Sunday, May 31, 2009
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
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In this chess nation which can stage less than 10 international chess tournaments a year, we have more than enough manpower to ensure that every FIDE-sanctioned event here flows smoothly.
In fact, with the world-renown quality of Filipino services, the Philippines can surely deliver the highest quality of chess arbitration the whole chess world can ever get.
Yes, the Philippines has a name in chess. Don’t forget that this country was a hospitable refuge to the late US chess hero GM Bobby Fischer. Don’t forget, too, that the name “Campo” is widely recognized in the world of chess.
How about the name “Casto Abundo”? Ah, you saw his name imprinted on electronic chess boards in the Internet during the live games of the 8th Asian Continental/Individual Champioship.
It is only fitting, therefore, that our national chess federation and the people who have a hand in managing Philippine chess live up to the world-renown branding of Filipino service.
How many Filipino FIDE-accredited arbiters do you know? Let’s know them:
Abalos, Wilfredo IA
Abundo, Casto P.IA
Anthony, P. Pelayo FA
Augusto S. MarcialP FA
Bautista, Roberto IA
Benitez, Carlos P IA
Butch VillaviejaP FA
Campomanes, Florencio B. IA
Carag, Erwin IA
Cardoso, Rodolfo Tan IA
De Castro, Edgar IA
Edmundo, Legaspi FA
Holazo, Rafael IA
Jobannie C., Tabada FA
Lao, Elias IA
Livelo, Joey IA
Lluch, Erlito IA
Moseros, Jose IA
Navalta, Ricky FA
Patrick, Lee FA
Poliarco, Gene IA
Reyes, Roumel IA
Yap, Lincoln IA
Yutuc, Rolando IA
And for the benefit of Philippine chess, we will have more FIDE arbiters with the graduation of chess-loving people who attended the recent FIDE Arbiters Seminar in Subic from May 13 to 18.
Let's know them, too:
James G. Infiesto
Lito R. Abril
Carlos G. Florendo
Edmon Grey Prado
Augustus I. Portem
Wilfredo R. Neri
Ms. Ida Santos
Felix C. Poloyapoy Jr.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 6:15 PM
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A lean 25-member Philippine contingent will battle for supremacy in the 10th ASEAN+ Age Group Championships which is set to run from June 7-12 in Hue City, Vietnam.
I guess, the "+" sign means the participation of non-ASEAN countries in the event. Russia and Australia will send their bets to this tournament.
Know our young heroes:
Let's not repeat the mistake of disallowing parents/guardians to accompany their prized young chess jewels in an international competition like this.
They are still kids - especially those participating in the Open 8 and Open 10 - who need motherly or fatherly care.
Let's give them the comfort and support of a family to make them give their best.
Good luck, young Pinoys. Make the Philippines proud!!!
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 9:07 PM
I wanted to label this particular match as the “Game of the Day.”
NM Bagamasbad (2283) just beat GM Bong Villamayor (2474) in Round 1 of the ongoing 2nd Subic International Open.
NM Bagamasbad is the country’s No.59 highest-rated player while GM Villamayor, No.10.
It was indeed a very good start for Bagamasbad, only to vow to compatriot IM Rolando Nolte in the second round.
Villamayor, on the contrary, extracted a full point against junior player Jan Emmanuel Garcia (2292) in the same round.
Watch the full game below:
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 2:17 AM
Monday, May 25, 2009
GM Mark Paragua is leading the Filipino campaign in the ongoing 2nd Subic International Open with the absence of GM Wesley So, GM Eugene Torre and GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr.
Even GM John Paul Gomez took a time out after a grueling battle in the recently concluded 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship.
But still, this promises to be an exciting event with the participation of the newly crowned king of the 8th Asian Continental champion, GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar (2625) of India.
Well, we can’t blame the players who opted not to continue playing in the 2nd Subic Open from the 8th AI.
Perhaps, the main objective was to really get a slot among the Top 10 in the 8th AI to qualify for the World Chess Cup 2009.
GM Hou Yifan (2590) made it. So what’s the reason to stay?
GM Sasikiran Krishnan (2682) luckily made the cut at No.10. Ba-bye, too.
GM Antonio made the Philippines proud at No.6. Time to rest – and smile.
Am I missing somebody? Oh yes, of course. You know who.
Cheer up, boy. There’s time for every thing. Come back stronger and make us happy and proud again.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 7:05 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Top 10 finishers (Tota of 74 players)
See the complete list of final rankings HERE.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 9:27 PM
The country's nine Filipina participants in the Women's Section of the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship gallantly battled against their foreign counterparts , but only one made it to the upper half.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 9:07 PM
The recently concluded 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship saw the participation of the strongest lineup the Philippines could ever afford to send in an international tournament in the recent years.
Nine of the Top 10 Filipino players were there, composed of seven grandmasters and two international masters.
Had GM Joseph Sanchez played in the tournament, it could have been the complete Top 10 chess players of the country to see action in that tough – yes, tough – continental chess event.
Final Rankings of Filipino players:
6 GM Antonio Rogelio Jr 7.5
21 GM So Wesley 6.5
22 GM Torre Eugenio 6.5
34 GM Laylo Darwin 6.0
41 IM Bitoon Richard 5.5
47 IM Nolte Rolando 5.5
50 GM Villamayor Buenaventura 5.5
52 IM Dimakiling Oliver 5.0
53 GM Gonzales Jayson 5.0
55 IM Sadorra Julio Catalino 5.0
59 GM Gomez John Paul 5.0
60 Garma Edgardo 5.0
61 GM Paragua Mark 5.0
70 Garcia Jan Emmanuel 4.5
75 Causo Deniel 4.0
78 Pascua Haridas 4.0
79 IM Bancod Ronald 4.0
80 Olay Edgar Reggie 4.0
82 Elorta David 3.0
(Total of 85 players)
Complete list HERE (Final Rankings)
A total of 19 Filipino players displayed their chess powers against foreign counterparts, but only one – in the name of GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. – made it to the Top 10 finishers to qualify for the World Cup 2009.
Only one Philippine Flag was waved in the Top 20 ranking list – courtesy of GM Antonio.
In the end, the overall performance of the Philippine contingent in the event – as I see it – came a little short of high expectations.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 8:51 PM
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wanted: social scientist and psychologist! Or even psychiatrist?
The happenings are alarming. And they're real.
Believe it or not, Barangay Wesley (BW) is something worthy of attention and research by social scientists and psychologists. Or even by psychiatrist?
The spell of the 15-year old GM Wesley So is simply phenomenal.
Exaggeration? Nah, it's real.
BW citizens are bonding like real brothers - emotions attached. Curiously, their emotions are triggered by the fate of their Chairman.
They tend to become depressed - even war-freak - when the boy they are looking up to loses a game of chess.
They exult like innocent kids, the happiest on earth, when victory is at hand.
Interestingly, they have this thing called "tampuhan" - which could possibly be caused by a-not-so-good game result of their hero.
Indescribable charisma. Their hero affects their real lives.
Visit the barangay to believe.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 6:50 PM
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Prodigy vs prodigy – this would be the focus of attention in Round 10 of the ongoing 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship in Subic.
The beauty of this much-awaited battle lies in the persona behind the names.
One is a female wonder girl from China and the other is a wonder boy from the Philippines.
Both are among the youngest grandmasters in chess history. Yes, they are that exceptional since they are already part of history at their very young age.
The girl made it at the age of 14 years, six months and two days, the youngest ever female player to make it.
The boy made it at the age of 14 years, one month and 28 days.
The girl is the 11th youngest GM, while the boy, 7th. Ask numerologist the meaning of No.7.
But the girl seems to have the upper hand going into this stage of the tournament. After nine rounds of game, the girl is parading a performance rating of 2649 over the boy’s 2609.
Up to Round 9, the girl is performing better than the boy. In fact, the girl already has 6.5 points, higher than the boy’s 6.0.
A win for the girl in this round will reverberate an emphatic message to the global chess community – that of a female’s real ascendancy in the competitive world of chess.
But a loss for the boy could mean the death of a nation.
Let’s get ready to rumble. It will be GM Hou Yifan vs GM Wesley So in Round 10.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 9:49 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
In any sport, sportsmanship is a gesture of humility and peace.
That virtue separates the good from a fool.
Insulting an opponent whom you are defeating right in front of you equates to sadism.
It is a common perception that chess is a simple, non-violent mind sport. I disagree.
Chess can be more than a physical sport – at times even more brutal and painful than the Roman gladiators’ game of death.
It’s because the pain from losing cuts across the mind, body and soul.
The pain gets more painful when rudeness comes into play. It’s like thrusting a spear to an already dying body.
In chess, a handshake for a won game would be enough.
But oh, please, don’t make a wrong move – say a pure blunder of sacrificing a Rook – when you already knew that your opponent’s clock time has flagged down.
Especially when the arena is an international one – let’s say an Asian international chess championship.
That arrogant action over-the-board is uncalled for – a shame. Yes, a wrong move indeed.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 9:56 PM
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Looking at performance ratings could somehow help us assess as to whether a certain chess player performs well or not in a particular chess event.
So let's peek on the performance ratings of our Filipina warriors who are campaigning in the ongoing 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship.
FIDE Rating: 2166
Performance Rating: 2224
Starting Rank: 28
Rank after Round 7: 27
FIDE Rating: 2143
Performance Rating: 2204
Starting Rank: 34
Rank after Round 7: 28
FIDE Rating: 2054
Performance Rating: 2039
Starting Rank: 38
Rank after Round 7: 33
FIDE Rating: 2041
Performance Rating: 2090
Starting Rank: 40
Rank after Round 7: 37
FIDE Rating: 1999
Performance Rating: 1839
Starting Rank: 43
Rank after Round 7: 39
FIDE Rating: 2045
Performance Rating: 1898
Starting Rank: 39
Rank after Round 7: 40
FIDE Rating: 2040
Performance Rating: 2040
Starting Rank: 41
Rank after Round 7: 42
FIDE Rating: 2184
Performance Rating: 1994
Starting Rank: 27
Rank after Round 7: 43
FIDE Rating: 0
Performance Rating: 1878
Starting Rank: 45
Rank after Round 7: 44
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Monday, May 18, 2009
I am posting here the video of the game between pulsar and spawn2, two citizens of Barangay Wesley who, along with other BW citizens, met at the Greenhouse Grill in Quezon City last May 9 in the name of fun, friendship, and brotherhood.
The game was a 3:3 blitz. The player with White was pulsar, and Black, spawn2.
To those who still don’t know Barangay Wesley, please click here.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 6:35 PM
Sunday, May 17, 2009
After Round 5 of the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship, our lady chess players continue to struggle against their foreign counterparts.
Here's how our Filipina players are faring through Round 5:
Sherily Cua - the lady in red - is shown here in deep thought against Ali Branzuela (2203) during the recently concluded 2nd SK Bangkal Non-Master Active Chess.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 9:30 PM
Looking at the ranking list after Round 4 in the Women's Category of the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship would pinch your heart.
Our ladies - yes, the Filipinas - are being battered by visitors right here in our homeland.
Of the 10 tailenders after four rounds of play, five of them are our prized women combatants.
Too much of a hospitality.
This is not rubbing salt into a bleeding wound. Rather, this is a wake-up call to all of us who love Philippine chess.
It's the NCFP that says "Make the right move!"
A very strong statement, indeed. I just doubt as to whom they address that statement.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 12:33 AM
Thursday, May 14, 2009
American King James Version
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
One is (No.48 seed) IM Julio Catalino Sadorra (2451) who beat a much higher-rated opponent in the name of (No.4 seed) GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas (2626).
A good start indeed for IM Sadorra. Continuing his winning ways in this tournament will bring him closer to his GM title quest.
Practicing with GM Wesley So really translates to improvement. I think Sadorra benefited much from his regular training with GM So.
The other excellent performer (in my opinion) is WFM Chardine Cheradee Camacho who was able to halve a point against WGM Huang Qian of China.
Seeded No.28 and with a rating of 2166, Camacho held to a draw her Chinese opponent who is seeded No.5 and boasting a rating of 2410. Notably, Camacho did it using the Black pieces.
No Filipina was able to score a full point in Round 1.
To all the Filipino participants, fight, fight, fight!!!
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 7:17 PM
A reader of this blog asked: "Saan ba exact address ng Barangay Wesley?"
The question really made me smile, something that lightened up my morning. The question was a comment on my previous post about the Barangay Wesley Mini-Tournament.
Perhaps, he wanted to meet and be with the citizens of the Barangay.
Or maybe, he wishes to meet in person the "pogi" boys of the Barangay (hehehe).
Well, please read my old post about the Barangay. But don't blame me if you get addicted to the brotherhood there.
Welcome to Barangay Wesley! CLICK HERE
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 6:37 PM
At last, the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) provides a live feed of select games in the ongoing Asian Continental Chess Championship.
Here’s the link: CLICK HERE
Although only the top 5 boards are being featured, it’s already a very good initiative by the NCFP.
Good work, NCFP. You certainly fills the hunger of chess fans for viewing live games of our local chess stars.
May you continue making the right moves!!
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 2:40 AM
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 9:00 PM
Isn’t the Asian Continental Chess Champion supposed to begin today (May 13, 2009) at 3:00pm in Subic?
I aired this question since I’ve been groping in the dark on where to find game pairings for Round 1.
Or perhaps, I’m just this stupid who’s not resourceful enough to find out where to go?
Ideally and by all logic, all the basic, the most updated, and the most detailed information about the event should emanate from the official website of the organizers.
Remember that this event is international – that is, not only the reputation of the organizers but more importantly the character of entire Philippine chess is at stake here.
The Philippines is the venue, oh please don’t forget it.
Remember that based on the chessdom.com’s list of participants, foreign players will come from different nations such as China, India, Kazakhstan, Iran, Vietnam, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Korea, Bangladesh, Mongolia, UAE, Indonesia, and Malaysia. At least, chess fans from these countries will be monitoring this event.
The official website of the main organizers of the tournament is the face of the Philippine chess.
And what kind of a face are we projecting to the whole world with just the dates, venue, and rules and regulations, and such information that we could offer?
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 8:44 PM
Monday, May 11, 2009
Mrs. Leny So, the highly supportive mother of GM Wesley So, sent me some pictures of his prized son during his short stint at the China Chess League.
Thank you very much for the pictures, Ma'am Leny!!
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 8:11 PM
Mayor Trinidad reiterated his support for Paulo in the coming ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championships to be held at Hue, Vietnam this coming June 6, 2009. The Bersamina family wishes to thank Mayor Trinidad, Vice-Mayor Tony Calixto, Councilor Onie Bayona and Pasay City Administrator Atty Ernestina Carbajal.
Paulo Bersamina with Pasay City Mayor Wenceslao Trinidad
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 8:00 PM
If there’s a word to describe that scene, the word would certainly be “magical.”
It’s as if a wizard came with a magic wand that day, waved it in the air, and enchanted all of us. Yes, I was there. And I was among the enchanted.
Who would believe that a group of individuals, from different places and status in life, would converge to play like kids with full freedom and like long-lost brothers?
That was the first time they met, yet they bonded as if they’ve been there long before. The smiles were sweet, the gazes pure.
The aura was simply perfect. They’re like kids who only think of playing games. They’re like kids who are pure in heart, playing with all the freedom and zest in the world.
Oh yes, they’re like brothers.
Indeed, the inner beauty of humanity and brotherhood lies within innocent hearts and pure intentions.
I hope that this brotherhood continue to get stronger and bring out the playful and innocent kids in all of us.
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to those who made the Barangay Wesley Kita-Kits and Mini-Tournament a wonderful experience: kapmigz, obientag, nanobrain, pulsar, spawn2, knyt4k, jpsacristan, epistle, r7788, and angel.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 2:00 AM
Just to make things straight, this blog is not owned by Mr. Bersamina.
This blog is being administered by Rusticbull. Rusticbull is not Mr. Bersamina. Rusticbull and Mr. Bersamina are friends.
This blog is aimed at helping fostering chess developments in the country. Never has this blog had the intention of making intrigues whatsoever.
This is an act of volunteerism.
Sadly, the name of Mr. Bersamina, my friend, was pinned down this morning by one reader today.
Also, the name of certain Mr. Ricky Navalta was put to bad light, too.
Names were named and dragged today, which saddened this blogger.
As much as possible, this blog solicits freedom of expression. However, this blog also calls for humanity and reason.
As such, comments from readers from now on will be moderated. This is to take care of the names of people who might be affected by comments that do not have the pure intention of fostering chess and humanity.
But as a commitment, this blog has all the freedom in the world to praise the good deeds and criticize the wrong doings. That’s my freedom. And nobody can take that away from me.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 1:57 AM
Sunday, May 10, 2009
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Somebody, who named himself as Mr. Ricky Navalta, phoned this blogger this morning and clarified that GM Eugene Torre was “not tapped to oversee the establishment of the National Chess Academy (NCA).”
According to him, Bro. Rolly Dizon and Mr. Bong Belen are the ones who are running the show.
And it is GM Bong Villamayor who has been tapped as the NCA National Training Director.
OK. Those are the data he dictated over the phone.
Notably, he requested that I, as a chess blog administrator, should moderate the comments of readers to get rid of profane words such as “putang ina.” Well, that’s a good comment.
As his parting words, he said that since the Philippines now has a national chess academy, they will now monitor chess blogs like this one to correct errors in reporting.
Well, good luck. I just hope that he really understood what he said.
Just a word of advice. NCA people should not adopt a censhorship-attitude to chess blogs. That’s dangerous, if you know what I mean.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 6:44 PM
Thursday, May 7, 2009
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Impressive indeed. It's well funded (in fact a very rich tournament for a barangay tournament) and well organized.
Last year's tournament was won by Malibay Chess Club's Merben Roque. And if my memory serves me right, it was Pasay City's Paulo Bersamina who took the title in the Kiddies Division.
I'll visit the venue this Saturday.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 1:29 AM
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Did you know Su Weili?
Hmmnnn, sounds familiar. I just found this name a little amusing when I used Babelfish.
So when GM Wesley So lost his Round 1 game in the ongoing China Chess League, the disappointment somehow subsided upon seeing this Su Weili.
Find it out, guys. Haha.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 9:53 PM
Well, his name fits him. David "the small" killed Goliath "the giant" with a stone throw.
I was informed that this player regularly beats well-known Filipino IMs and GMs in his lair in Guada (Makati City) in blitz games.
OK, blitz. But what about standard games?
I was able to peek on his game of standard chess only last year during the 3rd PGMA Cup.
Here's one of his games in that tournament:
I believe that our streets have a lot of the so-called GM-Killers. They are just out there waiting to strike anytime.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 8:55 PM
Monday, May 4, 2009
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Thirty players out of 186 made it to the next qualifying round for the NCR Regional Eliminations in preparation for the upcoming Asian Indoors.
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Sunday, May 3, 2009
It’s in all the newspapers.
Pacquiao – the best pound-for-pound fighter. All headlines in screaming fashion. Simply phenomenal.
It’s no longer an admiration. It’s more becoming of a fanaticism.
Now I dream of a day when all the media do the same accolade. But not about Pacquio or boxing.
I dream of a day when all the newspapers carry a headline about Philippine chess, just something like this: “GM Wesley So is World Champ!!”
To be the world’s best. A Filipino has already done it – in boxing. I don’t see any reason whey we can’t do it in chess, too.
Am I dreaming a dream?
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 8:51 PM