"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.
Nagpakitang gilas ang Maravril Enterprise Team B matapos maangkin ang titulo ng 2nd Chessmates Dos Por Dos Dalawahan 2000 Chess Team Tournament nitong Oktubre 22,2017 na ginanap sa Alphaland Southgate Mall Magallanes, Makati City.
Sa pagrenda nina Fide Master Christopher Castellano at Engineer Benjie Esquejo kung saan ang Maravril chess team na suportado ni Capt. Melvin Duay ay nakopo ang titulo matapos itarak ang 11 game points output sa event na inorganisa ni New Jersey-based US master Arthur Macaspac.
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.
by Marlon Bernardino
US-based Filipino Jasper Rom emerged as champion in the Open section of the recently concluded Kasparov 15th anniversary Rapid 2017 last October 31, 2017 in Singapore.
Rom halved the point with countryman Singapore based Pinoy Jomel Ortiz in the last round to finish undefeated with five points on four wins and two draws in the six-round ten minutes tournament.
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.
Final Standings: (Single Round-Robin Format, Three Minutes plus two seconds increment, Blitz)
FORMER Rizal Technological University (RTU) mainstay National Master Julius Sinangote flashed his old deadly form winning the prestigious National Master Engineer Robert Arellano Chess Cup last Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the famous Chess Training headquarters in Asinas Street, San Juan.
ALJI CANTONJOS, a sophomore financial management student of Adamson University is the 2nd leg champion of the just ended prestigious National Master Engineer Robert Arellano Chess Cup over the weekend at the famous Chess Training headquarters in Asinas Street, San Juan.
Alji, son of National Master Allan Cantonjos, who hails from Gingoog City, Misamis, Oriental tallied 9.5 points to nailed the title.
27th World Senior Chess Championship 2017 in Acqui Terme, Italy
FILIPINO Grandmaster (GM) Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. (Elo 2431) halved the point with Indian International Master (IM) Devaki V Prasad (Elo 2290) in yesterday’s third round to create a tenth-way tie for sixth in the 27th World Senior Chess Championship 2017 (50+ and 65+ Open-men and women) in Acqui Terme, Italy.
Filipino Grandmaster Mark Paragua failed to win the coveted title but didn't go home empty handed when he received the $1,000 prize money by topping the Mixed Doubles category along with team mate US player Rachana Bhanuprasad.
The native Bulacan GM Paragua tallied 4.5 points in the Open section while Bhanuprasad notch 5.5 points in the Under 1300 section of the 4th Annual Washington Chess Congress last October 6-9, 2017, at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, USA.
"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.
ALEXANDRA Sydney Paez lived up to her billing by clinching the title of the 23rd Golden Mind Chess Tournament (Under-14) was held last Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Tagumpay Canteen, Poblacion in Lipa City, Batangas.
Paez, the pride of Cabuyao, Laguna scored a total of 6.5 points in the seventh-round Swiss System format event to annex the title and the P3,000 champion purse plus a trophy.
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 Maravril Enterprise Team B stole the limelight by winning the 2nd Chessmates Dos Por Dos Dalawahan 2000 Chess Team Tournament last October 22,2017 at the Alphaland Southgate Mall Magallanes, Makati City.
With Fide Master Christopher Castellano and Engineer Benjie Esquejo at the helm, Maravril chess team backed up by Capt. Melvin Duay won the title with 11 game points output in the event organized by New Jersey-based US master Arthur Macaspac.
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
5.0 points---NM Roberto Suelo Jr.(Philippines)
4.5 points---FM Nelson Villanueva (Philippines), FM Lee Qing Aun (Singapore)
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.
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