Division : +5.0
2. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ Reykjavik Open 2013 : Iceland: +12.3
Running Total ELO Gain/Loss: +17.3
FIDE Rating (February 2013) : 2684
LIVE RATING: 2701.3
ref: http://chess-results.com/tnr72648.aspx?art=9&lan=1&fed=PHI&flag=30&wi=821&snr=7
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1. 3.3 ZONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP Open Division
January 22-29, 2013
Tagaytay City, Philippines
Rnd: Date : Players/FIDE Rtg : Result : rtg+/-
R1:22Jan: Wesley So (PHI) 2682 Vs Rustum Tolentino (PHI)2364 : 1-0 : +1.3
R2:23Jan: Eugenio Torre(PHI) 2485 Vs Wesley So(PHI) 2682: 0-1 : +2.5
R3:24Jan: Wesley So (PHI)2682 Vs Mark Paragua(PHI) 2519: 1-0 : +2.8
R4:24Jan: Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son(VIE)2631 Vs Wesley So(PHI)2682: ½-½: -0.7
R5:25Jan: Wesley So (PHI)2682 Vs Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan(MGL)2522: 1-0: +2.9
R6:26Jan: Megaranto Susanto(INA)2529 Vs Wesley So(PHI)2682:½-½: -2.0
R7:27Jan: Wesley So(PHI)2682 Vs Nguyen Duc Hoa(VIE)2495: 1-0 : +2.6
R8:28Jan: Rogelio Antonio Jr (PHI)2541 Vs Wesley So (PHI)2682: ½-½: -1.9
R9:29Jan: Sang Cao(VIE)2488 Vs Wesley So (PHI)2682 : ½-½ : -2.5
Total Points/Nr-Of-Rnds: 7.0/9
1. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ 2012 PanAm Intercollegiate Chess Championship, NJ : +2.1
2. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ 3.3 ZONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP Open Division : +5.0
Running Total ELO Gain/Loss: +7.1
FIDE Rating (January 2013) : 2682
LIVE RATING: 2689.1
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::: PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT(S) RESULTS for CY-2012 :::
2012 PanAm Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship

Princeton University, New Jersey
Dec 27 – 30, 2012
Rnd: Date : Players/FIDE Rtg : Result : rtg+/-
R1:27Dec: Wesley So (PHI) 2682 Vs Ardito, Andrew (USA) No FIDE rating : 1-0 : —
R2:28Dec: Rest
R3:28Dec: Wesley So (PHI) 2682 Vs Flores Rios, Mauricio (Chile) 2488 : 1-0 : +2.5
R4:29Dec: Steingrimsson, Hedinn (ISL) 2560 Vs So, Wesley (PHI) 2682:0-1: +3.3
R5:29 Dec: So, Wesley (PHI)2682 Vs Bykhovsky, Anatoly (ISR) 2513:½-½: -2.2
R6:30 Dec: Yotov, Valentin(BUL)2575 Vs So, Wesley (PHI)2682 : ½-½ : -1.5
Total Points/Nr-Of-Rnds: 4.0/5
1. Total ELO Gain/Loss @ 2012 PanAm Intercollegiate Chess Championship, NJ : +2.1
FIDE Rating (January 2013) : 2682
LIVE RATING: 2684.1

Webster U freshman Wesley So, Cebuano Enrico Sevillano in a 6 way tie for 1st at Las Vegas International Chess Festival - June 2013
June 10, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

Final Standings:
5.0 points---GM Wesley So (Philippines), GM Jaan Ehlvest (Estonia), GM Varuzhan Akobian (Armenia), GM Alejandro Ramirez (Costa Rica), GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico), GM Enrico Sevillano (Philippines)
4.5 points---GM Ray Robson (USA), GM Elshan Moradiabadi (Iran), GM Dmitry Gurevich (Russia), IM Mackenzie Molner (USA), IM Joseph Mark Bradford (USA)

MANILA---World Cup-bound Grandmaster Wesley Barbasa So of Bacoor, Cavite and Grandmaster Enrico Sevillano of Cebu made the country proud anew by finishing in a tie for first to sixth spots in the just conluded National Open Championship dubbed as Las Vegas International Chess Festival 2013 at the Riviera Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on Monday (Sunday Evening in US time).

The freshman Webster University GM So, the country's top-ranked wood pusher, finished with 5.0 points on four wins, two draws in six outings. Also with 5.0 points were GM Jaan Ehlvest of Estonia, GM Varuzhan Akobian of Armenia, GM Alejandro Ramirez of Costa Rica, GM Manuel Leon Hoyos of Mexico and GM Enrico Sevillano of the Philippines.

" Masayang-masaya po ako kasi muli na naman nagbigay ng karangalan sa bayan sina GM (Wesley) So at GM (Enrico) Sevillano na nag tie for first sa Las Vegas International Chess Festival 2013," said GM Darwin Laylo, one of the closest friend of GM So back here in Manila.

The reigning Calgary, Canada Open champion So defeated GM Tamaz Gelashvili of Georgia in the fifth and penultimate round then halved the point with GM Alejandro Ramirez of Costa Rica in the sixth and final round. The Tehachapi, California, based Sevillano subdued GM Conrad Holt of the United States and GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez of Cuba in the last two rounds to catches So on top.

So's campaign is backed up by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by it's Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., Secretary-General Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. , Deputy Secretary-General Red Dumuk and Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales.

The tournament serves as So's build up for the 2013 World Chess Cup scheduled on August 10 to September 5 in Tromso, Norway. Joining So in the World Chess Cup are fellow GM Oliver Barbosa and GM Mark Paragua. -Marlon Bernardino-

Wesley So gains share of lead in Las Vegas International Chess Festival 2013 - June 2013
June 10, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

Individual standings after Round 5:
4.5 points---GM Wesley So (Philippines), GM Alejandro Ramirez (Costa Rica), GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico)
4.0 points---GM Ray Robson (USA), GM Jaan Ehlvest (Estonia), GM Varuzhan Akobian (Armenia), GM Tamaz Gelashvili (Georgia), GM Victor Mikhalevski (Israel), GM Enrico Sevillano (Philippines)

FILIPINO Grandmaster Wesley Barbasa So beat Georgian GM Tamaz Gelashvili to share the lead in the fifth round of the National Open Championship dubbed as Las Vegas International Chess Festival 2013 at the Riviera Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

So hiked his total to 4.5 points, the same output of GM Alejandro Ramirez of Costa Rica and GM Manuel Leon Hoyos of Mexico.Ramirez toppled GM Ruben Felgaer of Argentina while Hoyos subdued defending champion GM Aleksandr Lenderman of the United States.

Another Filipino entry GM Enrico Sevillano crushed GM Conrad Holt of the United States to scored 4.0 points and create a six-way tie for fourth place that includes Gelashvili, GM Ray Robson of the USA, GM Jaan Ehlvest of Estonia, GM Varuzhan Akobian of Armenia and GM Victor Mikhalevski of Israel.-Marlon Bernardino-

Dimakiling, Nolte eye grandmaster title status in Malaysia chess tourney - June 2013
June 6, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino International Masters (IM) Oliver Dimakiling and Rolando Nolte both seeking their third and final grandmaster norms/results when the DYTM Raja Dr Nazrin Shah Invitational KL Masters 2013 gets underway on June 13 to 21 at the at the Swiss Inn Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dimakiling, fresh from winning the gold medal in the blitz event of the PSC-POC Philippine National Games, seeks his third GM norm in the event Organized by Polgar Chess Asia for the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA) with support from the Malaysian Chess Federation and Malaysian Intellect Development Foundation.

"Sana makuha ko na ang 3rd at final GM norm ko dito sa KL Masters," said the Davao City native Dimakiling, who earned his first GM norm after finishing as co-champion in the 2006 Malaysian Open.

The pride of Quezon City Nolte, meantime is targeting his 3rd and final GM norm"Gaya ni (Oliver) Dimakiling ay target ko din makuha ang 3rd at final GM norm sa KL Masters," .

According to National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., a player needs to complete the required three norms and at least reach 2500 Elo rating once. Dimakiling and Nolte, both have already accomplished the latter.

Filipino pawnpushers expects to face stiff competition from GMs Sergei Tiviakov of the Netherlands, Thomas Luther of Germany and IM Mas Hafizulhelmi of Malaysia, among others.-Marlon Bernardino-

Midsayap Active Chess Excellence Formed - May 2013
May 30, 2013
from Marlon Bernardino
 

THE Midsayap Active Chess Excellence formed according to National Master Roger M. Sarip, one of the members of the said chess club located at LTO Midsayap, Mun. Hall Comp., Midsayap, North Cotabato.

The complete officers and members of the Midsayap Active Chess Excellence (National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) affiliated club member) are Mr. Elias A. Catedral (President), Engr. Antonio P. Relles Jr. (Vice-President), Rose Anne Marie I. Perbillo (Secretary), Genalinda P. Ganotice (Treasurer), Mrs. Ethelyne S. Baula (Auditor), Ramon Toledo (Business Manager), Ivan Carl Umali (Business Manager), Kares M. Gumaan (Sgt. at Arms), Allan Castardo (Sgt. at Arms), Ronald S. Arcenas (PIO) and members NM Roger M. Sarip, NM Bob Jones Liwagon, NM Allan Macala, NM Ruel Filipinas, Vanessa C. Domato, Melchor S. Arcenas, Danilo P. Alam, Alikhan Impa, Rosalie Bornea and Pangandamun B. Ambor.For registration and inquiries, interested parties may keep in touch at celfone numbers 0910-252-9051 and 0929-400-5190.

GM WESLEY BARBASA SO TOPS CALGARY CHESS - May 2013
May 23, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

FILIPINO Grandmaster (GM) Wesley Barbasa So cemented his status as one of the Philippines' elite sportsmen by beating Canadian International Master (IM) Richard Wang in the final round to enroute the coveted title in the just concluded 2013 Calgary International Chess Classic held at the Best Western Village Park Inn in Calgary, Canada.

The 19-year-old So, a freshman student at Webster University in United States finished a total score of eight points on seven wins and two draws. GMs Robin Van Kampen of the Netherlands, Eric Hansen of Canada and Victor Mikhalevski of Israel finished in a three-way tie for second with six points each while GM Eugene Perelshteyn of the United States and IM Edward Porper of Canada ended up sharing the fifth spot with 5.5 points apiece.

In other final round results, Hansen subdued Yam, Kampen crushed Jayakumar, while Piatsetski and Porper agreed to a silent draw.

Meanwhile, IM Leon Piasetski of Canada and FIDE Master (FM) Michael Langer of US scored five points for seventh to eighth places followed by Wang, FM Adarsh Jayakumar of US (4.5), National Master (NM) Alex Yam of Canada (4.5), FM Dale Haessel of Canada (4.5), untitled Georgi Kostadinov of Canada (4.0), Beehrooz Ebrahim-shirazi of Canada (4.0), NM Robert Gardner of Canada (3.5) and NM Steven Peter of Canada (2.5).

In the blitz competition, So who hails from Bacoor, Cavite defeated all his rivals to a perfect 9.0 points finish.-Marlon Bernardino-

Pinoy GM Wesley Barbasa So shares lead with two others - May 2013
May 17, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

FILIPINO Grandmaster Wesley Barbasa So (ELO 2705) settled for a draw with GM Eric Hansen of Canada (ELO 2577) but kept his share of the lead in the 2013 Calgary International Chess Classic at the Best Western Village Park Inn in Calgary, Canada.

GM Robin Van Kampen of the Netherlands (ELO 2580) defeated NM Alex Wang of Canada (ELO 2283) to raise his total to 2.5 points and and forge a three-way tie for first after three rounds.

Bunched with Van Kampen are So and Hansen.

In the fourth round, the 20-year-old So will be facing Van Kempen while Hansen opposite GM Victor Mikhalevski of Israel (ELO 2551), who was yielded to So in the second round. Mikhalevski, bounced back in contention by crushing NM Robert Gardner of Canada (ELO 2217) in the third round.

So's campaign is backed up by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by it's Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., Secretary-General Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. and Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales.

The tournament serves as So's build up for the forthcoming 27th Summer Universiade on July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia and 2013 World Chess Cup scheduled on August 10 to September 5 in Tromso, Norway.-Marlon Bernardino-

All eyes on Sadorra, Laylo in Pacquiao Asian chess on Saturday - May 2013
May 17, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

US-BASED GM Julio Catalino Sadorra and Darwin Laylo will lead a contingent of Filipino wood pushers to the $100,000 Manny Pacquiao Cup Asian Continental Open and Women's Chess Championships on Saturday at the Midas Hotel in Pasay City.

"Malaking factor yung magtulungan for the game preparation against foreign counterpart para makapasok sa main draw ng World Cup," said Sadorra, a senior year Business Administration focus on Entrepreneurship student at Jindal School of Management (JSOM) in University of Texas Dallas.

"Gagawin namin ang best para makapasok sa World Cup," added Laylo.

The tournament is held under the auspices of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines headed by it's Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., Asian Chess Federation and FIDE, and organized by the Eugene Torre Chess Foundation.

The top five qualify to the 2013 World Chess Cup scheduled on August 10 to September 5 in Tromso, Norway. Filipino Grandmasters Wesley So and Oliver Barbosa are the early qualifiers. Barbosa finished in the top five in last year's Asian Continental in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam while So qualified from the Zonal Championship organized by NCFP Secretary-General Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino last January in Tagaytay City. The Asian Women's champion advances to the 2014 Women's World Championship tournament. Last year's Asian women's champion was Irene Sukandar of Indonesia.

Sadorra and Laylo will join comrades GMs Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr., Mark Paragua, John Paul Gomez, Richard Bitoon, International Masters (IMs) Rolandon Nolte, Emmanuel Senador, Barlo Nadera, as well National Master Ronald Llavanes, among others.

Asian Chess Federation president Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan is expected to make the ceremonial moves during the formal opening ceremony, along with Sarangani rep. and Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, NCFP president/chairman Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. and Asian Zone 3.3 president NCFP secretary-general and newly-elected 7th district Cavite rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr.

Also expected to grace the opening ceremony are NCFP executive director GM Jayson Gonzales, NCFP deputy-secretary general and treasurer Red Dumuk and Asia's first IM Rodolfo Tan Cardoso.

Concurrent with the championship will be a FIDE Trainers Seminar on May 20-24, organized by the Florencio Campomanes Chess Academy under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation and conducted by FIDE Trainers Commission Secretary GM Efstratios Grivas of Greece and GM Eugene Torre. Asia's first grandmaster was recently conferred the FIDE Senior Trainer title, the only FST in Southeast Asia.-Marlon Bernardino-

GM WESLEY BARBASA SO SECURES BACK TO BACK WIN IN CALGARY CHESS INTERNATIONAL CHESS CLASSIC - May 2013
May 16, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

THE COUNTRY's top rated Grandmaster Wesley Barbasa So (ELO 2705) scored back-to-back win after beating GM Victor Mikhalevski of Israel (ELO 2551) in the second round of the 2013 Calgary International Chess Classic at the Best Western Village Park Inn in Calgary, Canada on Wednesday.

The 20 year old So, a freshman at Webster University in the United States improved to a total of 2 points to share 1st place along with GM Eric Hansen of Canada (ELO 2577), who brought downed countryman IM Edward Porper (ELO 2423).

Earlier, the Bacoor, Cavite whiz kid So toppled FM Michael Langer of the United States (ELO 2237) in Tuesday's opening round while Hansen routed NM Robert Gardner of Canada (ELO 2217).

Hansen and So will battle out for the solo leadership board in Thursday's third round.

GM Robin Van Kempen of the Netherlands (ELO 2580), GM Eugene Perelshteyn of the United States (ELO 2519), FM Adarsh Jayakumar of the United States (ELO 2336) and NM Alex Wang of Canada (ELO 2283) shared third to sixth places after scoring 1.5 points each.

So's campaign is backed up by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by it's Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., Secretary-General Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. and Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales.

The tournament serves as So's build up for the forthcoming 27th Summer Universiade on July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia and 2013 World Chess Cup scheduled on August 10 to September 5 in Tromso, Norway.-Marlon Bernardino-

Pangilinan wins Novelty Summer Chessfest title by half point - May 2013
May 15, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

Stephen Rome Pangilinan (center) display his trophy during courtesy call to National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. (left). Also in photo is Melbourne Pangilinan (father of Stephen Rome).

Stephen Rome is preparing for his next tournament in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the 14th ASEAN + Age-Group Chess Championships schedule on June 5 to 14.
-Gener B.Lumanog-

ANOTHER Wesley So is in the making as a young Filipino woodpushers emerged as the over-all champion in his divisions at the conclusion of Novelty Summer Chess Meet was held at the Jackman Plaza Munoz in Quezon City last Saturday (May 11).

The Manila based Pangilinan defeated former solo leader Emmanuel Paler in the seventh and final round. Pangilinan who hails from Bulacan finished the tournament with 6.0 points and won the kiddies division by half point against 2nd place Paler, 3rd placer Jesca Docena, 4th placer Eder de Jesus, 5th placer Dennis Gutierrez Jr. and 6th placer Juan Carlos Presente, all with 5.5 points each. Paul Uy, Brent Alanan, Jose David Tapia and John Paolo Medina shared seventh to tenth places after scoring 5 points each.

Pangilinan, a former top player of Milo Checkmate rose to prominence when he became the overall champion in his division in the 2009 Las Vegas International Chess Festival held at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.At age six, Pangilinan bested other competitors in the Susan Polgar under eight-year-old division. He won first place after garnering a total of 5 points.

Right now, Pangilinan is preparing for his next tournament in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the 14th ASEAN + Age-Group Chess Championships schedule on June 5 to 14.

Meanwhile, Apollo Agapay and Ricky Batcho share the top honors with 6.5 points apiece in seven outings in the 1975 and below division.

Prizes were awarded by Novaliches Novelty Chess Club president Mr. Sonsea Agonoy. According to Mr. Agonoy, the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) sanctioned tournament aims to promote the board game of chess, especially among the youth while facilitating the development of talented enthusiast's skills and confidence.-Marlon Bernardino-

Villanueva, Rilloraza tops Alphaland chess tourney - May 2013
May 14, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

JEROME Villanueva drew with Mark Prince Aquino in the seventh round then nipped Virgen Gil Ruaya in the eight and final round then edged Rey Aba-A and Clement Valledor in the tie-break to bag the title in the just ended 2nd J'Adoube Rapid Chess Tournament, 2050 and below at Alphaland Southgate Mall, Makati City, over the weekend.

Villanueva finished with seven points, the same output of Aba-A and Valledor, who also beat Carlo Caranyagan and Gerald Ferriol in the final canto, respectively in the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) sanctioned tournament.

Aquino, on the other hand split the point with Charles Daniel Abuzo in the final round and wound up tied for fourth with Jeazzir Kline Surposa, Jaime Criste and Abuzo at 6.5 points.

In the kiddies, 13 and under, Istraelito Rilloraza and Julius Gonzales toppled Jonathan Lay and Mark James Marcellana in the eight and final round to share the top honors with 7.5 points. Rilloraza took the title with a better tie break score over Gonzales. Dale Bernardo and Lejither Paul Uy shared the third and fourth places after scoring 6.5 psoints each.-Marlon Bernardino-

2013 May FIDE chess rating list; Filipino Wesley So ranked 40th in the world - May 2013
May 11, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

THE WORLD Chess Federation has published the May edition of the FIDE rating list. Filipino Wesley Barbasa So's latest rating of 2705 puts him at #40 in the world as well as #2 junior.

The 19 year old So, a freshman at Webster University in the United States actually was tied at 39th to 41st place along with Armenian Vladimir Akopian and Ukrainian Anton Korobov who also tallied 2705 Elo rating points.However, Akopian took world's no.39 ranking with a nine games listed, a one game ahead over world no.40 So and two games ahead over world no.41 Korobov.

Norway's Magnus Carlsen continues at the top position with 2868 while Hungrary's Judith Polgar still Top Women player with 2696. Top Junior's is Netherland's Anish Giri (ELO 2734) while Top Girls is Chinese Hou Yifan (ELO 2617).

So enters breaks the 2700 barrier and appears at 2701 at 50th postion in the 2013 March FIDE rating list.-Marlon Bernardino-

Novelty Summer Chess Meet on Saturday - May 2013
May 9, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

WOODPUSHERS from all over Metropolis including those coming from the nearby province are expected to swarm Quezon City anew for the staging of the Novelty Summer Chess Meet (1975 and below division) on Saturday, May 11 at the Jackman Plaza Munoz in Quezon City.

According to Novaliches Novelty Chess Club president Mr. Sonsea Agonoy, the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) sanctioned tournament aims to promote the board game of chess, especially among the youth while facilitating the development of talented enthusiast's skills and confidence.

The 1975 and below division champion is set to clinch the top prize of P6,000 with a trophy, while the second placer will bring home P3,000 and a trophy.

The third placer will receive P1,500 plus a trophy, while the fourth and fifth placer gets P800 and P600 plus medals, respectively, with the 6th to10th finishers to bring home P400 each plus medals and P300 each to 11th to 15th placer plus medals.

A P2,000 prize and trophy await the top winner in the kiddies division (14 and under section), while trophies and cash prizes of P1,000 and P700 will be given to second and third placers.

Fourth place finishers in the kiddies division will bring home P500 and the fifth place gets P300 plus medals while the 6th to 10th placers will receive Novelty medals.

Novelty Medals plus P500 each also await the special awardees for top ladies, junior (20 year old and below),senior (50 year old and above) and top Novelty Player.

Interested participants may call or text Special Event Manager Mr. Richard R. Dela Cruz at 0912- 450-8786, Novaliches Novelty Chess Club secretary Mr. Juancho Caunte at 0923-654-2806 and Novaliches Novelty Chess Club president Mr. Sonsea Agonoy at 0905-248-1733. -Marlon Bernardino-

Chess Tourney goes to Jackman Plaza Munoz - May 2013
May 9, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

Officials, club members and staff headed by Novaliches Novelty Chess Club president Mr. Sonsea Agonoy in a souvenir photo last March 10 in the event dubbed as Novelty-Jackmann 2013 Quezon City Chess Championship with no less than National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. is the guest of honor. Incumbent Councilor Francisco "Boy" Calalay who will run for congressman in the first district also guest in the said chessfest

EVERYTHING is set for the much awaited Novelty Summer Chess Meet on May 11 at the Jackman Plaza Munoz in Quezon City.

The National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) sanctioned tournament is divided into two sections-1975 & below NCFP April 2013 rating and Kiddies, 14-Under division.

The 1975 and below section offers P6,000 to the Champion plus trophy; P3,000 to second plus trophy ; P1,500 to third placer plus trophy; P 800 to fourth placer plus medal; P600 to fifth placer plus medal; P400 each to 6th to 10th placer plus medals and P300 each to 11th to 15th placer plus medals in the one day tourney organized by Novaliches Novelty Chess Club.

Top finisher in different categories, such as ladies, junior (20 year old and below),senior (50 year old and above), top Novelty Player will also get P500 plus Novelty Medals.

In the 12 and under section, the Champion will receive P2,000 plus trophy, P1,000 to second plus trophy, P700 to third plus trophy; P 500 to fourth placer plus medal; P300 to fifth placer plus medal and Novelty Medals plus book for 6th to 10th placer.

For complete details please call or text Special Event Manager Mr. Richard R. Dela Cruz at 0912- 450-8786, Novaliches Novelty Chess Club secretary Mr. Juancho Caunte at 0923-654-2806 and Novaliches Novelty Chess Club president Mr. Sonsea Agonoy at 0905-248-1733.-Marlon Bernardino-

Biag, Bernardo shine in Manila Chess Tourney - April 2013
April 28, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

IVAN Gil Biag of Dasmarinas, Cavite and Darry Bernado of Angeles, Pampanga dominated the centerpiece events of the 2013 Manila Non-Master Open Rapid Chess Championship (Mayor's Cup) last Saturday, April 27 at the San Andres Complex, San Andres Street in Malate, Manila.

Biag finished with 6.5 points in this 7-round tournament organized by sportsman Bermar (MaiMai) Polancos and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by it's Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., Secretary-General Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. and Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales, to bag the top purse of P10,000 to the champion plus trophy.

Nelson "Elo" Mariano III of Bacoor, Cavite on the other hand notched 6.0 points to finish in a tie for 2nd to 4th placers along with Gary Legaspi of Antipolo City and Tyrone delos Santos of Adamson University, Manila.

The former University of the East (UE) standout Nelson "Elo" Mariano III are the younger brother of of Grandmaster Nelson Mariano and Woman International Master Cristine Rose Mariano.

Adjudged category winners were Joel Cocjin of Iloilo City (Top Senior), Emir Gamis (Top 1950 and below) and WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda of Manila (Top Lady).

Meanwhile, Darry Bernado of Angeles, Pampanga took the kiddies title, top purse P3,500 and trophy with an impressive showing 6.5 points after seven games of play. Eden de Jesus Jr., settled for runner' up with 6.0 points for P2,000.

Dale Bernado, Rothsen Bautista and Istraelito Rilloraza wound up 3rd to 5th placers with 5.5 points each for P1,100 each.
-Marlon Bernardino-

Chess: Lim, Pichay and Gonzales grace Manila Chessfest today - April 2013
April 26, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

NO less than Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim will be the guest of honor when the 2013 Manila Non-Master Open Rapid Chess Championship gets under way today, Saturday, April 27 at the San Andres Complex, San Andres Street, Malate, Manila.

Lim, a staunch supporter of chess, will deliver the inspirational remarks during the 10am opening ceremony in this one-day, National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) sanctioned tournament organized by sportsman Bermar (MaiMai) Polancos, Andrew Casiano and Noel Francisco.

Lim is also expected to make the ceremonial move, along with National Chess Federation of the Philippines president/chairman Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. and executive director GM Jayson Gonzales.

Vice Mayoral candidate Lou Veloso and other City Officials is also invited to grace the opening ceremony.

At stake are P10,000 cash prizes plus elegant trophy for the Non-Master champion and P3,500 plus trophy for the kiddies Under 14 category champion.

Registration fee worth P300 for the non-master and titled lady player and P200 for the kiddies woodpushers.

For registration please contact sportsman Bermar (MaiMai) Polancos at 0939-179-0788, Andrew Casiano at 0918-560-4470 and Noel Francisco at 0926-975-4612.-Marlon Bernardino-

MANILA CHESS CUP ON APRIL 27 - April 2013
April 22, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

THE 2013 Manila Open Non-Master Rapid Chess Championship gets under way on April 27 at the San Andres Complex, San Andres Street, Malate, Manila.

The one-day tournament, organized by sportsman Bermar (MaiMai) Polancos, Andrew Casiano and Noel Francisco and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), will begin at 10 a.m.
Expected to grace the opening ceremony are Mayor Alfredo S. Lim and other City Officials, National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. and NCFP executive director Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales.
At stake are P10,000 cash prizes plus elegant trophy for the Non-Master champion and P3,500 plus trophy for the kiddies Under 14 category.
Registration fee worth P300 for the non-master and titled lady player and P200 for the kiddies woodpushers.
For registration please contact sportsman Bermar (MaiMai) Polancos at 0939-179-0788, Andrew Casiano at 0918-560-4470 and Noel Francisco at 0926-975-4612.-Marlon Bernardino-

Filipino GMs Laylo, Barbosa tie for 2nd in Bangkok Chess; Australian GM Zhao wins - April 2013
April 22, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

Final Standings:
7.5 points---GM    Zhao Zong-Yuan (Australia)
7.0 points---IM Wan Yunguo (China), GM Jan Gustafsson (Germany), GM  Levente Vajda (Romania), GM Hansen Sune Berg (Denmark), GM Darwin Laylo (Philippines), GM Oliver Barbosa (Philippines), 

GRANDMASTER (GM) Zhao Zong-Yuan of Australia  made a quick draw against IM Wan Yunguo of China to capture the title even as Filipino GMs Darwin Laylo and Oliver Barbosa tied for second in the Bangkok Chess Club 2013 at the Dusit Thani Pattaya in Pattaya, Thailand on Sunday.

Zhao halved the point with Wan in just three moves of King's Indian defense in the final round to tally 7.5 points on six wins and three draws in the Open Section.

Laylo, meantime toppled GM Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia after 38 moves of Old Benoni defense while Barbosa routed IM Roy Saptarshi of India after 40 moves of Queen's Pawn game to finish in an sixth-way tie for second.

After the tie break points was applied, second place is Wan who also obtained a GM norm, 3rd place is GM Jan Gustafsson of Germany, 4th place is GM  Levente Vajda of Romania, 5th place is GM Hansen Sune Berg of Denmark, 6th place is Laylo and 7th place is Barbosa.

Hansen split the point with Gustafsson after four moves of King's Indian defense while Vajda defeated GM Gerhard Schebler of Germany after 38 moves of four knights game.

GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. halved the point with IM Wang Chen of China after 48 moves of Sicilain defense to landed at over-all 8th place with 6.5 points.

In other ninth and final round results of the Filipino woodpushers, GM Mark Paragua settled for a truce with WGM Kulkarni Bhakti of India after 39 moves of Scandinavian defense, FM Hamed Nouri drew with GM Lu Shanglei of China after 49 moves of Vienna Opening as well GM John Paul Gomez opposite IM Mas Hafizulhelmi of Malaysia. The triumvirate tallied 6.0 points each and tied for 17th to 38th places. Paragua overall 20th place, Hamed overall 21st place and Gomez overall 25th place.

In the Challenger Section, Filipino Marvin Ting was yielded to Russian Fide Master Sergey Birjukov in the seventh and final round but still emerged over-all champion after a better tie break points against fellow six pointers 2nd place Atul Kumar of India, 3rd place Andrian Endang of Indonesia, 4th place Birjukov and 5th place Dongre Chandrakant of India.

NM Rudy Ibanez, John Kristofferson de Leon, Australia-based Pinoy Angelito Camer and Christine Joyce Dacayo-Paragua (wife of GM Mark Paragua) tallied 5.0 points each for 9th to 17th place.

The Filipino Thailand chess campaign are supported by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., Secretary-General Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. and Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales, Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee.-Marlon Bernardino-

Laylo catches Antonio - April 2013
April 20, 2013
by Marlon Bernardino
 

GRANDMASTER (GM) Darwin Laylo split the point with International Master (IM) Roy Saptarshi of India in 27 moves of Queen's Pawn game to share compatriot GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. into a tie for 4th to 14th place after the seventh round in the on-going Bangkok Chess Club 2013 at the Dusit Thani Pattaya in Pattaya, Thailand.

Antonio who grabs the solo leadership board in the sixth round failed to continued his impressive showing after losing to GM Sune Berg Hansen of Denmark in 64 moves of Queen's Indian defense to remains on 5.5 points in seven outings, the same output of Laylo and nine others woodpushers along with top seed GM Nigel Short of Britain, winner over GM Jha Sriram of India. The defending champion Short prevailed in 53 moves of Old Indian defense.

GM Oliver Barbosa halved the point with Ma Zhonghan of China in 66 moves of Slav defense to scored 5.0 points and share countryman GM Mark Paragua and NM Nelson Villanueva into a tie for 15th to 29th place.
Paragua, on the other hand was bowed to GM Gerhard Schebler of Germany in 37 moves of Sicilian defense while Villanueva suubdued IM Awam Wahono of Indonesia.

Hansen , Schebler and GM Zhao Zong-Yuan of Australia was tied at the leadership board with 6.0 points each. Zhao bested GM Ralf Akesson of Sweden in 30 moves of Queen's Gambit declined.

In the eight round, Laylo goes up against Antonio on board 7, Barbosa will meet FM Riste Menkinoski of Macedonia on board 9, IM Mas Hafizulhelmi of Malaysia opposite Paragua on board 10 while GM Venkatesh M.R. of India versus Villanueva on board 12.

The Filipino Thailand chess campaign are supported by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., Secretary-General Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. and Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales, Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee.-Marlon Bernardino-

 
     
 
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ADVISORY TO ALL FILIPINO CHESS ARBITERS (11.12.2012)
Barbosa emerges as co-champ in Malaysia chess tilt (9.24.2012)
Barbosa wins, grabs solo 2nd spot (9.23.2012)
Barbosa bounces back, gains share of 3rd place (9.21.2012)
Tiviakov grabs solo lead in Malaysia chess tilt; Paragua, Laylo share 2nd spot (9.20.2012)
Laylo shares lead in Malaysia chess tilt (9.20.2012)
Barbosa leads Filipino winners in Malaysia chess opener (9.19.2012)
Barbosa set to defend title in Malaysia chess tilt (9.16.2012)
Torre, Barbosa shine in PHL victory (9.6.2012)
Torre to the rescue: PHL draws with Hungary (9.5.2012)
Barbosa stars in PHL victory (9.4.2012)
PHL bounces back, tops Iceland (9.2.2012)
THE GRITTY FILIPINOS LOST TO THE ARMENIANS AS WORLD NO.2 ARONIAN PRAISED SO (9.2.2012)
PHL suffers first loss in World Chess Olympiad (9.1.2012)
PHL men's team rolls to 3rd straight win in World Chess Olympiad (8.31.2012)
Mejia gets NM title (7.31.2012)
Torre set to make history in Istanbul Olympiad (7.26.2012)
Paragua tops 'Battle of the GMs' (7.25.2012)
Paragua joins Dimakiling on top (7.24.2012)
Dimakiling stays hot (7.23.2012)
Dimakiling beats Barbosa, gets GM norm (7.22.2012)
Dimakiling eyes 2nd GM norm (7.21.2012)
Dimakiling grabs solo lead in 'Battle of GMs' (7.20.2012)
Laylo tops Antonio, gains share of lead (7.19.2012)
Laylo, Antonio stay on top; Paragua wins 3rd straight (7.18.2012)
Laylo gains share of lead (7.17.2012)
Ceremonial Moves - Battle of Grandmasters - National Chess Championships 2012 (7.16.2012)
Boracay hosts Battle of the GMs (7.14.2012)
2012 BATTLE OF GRANDMASTER - PHILIPPINE NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS GRAND FINALS (7.10.2012)
FIDE ARBITER’S SEMINAR (7.4.2012)
CALLING THE ATTENTION OF ALL CHESS CLUBS/ASSOCIATION!!! (7.1.2012)
13 ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships medalists (6.23.2012)
Bersamina, Pimentel win gold in ASEAN age-group chess tilt (6.16.2012)
2012 NCFP Election result (download excel file)
Pimentel drops into tie for lead after draw (6.15.2012)
Pimentel, Salgados show way in ASEAN age-group chess tilt (6.15.2012)
Filipinos off to good start in ASEAN age-group chess tilt (6.12.2012)
IM NOLTE JOINS 12-WAY LEAD IN NCFP OLYMPIC CHESS SEMI-FINAL ROUND (6. 9.2012)
FIDE ARBITER SEMINAR (6.8.2012)
FM NAVA GRABS SOLO LEAD IN NCFP OLYMPIC CHESS SEMI-FINAL ROUND (6.7.2012)
GM BARBOSA WINS AGAIN! IT'S THE ODISHA INTERNATIONAL GM OPEN CHESS IN INDIA THIS TIME (6.7.2012)
POC-PSC NATIONAL GAMES: GM LAYLO RULES CHESS TOURNEY (6.2.2012)
NCFP ELECTION (6.2.2012)
National Open chess semis begins Monday (5.29.2012)
NATIONAL OPEN CHESS SEMIS GETS UNDERWAY (5.29.2012)
Ceremonial Moves - POC-PSC Philippine National Games Chess Tournament (5.28.2012)
Pascua Docena top national juniors (5.2.2012)
Pascua inches closer to national junior crown (4.30.2012)
Ceremonial Moves - Grand Finals 2012 National Age-Group and National Juniors Chess Championships (4.24.2012)
2012 National Juniors Visayas Leg - Turn over photo (4.13.2012)
2012 National Juniors Chess Championship 2nd rnd-Visayas Leg (4.13.2012)
Opening Ceremonies - 2012 NATIONAL AGE GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS – VISAYAS LEG (4.9.2012)
Provision of participation in the grand finals - Memorandum Circular (4.9.2012)
2012 NATIONAL AGE GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - 2ND ROUND VISAYAS LEG (4.9.2012)
NATIONAL OPEN ELIMINATION TOURNAMENTS - OLYMPIAD SELECTION (4.6.2012)
Final Leg of National Age-Group in Aklan (4.6.2012)
2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno National Junior Chess Championships - Final round, Mindanao Leg (4.6.2012)
National Open Elimination Tournaments to kick-off in NCR - Olympiad Selection (4.1.2012)
2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno National Juniors Chess - 2nd round, Mindanao Leg (3.30.2012)
Ceremonial moves - 2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno National Juniors Chess Championships Mindanao Leg (3.30.2012)
Local wood pushers reign in the 2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno National Age-Group (3.29.2012)
2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno National Age-Group Chess Championships - 4th round, Mindanao Leg (3.28.2012)
2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno National Age-Group Chess Championships - 2nd round, Mindanao Leg (3.26.2012)
Opening Ceremonies - Gov. Oscar S. Moreno National Age Group - Mindanao Leg (3.25.2012)
Ceremonial Moves - 2012 GOV. OSCAR S. MORENO NATIONAL AGE GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS (3.23.2012)
2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno National Age-Group & Juniors Chess Championships (3.20.2012)
Ceremonial Moves - Mayor Allen G. Singson Cup 2012 Candon City Chess Championships (3.18.2012)
GM Paragua rules Candon Open Chess; Pockets P15,000 (3.18.2012)
Awarding Ceremonies - 7th La Union Open Chess Championships (3.16.2012)
2012 Mayor Allen G. Singson Cup - Candon City Chess Championship (3.14.2012)
2012 NATIONAL JUNIORS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS – LUZON LEG (3.12.2012)
Upsets Mar Opening round of National Juniors (3.8.2012)
Turqueza, Romero lead winners in Age-Group chess tilt (3.4.2012)
De Leon, Gutierrez, Pangilinan leads NCFP Age-Group Chess (3.2.2012)
Paragua, Gomez, Olay secures back-to-back wins in Vietnam Chess Tourney (3.2.2012)
Pascua leads march of favorites in National Age-Group (3.2.2012)
NCFP Age-Group Chess Twin Ceremonial Moves (3.2.2012)
Tams claim 6-peat in UAAP men's chess; baby Tams takes 2-straight junior chess title (2.26.2012)
Barbosa tops India chess tilt (1.25.2012)
Barbosa, Gomez maintain lead in India chess tilt (1.23.2012)
4 Pinoy youth chessers win title in Singapore chessfest (1.1.2012)
TOURNAMENT RESULTS
2nd Qualifying Leg National Youth Chess Championships
1st Qualifying Leg National Youth Chess Championships
Final Results - 5th J'Adoube Rapid Chess Tournament
Final Results - 2013 Grand National Juniors Chess Championships
Final Results - 2013 Semi-Finals National Chess Championships
Men and Women's Final Results - Spartan Mining Philippine Inter-Collegiate Chess Team Championships
STANDARD | RAPID | BLITZ - POC-PSC Philippine National Games Chess Tournament
Blitz Results - Manny Pacquiao Cup Asian Continental Open and Women's Chess Championships
Men and Women' s Final Results - Manny Pacquiao Cup Asian Continental Open and Women's Chess Championships
Men and Women's Final Results | Elimination Leg - 2013 National Chess Championships
Secondary Divisions' Final Results - 2013 Palarong Pambansa
Elementary Divisions' Final Results - 2013 Palarong Pambansa
Boys' Final Results | GRAND FINALS - 2013 National Age Group Chess Championships
Girls' Final Results | GRAND FINALS - 2013 National Age Group Chess Championships
Boys' Division Final Results | PANGASINAN Leg Final Elimination - 2013 National Age Group Chess Championships
Girls' Division Final Results | PANGASINAN Leg Final Elimination - 2013 National Age Group Chess Championships
FINAL RESULTS (BOYS & GIRLS) 2013 NATIONAL JUNIORS SEMI-FINALS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Final results - 2013 Candon City Open Chess Championship
Boys' Division Final Results | LUZON Leg Elimination - 2013 National Age Group Chess Championships
Girls' Division Final Results | LUZON Leg Elimination - 2013 National Age Group Chess Championships
MEN'S DIVISION FINAL RESULTS - UAAP Season 75 "Unbreakable"
WOMEN'S DIVISION FINAL RESULTS - UAAP Season 75 "Unbreakable"
JUNIORS' DIVISION FINAL RESULTS - UAAP Season 75 "Unbreakable"
MEN'S FINAL RESULTS - 2013 PRISAA National Collegiate Games Chess Tournaments
WOMEN'S FINAL RESULTS - 2013 PRISAA National Collegiate Games Chess Tournaments
BOYS' FINAL RESULTS - 2013 PRISAA National Collegiate Games Chess Tournaments
GIRLS' FINAL RESULTS - 2013 PRISAA National Collegiate Games Chess Tournaments
MEN'S DIVISION ROUND 14 RESULTS - UAAP Season 75 "Unbreakable"
WOMEN'S DIVISION ROUND 14 RESULTS - UAAP Season 75 "Unbreakable"
JUNIOR'S DIVISION ROUND 14 RESULTS - UAAP Season 75 "Unbreakable"
Boys' Division Final Results | Mindanao Qualifying Leg - 2013 National Age Group Chess Championships
Girls' Division Final Results | Mindanao Qualifying Leg - 2013 National Age Group Chess Championships
BOYS' DIVISION FINAL RESULTS - 2013 National Age Group Chess Championships VISAYAS Qualifying Leg
GIRLS' DIVISION FINAL RESULTS - 2013 National Age Group Chess Championships VISAYAS Qualifying Leg
2013 Zonal 3.3 Chess Championships - Open Division & Women's Division Final Results
Final Results - 2013 PSC Cup International Chess Championships
 
2012 Tournament Results
10TH "ISULONG MO!" RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT (NON-MASTER)
10TH "ISULONG MO!" RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT (1900 & BELOW)
10TH "ISULONG MO!" RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT (13 AND BELOW)
National Government, Private & Commercial Blitz Result
National Government, Private & Commercial Rapid Result
Grand Finals Results - 2012 Batang Pinoy - Standard | Rapid | Blitz
Visayas Leg Results - 2012 Batang Pinoy - Standard | Rapid | Blitz
Mindanao Leg Results - 2012 Batang Pinoy - Standard | Rapid | Blitz
Southern Luzon Leg Results - 2012 Batang Pinoy - Standard | Rapid | Blitz
Northern Luzon Leg Results - 2012 Batang Pinoy - Standard | Rapid | Blitz
NCR Leg Results - 2012 Batang Pinoy - Standard | Rapid | Blitz
2012 NCAA Chess Tournament - Seniors results
2012 NCAA Chess Tournament - Juniors results
5th "ISULONG MO!" RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT
SK BARANGAY VETERANS VILLAGE RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT (Non-Master 2050 & Under Division)
SK BARANGAY VETERANS VILLAGE RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT (Kiddies 14 & Under Division)
2012 Battle of Grandmasters - Men's Division
2012 Battle of Grandmasters - Women's Division
4th "ISULONG MO!" RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT
3rd "ISULONG MO!" RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT
2nd "ISULONG MO!" RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT
1st "ISULONG MO!" RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT
ROSAURO CUP 2000 NON-MASTER CHESS TOURNAMENT
MANILA OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
MEN'S DIVISION - 2012 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - OLYMPIAD ELIMINATION SEMI-FINAL ROUND
WOMEN'S DIVISION - 2012 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - OLYMPIAD ELIMINATION SEMI-FINAL ROUND
Open - Men's Results - POC-PSC Philippine National Games
Open - Women's Results - POC-PSC Philippine National Games
Youth - Boys' Results - POC-PSC Philippine National Games
Youth - Girls' Results - POC-PSC Philippine National Games
Kiddies - Boys' Results - POC-PSC Philippine National Games
Kiddies - Girls' Results - POC-PSC Philippine National Games
One Meralco Jr. Chess Master Tournament 2012 (Final Ranking)
2012 Palarong Pambansa (Secondary boys' results)
2012 Palarong Pambansa (Secondary Girls' Results)
2012 Palarong Pambansa (Elementary Boys' Results)
2012 Palarong Pambansa (Elementary Girls' Results)
Luneta Open Chess Championship Final Rankings
Boys Rankings - Grand Finals 2012 National Age-Group
Girls Rankings - Grand Finals 2012 National Age-Group
Rankings - Grand Finals 2012 National Juniors
Boys Pairing Results - Grand Finals 2012 National Age-Group
Girls Pairing Results - Grand Finals 2012 National Age-Group
Pairing Results - Grand Finals 2012 National Juniors
2012 NATIONAL OPEN ELIMINATION TOURNAMENTS (OLYMPIAD SELECTION) FINAL RESULTS
Governor Carlito S. Marquez 2012 National Junior Eliminations, Visayas Leg Boys & Girls Results
Governor Carlito S. Marquez 2012 National Age Group Eliminations, Visayas Leg (Open & Boys' Results)
Governor Carlito S. Marquez 2012 National Age Group Eliminations, Visayas Leg (Girls' Results)
2012 GOV. OSCAR S. MORENO NATIONAL JUNIORS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS (MINDANAO LEG RESULTS)
2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno National Age-Group Chess Championships - Mindanao Leg (Boys' Results)
2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno National Age-Group Chess Championships - Mindanao Leg (Girls' Results)
2012 Mayor Allen G. Singson Cup (Candon City Chess Championship) Results
7th La Union Open Chess Championship
National Age Group Eliminations, Luzon Leg Results
2012 National Juniors Chess Championships, Luzon Leg
2012 UAAP Chess Team Tournament (Men's Final Results)
2012 UAAP Chess Team Tournament (Women's Final Results)
2012 UAAP Chess Team Tournament (Junior's Final Results)
2nd Singapore International Youth Age-Group Individual Chess Championships (Open & Girls)
2nd ASEAN Individual Chess Championships (Open & Women)
8th Singapore Open
National Chess Championships: 4th Battle of the Grandmasters