"In chess, knowledge is a very transient thing. It changes so fast that even a single mouse-slip sometimes changes the evaluation."
-- Viswanathan Anand
By Alex P. Vidal
NEW YORK CITY -- Mansion World Chess Cup Blitz Championship organizer and chief arbiter Rainier M. Labay vowed to continue holding the five-round tournament despite the elimination of Filipino Grand Master Wesley So in the ongoing FIDE World Chess Cup 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The Mansion World Chess Cup was conceptualized after So, 24, a Cavite-born Filipino who now plays for the United States, vaulted into the sem-final of the 128-player single elimination chess tournament.
SUNGYEONG APARTE and Wesley Magbanua flashed top form and swept their first six matches to wrest the solo lead in their respective divisions in the 25th Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship Southern Mindanao leg at SM City Davao last Saturday.
The ninth-ranked Aparte stamped his class over Mae Ducusin, Joy Atupan, Benjie Brobo and Roger Olaso, Jr. then the General Santos City NHS mainstay stunned fourth seed Ellyz Bongato and no. 3 Kurt Placencia to move on top with six points in the junior division of the country’s longest talent-search sponsored by Pilipinas Shell.
It was tough but, sweet for FIDE Master Sander Severino after going through the best-of-5 extra match against International Master Joel Pimentel after both ended with identical 6.5 points at the end of Round 7 in the Piaya Network Broadcasting Corporation/6th Negros Closed Chess Championship at The District at the Alaya Malls in Talisay City.
"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
-- MARK TWAIN
NEW YORK CITY -- The oldest Filipino to win a category title in the World Chess Open championship has surfaced after a long hiatus to belie reports he was dead.
Janelle Mae Frayna downed Germans Nguyen Ha Tranh and Tiffany KInzel in the final two rounds to finish in a five-way tie at 11th spot in the just concluded Women’s International Open in Erfurt, Germany.
Final Standings (Seven Round Swiss System)
6.0 points---Marc Simborio
5.5 points---Mohamad Sacar, Jake Espinosa, Alvin Roma
4.5 points---NM Julius Sinangote, NM Romeo Alcodia, Enriquez Gonzales, Richard Catindoy, Pacheco Gyngayo Jr.
ALL systems go for the Cayetano "Jun" R. Santos Jr. team chess tournament dubbed as JRS chess tatluhan 1950 and below team tournament that opens on September 3, 2017 (Sunday) at the JRS Chess Club, Ampid One, San Mateo, Rizal.
Cayetano "Jun" R. Santos Jr. much known Chess God Father in San Mateo, Rizal said teams competing are coming from San Mateo, Marikina, Montalban, Antipolo, Caloocan, Manila, Quezon City among others.
Final Standings: (Seven Round Swiss System)
16.0 points---Maravril 1 15.5 points---Chinito 14.0 points---Mr. Gold's Chess Team 13.5 points---Sureball 13.0 points---Tinador's Counter Gambit, Congreso Team
12.5 points---JBJ Team, LB Knights 11.5 points---SCUAA 11.0 points---All In, Team ni Kuya JV 10.5 points---Escape from Alcatraz, Crytobit X, Tirador's Defense 10.0 points---Melcon Transport
9.5 points---Team INC 9.0 points---Melcon II 8.5 points---UE Women's Team 8.0 points---San Mateo II, Pangpagulo 7.5 points---United Pasig Chess Club 6.5 points---San Mateo Team
6.0 points---Maravril II
The Philippine International Chess Championships reels off on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at around 2pm the Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, Zambales.
Opening ceremony will be grace by Congressman Prospero “Butch” A. Pichay, Jr.,Chairman and President of National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) together with other NCFP Board of Directors and Officials, Secretary General Congressman Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, Vice-President for Luzon Atty. Ruel V. Canobas, Grassroots Development and Promotions Committee Chairman Congressman Neri Javier Colmenares and Deputy Sec. Gen. Red Dumuk
Filipino Jelvis Arandela Calvelo settled for 3rd overall in the 2017 Canadian Open Chess Championship (Under 2200 section) at the Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
The Dasmarinas, Cavite native Calvelo tallied 7.0 points on six wins, 2 draws and a loss in 9 outings. The said event was held last July 6 to 16, 2017.
Final Standings:(Seven Round Swiss System)
6.0 points---NM Nelson Villanueva (Philippines)
5.5 points---FM Alekhine Nouri (Philippines)
5.0 points---NM Stewart Manaog (Philippines), Looi Xin Hao (Malaysia), Ahmad Jamal Husni b Jamaluddin (Malaysia), Jax Tham (Malaysia),Yip Yong (Malaysia), Ooi Zhi Yang (Malaysia),
FILIPINO grandmaster Wesley So showed confidence to beat Polish GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek in 34 moves of an English Opening in round 10 of the ongoing 2017 Tata Steel Chess Masters in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands.
He gained a full point advantage over five close rivals which included world no. 1 GM Magnus Carlsen.
THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup kicks off today with a double-header set at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
LIKE wine, Grandmaster Eugene Torre gets better with age.
Showing he’s still a force to reckon with at 65, Torre carried the country’s campaign in the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan just like he did during his heydays as the top chess player not only in the Philippines but also in Asia.
Appearing in another record-breaking 23rd appearance in the biennial meet, Torre emerged as the best player out of the four-man Filipino team and in the entire tournament for that matter, after finishing undefeated behind a spectacular 10 points out of the possible 11 on nine victories and two fighting draws.
7.0 points---Ian Cris Udani (Philippines)
6.0 points---Michael Angelo Palma (Philippines)
5.5 points---Subramanian Sivanesan (Malaysia), Erowan Masrin (Malaysia), Ashyraf Nasrin Nayyef (Malaysia), Hafizul Ishak Mohd (Malaysia)
(kicker:) Magnus Carlsen still number in the World in Standard, Rapid and Blitz play
The World Chess Federation (Fide) has conferred the International Master title to Hamed Nouri during the 88th FIDE Congress 2017in Goynuk, Antalya, Turkey this month of October.