Monday, May 25, 2009


Glenn Paclar (with blue t-shirt)together with MTCA Pres. Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. and officials of Brgy. Toril Poblacion during the awarding of prizes of the 1st Cong. Ungab Toril Team Championships held recently at Toril gym on the occasion of its fiesta celebration

Receiving the trophy and cash prize for 3rd place together with the other members of Team Kasparov

Playing board 1 for Team Kasparov against Henry Fajardo of Team Alekhine in the recently concluded 1st Cong. Ungab Cup

By: Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr.

Glenn Paclar is one of those Toril breed chess players who made a name for themselves in the Davao chess scene, first as an active tournament player and now as an avid chess supporter.

He was 11 years old when he begun showing interest in the royal game. He learn to play the game by simply watching his neighbors play and taking note of the moves of the various chess pieces. In 1982 he played his first tournament, the Toril Class B chess tournament where he won 3rd place next to Dante dela Cruz(second place)and Engr. Rudy Tambagan (Champion).

Some of his chess achievements are as follows:

46th Araw ng Davao (Youth) - Champion
1989 Toril Open - Champion
Dacoville Open - Champion ( 1980's )

He was also a member of the vaunted University of Mindanao (UM) varsity chess team in the year 1982 to 1983 while taking up Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in the said school.

His biggest chess achievement was a 7th place finish in the Far East Bank Region XI Chess championships in 1993 ahead of some of the leading chess players of the region where the top 10 qualified for the National finals in Manila. I could still vividly recall the said tournament where Glenn played a small kid in the 1st round. I advised him not to treat his kid opponent lightly as he was the reigning Kiddie champ of Davao City , but he just smiled at me and told me that there was nothing to worry. As the game unfold and to my horror, Glenn was thoroughly outplayed in the opening and was on the verged of losing. He was on pins and needles during the entire game which was one of those last to finish. Only his sheer tenacity and pride enable him to withstand the unslaught of his kid opponent. The game eventually lead to the end game where the kid was outplayed by his more experienced opponent. After the game, I had the last laugh as Glenn can only shake his head in disbelief. During the post- mortem, the kid informed Glenn that their game ( Sicilian Defense Schevenigen variation ) followed the recent Karpov-Kasparov world championship match and that Glenn played the opening badly. The small kid is no other than Oliver Dimakiling who is now an International Master with 2 Grandmaster Norms to boot. Oliver was only 13 years old at that time

Just recently he played Board 1 for Team Kasaparov which bagged 3rd place in the 1st Cong. Ungab Cup Toril Team Championships.

He is happpily married to the former Josie Cadavas. They have 4 children namely: Shehershane, Dale, Jaye and Andrade. He is now a successful businessman but from time to time, he could still play mean chess. Here is his win against the reigning ASEAN 12 and under Champion.

[ Event: 1st Cong. Ungab Cup Toril Team Chess Championships ]
[ Site: Guevarra Building, Toril, Davao City, Philippines ]
[Date "2008.10.03"]
[Round "10"]
[White "PACLAR, Glenn"]
[Black "BATUCAN, John Ray"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A05"]
[Annotator "Atmosfera and Reyes"]
With some notes from Caissa's Father

King's Indian Attack

1. Nf3!?

Glenn was known to be a an e4 player but decided not to test the French Defense of his youthful opponent. This game was played in the last round of the 1st Cong. Ungab Cup where Team Kasparov headed by Glenn Paclar was in dire need of points at it was in a neck to neck battle with Team Alekhine and Team Topalov for 2nd and 3rd place. This was also the first tournament for Glenn after a long hiatus thus he was still a bit rusty. He told me that the night before this game, he tried to prepare for the French Defense of John Ray Batucan but after studying his chessbook for almost an hour, he came to realized the daunting task of memorizing those lines and came to the conclusion to used the "Kunat variation" ala Torre to sidestep the prepared lines of his young opponent.

1... Nf6 2.g3 g6

3.Bg2 Bg7 4.O-O O-O

5.d3 d6 6. e4 e5

7.Nc3 h6 8. h3 Nc6

9.Be3 Be6 10.Kh2 Ne8

Black seems to be contented of just copying White's move. The last move varries with the idea of an early f5 push.

11. Nh4 Kh7 12. Qe1 f5

Deep Junior suggest 12... Nd4 13. Rc1 c6 14. f4 exf4 15. gxf4 Nc7 16. f5 Bd7 17.
Nf3 Nxf3+ 18. Rxf3 c5 19. fxg6+ with slight advantage for Black.

13. f4

Better is 13. exf5

13... Ne7 14.exf5 Nxf5

15.Nxf5 Bxf5 16. fxe5 Bxe5

17.d4 Bg7 18. g4 Bd7

( If 18... Bxc2 19. Rxf8 Bxf8 20. Qf2 and White wins )

19.Rxf8 Bxf8 20.Qf2 Bg7

( If 20... Qf6 21. Rf1 Qxf2 22. Rxf2 Bg7 23. Rf7 with advantage )

21. Bxb7?!

Best it seems is 21.g5 hxg5(if 21..h5 Qf7 )22.Ne4

21... Rb8 22. Be4

( If Bg2 Rxb2 23. Rf1 )

22... Nf6 23. Bd3 Bxg4?!

24. Rg1! Bh5 25. Ne2

{With the idea 26.Nf4}

25... d5 26. Nf4 Qd6

27. Kh1 Ne4 28. Qg2

( Also good is 28. Bxe4 dxe4 29. Nxh5 gxh5 30. Qf5+ Kh8 31. b3 )

28... Bxd4 29. Bxe4

(29. Nxd5!)

29... dxe4

(29... Bxe3 30. Nxd5 Bxg1 31. Qxg1 Rxb2 )

30. Qxe4 Bxe3 31. Qxe3 Qc6+

{ Here the position is now equal according to Deepjunior}

32. Kh2 Re8 33. Qg3

Jun Atmosfera suggested 33. Qd3 protecting the c2 pawn and threatening Nxh5

33... Qxc2+ 34. Rg2 Be2?

{Reyes suggested 34... Qf5 to maintain the balance. If 35.
Nxh5 Rf8 )

35. Nxg6 Qf5 36. Qxc7+ Kg8

37. Ne7+ Kf8 38. Nxf5

Replay the game using Caissa's Web PGN Viewer

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