Monday, August 31, 2009


( Players in action during the Kadayawan Open held over the week-end at the 5th floor of Gaisano Ilustre. )

Jerwel Andoy showed great promise by ruling the Kadayawan Open in great fashion, sweeping all his games to emerged solo winner at 7 pts. He won P 5,000.00 + trophy for his feat. Three players scored 6.5 pts namely Eric Fernandez of Tagum City, NM Cedric Magno of Panabo City and Vincent Umayan of Davao City. They emerged as 1st runner-up, 2nd runner-up and 3rd runner-up, respectively, after applying the tie-break and divided among themselves the total prize of P 4,750.00. Six players scored 6 pts but Reynaldo Quiñonez emerged as the 4th runner-up due to superior tie break.

Meanwhile Anthony Mosqueda of Metro Toril Chess Club emerged as the tournament's sensation by registering upset wins over 2nd seed NM Elwin Retanal of Malita and 3rd seed US Master Peter Tidoy. He drew his last round against Nofre Reyes to finish with 5.5 pts. His only loss was a default in the 4th round after arriving late. l

As for me, I had a good result scoring 5.5 pts and landing 22nd among the more than 300 participants. I will be featuring some of my games plus the sensational win of Anthony Mosqueda over NM Retanal during my next post. Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the pictures.

( The lone streamer in the tournament site )

( The technical/arbiter's committee headed by NM Bebot Cruz and Alfred Moulic )

( Me against good friend Atty. Bernie Cataluña playing blitz while waiting for the announcement of pairings )

( Atty. Cullo's 2 sons in action. Marc, 12 yrs. old and Drex, 9 yrs. old )

( Players milling around to look for the latest pairings )

[NM Erwin Retanal(with red t-shirt and hat) pondering his next move against Anthony Mosqueda ].

( Top seed N.M Alex Lupian ( w/ hat ) in deep concentration against a young opponent ).

( Top Executive- Atty. Melzar Galicia )

Final Ranking

Name Rtg FED Pts BH.

ANDOY Jerwel 1992 DVO 7 32 - Champion
FERNANDEZ Eric 2085 TAGUM 6½ 34 - 1st Runner-up
NM MAGNO Cedric 2060 PANABO 6½ 32 - 2nd Runner-up
UMAYAN Vincent 2024 DVO 6½ 31 - 3rd Runner-up
QUINONEZ Reynaldo 2086 DVO 6 33½ - 4th
ABA-A Reynaldo 0 DVO 6 31½ - 5th
NM RETANAL Elwin 2198 MALITA 6 31 - 6th
SINAGULA Jomong 0 DVO 6 28½ - 7th
ANABIEZA Clark Kent 1750 PANABO 6 27½ - 8th
GEVEROLA Danilo 1800 DVO 6 26½ - 9th
LOPEZ Henry 2144 PANABO 5½ 35 - 10th
REYES Nofre 2013 DVO 5½ 33½
CAPATAN Joe Art 1800 DVO 5½ 33 - BestCollege Player Jose Maria College
BULICATIN Jay 1951 DVO 5½ 32½
NM LUPIAN Alexander 2276 Sto. Tomas 5½ 32½
ATON Arnel 2091 DVO 5½ 32 - Best Employee
CANQUE Julius 1800 DVO 5½ 31½
MOSQUEDA Anthony 1700 DVO 5½ 30
QUINONEZ Arace 1963 DVO 5½ 29½
ARTIEDA Vic Michael 1832 Kidapawan 5½ 28
GALICIA Melzar Atty. 1900 DVO 5½ 28 - Best Executive
GUEVARRA Jong Atty. 1900 DVO 5½ 28
ANDOY Jester 1874 DVO 5½ 27½

Friday, August 21, 2009


The 1st CAISSA'S FATHER 1 day Team Tournament was held yesterday August 21, 2009 at my rest house in Eden, Bayabas, Toril, Davao City. 15 players were divided into five teams of three players each, namely:


1. Vincent Umayan
2. A.J Literatus
3. May Micayabs


1. Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr.
2. John Ray Batucan
3. Christopher Yap


1. Henry Fajardo
2. Alexander Jover
3. Adrian Llanos


1. Gary Rojo
2. Neptali Batucan
3. Lito Laput


1. Zaldy Tabanao
2. Engr. Jun Atmosfera
3. Nofre Reyes

The players were composed of Toril players and former UM varsity players Nofre Reyes, Vincent Umayan and Lito Laput. Another guest player was Zaldy Tabanao who was a former varsity player of Southwestern University of Cebu.

After the smoke of battle, Team Anand and Team Fischer tied for first with Team Anand declared as Champion having beaten Team Fischer in their own match. third place went to Team Topalov.

Final standing:

1. Team Anand - 7.0 pts.
2. Team Fischer - 7.0
3. Team Topalov - 6.5
4. Team Alekhine - 6.0
5. Team Capablanca- 3.5

Below are the pictures of the event.

( Playing blitz while waiting for lunch )

( Kainan na !! )

( Battle of the sexes over the 64 square board. Nofre Reyes vs. lone female player May Micayabas. In deep thought is Cris Yap wearing green t-shirt.

Friday, August 14, 2009


(Henry Fajardo vs. Dondon Ostaco during the 1st IM Micayabas Toril Chess Challenge)

This is part II of my miniature games series. The game was played during the 1st IM Marlo Micayabas Toril Chess Challenge. My opponent in this game is a resident chess hustler of the Toril Chess Club and played board 3 for our team in the Cong. Ungab Cup. Hope you enjoy the game.

[Site "Toril, Davao City, Philippines"]
[Date "2009.3.28"]
[Round "6th "]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "1835"]
[BlackELO "1790"]

Annotations by CAISSA'S FATHER


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6

5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O

This is the tabia cross-road position of the Ruy Lopez. The main continuation for White is 8. c3 whereby Black has the option of playing 8... d6 and continue along the positional main Ruy Lopez lines or play 8... d5!? the Marshall Gambit. White is ill advised to allow Black to play this gambit line unless he is familiar with the tons of theories that goes with it.

8. d4!?

I had a gut feeling that my opponent would be playing the Marshall and it would be suicidal on my part to allow him to unleash it. I have studied and played the
Marshall during the early 1990's as it was the favorite of my UM varsity teammates especially Nonoy Jabilles who was given a book of the Marshall Gambit by his aunt from the U.S which I was able to borrow for a while. However, it was almost 20 years ago and I could not recall the lines anymore.


But wait! I could still vaguely recall that there is a sacrifice in this line but with correct play Black would emerged a pawn down but with attacking chances. Now, what if Black does'nt know the correct response?

9. Bxf7+! Rxf7

9... Kxf7 10. Nxe5 transposes but White is certain of some advantage after
9... Kh8?! 10. Nxe5 c5!? 11. c3! d6 12. cd de 13. de Qxd1 14. Rxd1 Rxf7
15.ef Bxf6 16. e5 with slight advantage for White
( Tseshkovsky-Tseitlin, USSR 1978. )

10. Nxe5 Ne6?

After 10... Ne6?

My gamble paid off! Indeed Black does'nt know the line. Also bad is 10... Nc6? 11. Nxf7 Kxf7 12. e5 Ne8 13. Qd5+ Kf8 14. Re3!. According to GM John Nunn and Tim Harding in their Book " The Marshall Gambit ", the only move is 10... Rf8!? Play may continue with 11. Qxd4 c5! 12. Qd1 Bb7! 13. Nc3 Qc7 14. Ng4 Nxg4 with a balanced situation, 1/2 - 1/2 in 44 moves ( Rantanen- J. Pinter, Helsinki 1983). Incidentally, this is the same book that I borrowed from Nonoy Jabilles in the early 1990's.

11. Nxf7 Kxf7 12. e5! Ne8

If 12... Bb7 13. ef Bxf6 14. Nc3 with a winning advantage (Penrose- A.R.B Thomas,British Championships, 1961.)

13. Qf3+ Kg8 14.Qxa8 c6 15. a4 N8c7 16. Qb8 a5 17. Be3 b4 18. Bb6 Kf7

19. Nd2 d5 20. exd6 Bxd6 21. Nc4 1-0

Final position

Replay the game below.


A video of John Ray Batucan and other members of the RP Youth team in a group huddle and discussion with the RP team coach during the 2008 World Youth Chess Championships in Vietnam.

Friday, August 7, 2009

JOHN RAY BATUCAN - " Beating a US Star in the 2008 World Youth "

American Teens Abroad: Ray Leads in Norway; Ostrovskiy in Curacao

( USCF On-line August 6, 2009 )

14-year-old IM Ray Robson is one of the leaders at the Arctic Chess Challenge (Tromso, Norway, August 1-9).

Meanwhile at the Curacao Chess Festival another one of our young talents, Aleksandr Ostrovskiy earned clear second place. Normally the annual Curacao tourney attracts many GMs, but this year the highest rated player was a 2261 FM, Alexander Hernandez but the prize-fund was just as large. This made for a big payday for 13-year-old Aleksandr.

His father Anatoly , who also played and scored 4.5/9, told CLO, "This was our first time in the Caribbean and it was Alex's first non-scholastic tournament abroad. He got paid $1,230 in total ($1,000 for the second place, $200 for U2200, and $30 for 2nd-3rd place in the blitz (7/9). It is interesting to note that unlike in American tournaments it is possible to win more than one prize, as these class prizes are regarded as bonuses."

Aleks and Anatoly Ostrovskiy at the traditional beach party at the Curacao Chess Festival
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The above-stated feature was originally published in the United States Chess Federation (USCF) website last August 6, 2009. Of course, every chess fans worth his salt knew of IM Ray Robson who at this stage of his young chess career has been referred to as the next Bobby Fischer. He is the recipient of the 2009 and 2010 Samford Chess Scholarship award giving him enough dollars to finance his GM quest.

How about CM Aleksandr A. Ostrovskiy?. He is also one of the up and coming young chess talents of the United States and by the mere sound and spelling of his name I am sure that he is somehow a product of one of those former USSR chess crazy Republics. He was among the US representatives during the 2008 World Youth Chess Championships held at Vung Tau City, Vietnam. He played in the 12 and under category and was seeded 9th with a 2113 ELO rating. He did not perform well in the said tournament scoring only 5.5 pts. in 11 rounds. One of his losses was inflicted by our very own RP bet John Ray Batucan.

Batucan,John Ray-Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A (C87)
World Youth Chess Championship 2008 - Vung Tau City

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. 0-0 Bd7 6. c3 Nf6 7. Re1 Be7 8. h3 0-0 9. d4 Re8 10. Nbd2 Bf8 11. Nf1 exd4 12. Bc2 dxc3 13. bxc3 g6 14. Rb1 b6 15. Bb2 Bg7 16. Ng3 Ne5 17. Nxe5 dxe5 18. Qe2 Qe7 19. c4 Bc6 20. Qe3 Nd7 21. Ne2 Bf8 22. Nc3 Qf6 23. Nd5 Bxd5 24. cxd5 Bc5 25. Qg3 Rad8 26. Rf1 c6 27. Bb3 cxd5 28. Bxd5 b5 29. Bc1 Rb8 30. Bg5 Qg7 31. Bc6 f6 32. Qb3+ Kh8 33. Qd5 Red8 34. Bxd7 Ba3 35. Rb3 Rxd7 36. Bh6 Rxd5 37. Bxg7+ Kxg7 38. exd5 Bd6 39.Rc3 Rb7 40.Rfc1 Rb8 41. Rc8 Kf7 42. Rxb8 Bxb8 43. Rc8 Bd6 44. Rc6 Be7 45. Rxa6 h4 46. Rb6 h5 47. d6 Bd8 48. Rxb4 Ke6 49. Rb8 Ba5 50. Kf1 Kxd6 51. Ke2 h4 52. f3 Ke6 53. Rb5 Bc3 54. a4 Bd4 55. a5 Kd6 56. a6 Kc6 57. Rb7 f5 58. Rg7 e4 59. Rxg6+ Kc7 60. fxe4 fxe4 61. Rg4 Bf6 62. Rxe4 Kb8 63. Re6 Bg5 64. Rg6 Be7 65. Rg8+ Ka7 66. Rg7 Kxa6 67. Rxe7 Kb5 68. Re4 Kc5 69. Rxh4 Kc6 70. Re4 Kd5 71. Kd3 Kc5 72. h4 Kd5 73. h5 Kc5 74. h6 Kd5 75. h7 1-0