The 1st Robert " Bob " Bula Invitational Chess Challenge fired-off last October 16 and 18, 2009 at the Guevarra Law Office at De Guzman St., Toril, Davao City.
2008 Kadayawan Open champ Vincent Umayan racked-off four consecutive wins to grab the solo lead after 4 rounds of action. Umayan defeated Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. and 2008 ASEAN double gold medallist John Ray Batucan during the 1st day of action and followed it up with victories against Nofre Reyes and Henry Fajardo in the 2nd day of competition.
( Solo leader Vincent Umayan vs. CAISSA'S FATHER )
Umayan is chased by a pack of three pointers headed by the veteran Nofre Reyes. Also with three points are Toril junior upstarts Anthony Mosqueda and Adrian Llanos.
( Engr. Oca Barriga vs. Nofre Reyes )
The 5th and sixth round will be played on October 23 starting at 5:30 p.m at the Guevarra Law Office. The 7th round will be played on the next day on the same time and venue. The tournament is sponsored by Robert" Bob " Bula and supported by the Guevara Law Office, Chess Excellence ltd. Co. and CAISSA'S FATHER chess blog. The chmpion will receive P 5,000.00 + trophy, 2nd placer P 3,000 + trophy, 3rd placer P 2,000.00 + trophy, and 4th placer P 1,000.00 + medal.
Standing after 4 rounds
4.0 points - Vincent Umayan
3.0 " - Nofre reyes, Anthony Mosqueda, Adrian Llanos
2.0 " - Lito Laput, Ali Jover ( both w/ 1 game to play), Atty. Jong
Guevarra Jr. Austin Jacob Literatus, John Ray Batucan
1.0 " - Engr. Jun Atmosfera, Engr. Oscar Barriga, Henry Fajardo
0 " - Nestor Ngo ( w/ 2 games to play ), Neptali Batucan Jr.
( " Think like a Grandmaster " - Engr. Atmosfera pondering his move against Adrian Llanos. Llanos suffered his only loss in this game ).