Tuesday, April 26, 2011


( My daughter Florence Faith playing the white pieces vs. the
daughter of the owner of Blue Jazz Beach Resort located at IGACOS
in a recent tourney held in the said resort)

My two daughters are currently playing at the 2011 National Age Group Tourney hosted by Davao City for the 2nd consecutive time. My eldest, Caissa Jane is playing in the 12 and under category while the other, Florence Faith is playing in the 10 and under. I was not really exepecting the two to make a splash in the tourney as they are not really into serious chess. Last year, they had occasional chess lessons from my good friend Nofre Reyes but it was far and between. If I'm in the mood, I occasionally taught them some basic chess lessons but I have basically lost the patience to personally guide them so they are basically on their own. During the holy week, I had the occasion to sit with them for some chess sessions using the Chessmaster lecture of IM Josh Waidkins as reference. My two kids have contrasting styles. My eldest is more positional while the younger is more of an "atakador". Their play is still crude and may be categorized as a little above the beginners level.

My younger kid Florence Faith started with a win in the 1st round while my eldest, Caissa Jane lost. The following day, Florence was paired against the top player of Davao City to whom she had never beaten in the past. Below is their game that gave me joy and agony.

[Event "2011 Nat'l Age Group"]
[Site "Davao City"]
[Date "2011.4.26"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Florence Faith Guevarra"]
[Black "Lorraine Yngayo"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteELO "?"]
[BlackELO "?"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. h3 O-O

7. d3 h6 8. Be3 Bb6 9. d4 exd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Ba5

12. Be3? Bxc3 13. bxc3 Nxe4

By a simple combination Florence is already a pawn down. But the
position has a suttle trap that Black must avoid.

14. Bd3!

Tempting black to gore another pawn.

Nxc3 15. Qd2! Nd5 16. Bxh6!

I was never expecting this piece sacrifice from my daughter. This
piece sacrifice brought pride and joy to my heart.


Black underestimated the attack that would follow. Better is 16...Qf6
bolstering the defense of his kingside.

17. Qxh6 Nf6 18. Rfe1!

With the threat of 19. Re3 and 20. Rg3 mate. White's position is
already busted.

18...Re8 19. Rxe8+ Nxe8

White to play and mate in four.


Unfortunately for me and for my kid, I forgot to teach her this
simple mating pattern. What is ironic is that I taught my 2 kids
mating patterns that are more complicated than the current position
using the book " How to Beat Your Dad in Chess " by GM Murray
Chandler as reference. The correct sequence is 20. Bh7! Kh8
21. Bg6+ Kg8 22. Qh7+ Kf8 23. Qf7 mate.

20...Kf8 21. Qh6+ Ke7 22. Re1+ Kd7 23. Bf5+ Kc6 24. Be4+ Kd7

Florence is still winning as her opponent's king is stuck in the
middle while her other pieces are immobilized.

25. Bf5+?

25. Qf8! wins the game as the various mating threats can only be
parried with black losing materials.

25... Kc6 26.Qf4? Bxf5! 27. Qf3+?

White should have taken the bishop but in that case advantage would
have shifted to black as white is left with 1 less piece to continue
the attack.

27...d5 28. Qc3+ Kd7 29. Qe5 Be6! 30. c4 Qf6

Black has weathered the storm and is now 2 pieces up. White
resigned a few moves later. My kid was almost in tears narrating
to me the missed opportunity to score an upset. Anyway that is
life like chess, you win some you lose some.

Replay the game below

Saturday, April 16, 2011


(Metrolirot standing to have a better view of the screen in his
game against Epistle. On his left is Nofre Reyes pondering his
move against Doji ) Note: Due to the excitement and pressure, I
was somewhat nervous at the start of the game thus I was standing
from time to time.

This game was played during the 1st Philippine Internet Chess Team
match between Metro Toril Chess Club-Davao vs. BW-Manila held last
April 16, 2011 at chesscube.com. Before the start of the match I
had no idea who my opponent would be. The only thing I know is that
our team would be playing black in the 1st round.

( Epistle making his move vs. deadly in a friendly blitz game )

[Event "ChessCube Game"]
[Site "www.chesscube.com"]
[Date "2011.04.15"]
[Round "-"]
[White "epistle@chesscube.com"]
[Black "bw-metrolirot@chesscube.com"]
[ChessCube rating: 2012]
[ChessCube rating: 2043]
[Result "0-1"]
[Time "19:35:08"]
[TimeControl "1500+10"]


1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 g6 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 O-O 6. Be2 e5

7. d5 a5 8. O-O Na6 9. a3

More common is 9. Bg5 transposing to the Petrosian system.
Another try for white is 9. Ne1. The game Mahmud,S 2260 vs.
GM Torre, E, 2535 Hongkong zonals went 9. Ne1 Nc5 10. f3 Nh5
11. Nd3 b6 12. Be3 f5 13. exf5 gxf5 14. Qd2 Bd7 15. Rad1 Kh8
16.f4 Nxd3 17. Bxd3 Nxf4 18. Bxf4 exf4 19. Ne2 Qf6 with slight
advantage for black.

Nc5 10. Nd2 a4!

Locking the queen side making it more difficult for white to
commence his thematic queen side expansion.

11. f3 Nh5 12. b4 axb3 13. Nxb3 Nxb3 14. Qxb3 b6

At this point, the excitement and anxity generated by the match
has already settled down. I am now quite happy with my position
having solved my opening problems. My confidence was slowly
building up going towards the middle game.

15. Ra2 f5 16. f4?

This is a positional blunder which caused white's eventual downfall.
In the Kings Indian Black's main problem is his bad bishop at g7.
White's last move opens the dark square diagonal enabling black's
problem bishop to join the fray.

Nxf4 17. Bxf4 exf4 18. Rxf4 Bd4+ 19. Kh1 Qg5 20. Rf1 Qe3

21. Rc2 Bd7

Threatening 22... Ba4. I have now all the fun while my opponent
was probably squirming in his seat.

22. Qb4? Bc5 23. Nd1 Qxe4 24. Qd2 Rxa3 25. Bf3 Qd3

26. Qxd3 Rxd3 27. Re2 Re8 28. Rxe8+ Bxe8 29. g3 b5

30. cxb5 Bxb5 31. Be2

The most critical position of the game.


31...Bc4! I simply miss this tactical shot which would probably
caused white's immediate resignation as there is no defense to
Bxd5. If 32. Bf3 Rxf3! 33. Rxf3 Bxd5!

32. Bxb5! Rd4

I could not exchange rooks otherwise I would enter into an opposite
bishop ending which would have given white ample drawing changes
due to my backward pawn at c7.

33. Kg2 Rd2+ 34. Kh3 Kg7 35. Bc6 Re2 36. Rd1 g5 37. Rf1 Kf6

38. g4 f4 39. Bd7 Re5 40. Bc6

Better is 40. Bc4 as the white bishop has no future at c6.

Re3+ 41. Kg2 Ke5 42. Rf3 Re2+ 43. Kh1 Be3 44. Rh3?

The last blunder. 44.Rf1 is the only move to prolong the game
but black would still have a winning advantage.

44...Ke4! 45. Bd7? Re1+ 46. Kg2 Rg1# 0-1

Final position.

Replay the game below


( The Metro Toril Chess Club- Davao Team )

The date - April 16, 2011. I woke-up at around 5 a.m which i don't usually do except if i have a hearing in court. However, this day is not an ordinary day as it is the date of our much awaited goodwill internet match with BW-Manila, the 1st ever internet match in the history of Philippine chess. I was excited and anxious thinking of the impending chess battle. I went to my office at 9 a.m which was our team's pre-designated assembly area proudly wearing my team's uniform. At around 9:30 a.m we proceeded to 3G-D Net Cafe located at J. dela Cruz St., Toril, Davao City. The internet cafe had 12 computer units which we booked from 9 a.m up to 1 p.m for the match. I instructed our team members to log-in at chesscube.com and add-friend the handles provided by BW. Afterwards, i instructed them to proceed to Algeria room where the players would meet and to wait for the challenge of the BW players who would play white in the 1st round . The BW team have not yet log-in. My excitement and anxity have yet to subside as 2 of our players have yet to arrived while another discovered that he has yet to reach level 3 at chesscube thus cannot enter the Algeria room. We instructed him to play the additional games required and to resign early in the games to save on time.

( The Barangay Wesley (BW)- Manila Team )

At past 10 a.m I received a call from sugardom, " Sir, icha-challenge na po ni Paulo Bersamina si Austinjacob. Paki-accept ng challenge then umpisa na po ng match". Thereafter the challenge of Paulo Bersamina appeared in the computer screen of AJ Literatus. AJ accepted the challenge officially starting the match. I was still in a predicament whether to play as i was the only one who has direct contact with sugardom and some players have yet to be paired. Fortunately, Allan Dinglasan arrived direct from the Davao International Airport where he had a flight from Ilo-ilo. He volunteered to take care of the matching of the other players as he had direct contact with sugardom and wordfunph. Our 2 players had also arrived thereby completing our team. It turned-out that one of our players Chris Yap who is the Manager of One Network Bank-Toril branch experienced dizziness in the moring after wake-up and had to drop by in a hospital where his blood sample was taken for some examination. I joked him that the blood sample would proved that he was not taking performance enhancing drugs for the match. At last I could now settle and concentrate on my game with epistle. .

( Metro Toril Chess Club- Davao team at 3G-G Net Cafe)

( The BW- Manila team at Robinsons internet cafe, Imus, Cavite )

The honor of scoring the first point of the match went to Doji who beat Nofre Reyes (docryan). It was followed by BW's wordfuph (fischer22) who prevailed over Jimmy Dano(caissa-dan). Afterwards it was the turn of the lower boards of Toril to deliver the much needed points. FM elect Austin Jacob Literatus had an upset win in board 1 over FM Paulo Bersamina while I also won my game against epistle. The 1st round ended with a score of 8-4 in favor of Toril.

(Metrolirot standing to have a better view of the screen in his game against Epistle. On his left is Nofre Reyes pondering his move against Doji )

( BW members in deep thought while the match was on-going)

Round 1 FINAL OFFICIAL Results:
Board Pairings
Round 1 on 2011/04/16 at 1030 hr
Bo. Barangay Wesley Vs Metro Toril-Davao >>> 4:8

1. paubersa : austin jacob : 0-1
2. aguilito : santos26 : 1-0
3. wordfuph (fischer22) : caissa-dan : 1-0
4. Doji : docryan : 1-0
5. Tresmaster : finalfantasy : 0-1
6. rusticbull : moulicule : 0-1
7. kidsgambit : napsparov : 0-1
8. pinoymaster77 Vs chesswonder : 0-1
9. bw-sugardom (deadly) : chesscopas : 1-0
10. epistle : bw-metrolirot : 0-1
11. daricastro : chriswhiz : 0-1
12. sugardom (angelofdeath) : onepeace : 0-1

( Metrolirot with Allan Danglisan who was a big help for the match )

Round 2 FINAL OFFICIAL Results:
Board Pairings
Round 2 on 2011/04/16 at 1145 hr
Bo. Metro Toril-Davao Vs Barangay Wesley Vs >>> 8 : 4

1. austin jacob : paubersa : 0-1
2. santos26 : aguilito : 1/2
3. caissa-dan : wordfuph(fischer22): 1-0
4. docryan : Doji : 1/2
5. finalfantasy : Tresmaster : 1-0
6. moulicule : rusticbull : 1/2
7. napsparov : kidsgambit : 1-0
8. chesswonder : pinoymaster77 : 1-0
9. chesscopas : bw-sugardom (deadly) : 1/2
10. bw-metrolirot : epistle : 1/2
11. chriswhiz : daricastro : 1/2
12. onepeace : sugardom (angelofdeath) : 1-0

The 2nd round was the same story as the lower boards of Toril once again delivered. FM Bersamina extracted revenge in his board 1 battle against AJ Literatus. The rest of the game ended in a draw. Engr. Jun Atmosfera played in the 2nd round for Toril using the bw-metrolirot handle. He had a winning attack against his opponent but his opponent got disconnected. It was agreed that the game be resumed under a lower time control but due to time constraint considering that it was already past 1 p.m the game was temporarily scored a draw pending its resumption. The second round ended with a score of 8-4 in favor of Toril. Over-all, Toril won the match 16-8.

( Toril board 1 player FM elect Austin Jacob LIteratus )

Our team then proceeded to take our lunch in my house. Everybody was in a jovial mood considering the result. We proceeded to my rest house at Eden, Toril for a small celebration and for some blitz games. I went back to my house past 9 p.m tired but very happy at the turn of events. Thus ended my day. Hats- off to BW for making the affair possible and a truly memorable one.

( Kainan time !! )

Thursday, April 14, 2011


The Future of Philippine Chess. Members of the RP contingent to the 2009 ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships in Vietnam. Front row: Sheider Nebato, Paolo Kristobal, John Alcon Datu. Back row: Tristan Ibaoc, Vince Medina, Austin Jacob Literatus, Paulo Bersamina., Cherry Ann Mejia, Ma. Ysabelle Joyce Semillano, and Bernadette Galas.
(Photo first posted at Malibay ChessClub Blog)

It would be a battle of chess prodigies as back to back ASEAN Age Group champion FM Austin Jacob Literatus banners the Metro Toril Chess Club- Davao as it battles the FM Paulo Bersamina led Barangay Wesley (BW)in the 1st Philippine Internet Match set on April 16, 2011 at 10 a.m. Games can be seen live at chesscube.com.

Literatus is the 2009 ASEAN Age Group champion- 12 and under category and the 2010 champion- 14 and under. FM Paulo Bersamina on the other hand is the 2010 Nat'l Junior champ and the 2010 ASEAN age-group champ- 12 and under category. Bersamina is also fresh from a successful campaign in Russia and played board 1 in one of the teams that participated in the recent Inter-Province team tourney.

( Caissa's Father with 2010 Nat'l Age- Group boys 14 and under champ
Austin Jacob Literatus and Toril players Erwin Tubog, Adrian Llanos,
Anthony Mosqueda, and Neptali Batucan III )

FM Austin Jacob Literatus is also the youngest Male Athlete of the Year awardee in the history of the annual So Kim Cheng Sports Awards given to the best performing athletes of Davao City. He won the award in the year 2009 when he was still 12 years old. Literatus bagged one individual gold medal, three team silvers and one individual bronze in the 2009 Asean Age-Group Chess Championships in Hue City, Vietnam making him the overwhelming choice for the prestigious award in that year.

Let us watch a sample of Literatus game which was played in the 2009 Vietnam age-group competition.

[Event "OPEN 12"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.06.08"]
[Round "3.8"]
[White "Ta, Minh Hoang"]
[Black "Literatus, Austin Jacob"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E81"]
[PlyCount "60"]
[EventDate "2009.06.07"]

Annotated by Caissa's Father


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5!

According to 2001 British Champion GM Joe Gallagher in his book " Starting Out: The King's Indian ", the move 6... c5 has dented the Samisch's popularity somewhat in recent times. The pawn sacrifice is hardly ever accepted by White anymore. because of this 6.Be3 is no longer automatically considered as the best move. Nowadays white plays 6.Bg5 and 6.Nge2 almost as often. An example of this line was played in Kramnik vs. Shirov, Bundesliga 1992 which goes 7 dxc5 dxc5 8 Qxd8 Rxd8 9 Bxc5 Nc6 10 Ba3 a5 11 Rd1 Be6 12 Nd5 Nb4 13 Nxe7+ Kh8 14 Rxd8 Rxd8 15 Nd5 Nc2+ 16 Kd2 Nxa3 17bxa3b5! 18 Nh3 Draw agreed.

7. Nge2 Nc6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Ng3 e6 10. Qd2 exd5 11. cxd5

The game has now transformed into the Modern Benoni Defense.

11... h5!

Chasing the knight and disrupting the coordination of White's pieces. This move is also useful to free the h7 square for the Black knight to enable him to launch the freeing move f5.

12. h4 a6 13. Be2?

A positional blunder that clearly showed White's unfamiliarity with the line. 13. a4 is automatic as White should prevent 13... b5 and Black's succeeding queenside expansion in the Modern Benoni Defense.

13.. b5!

Of course!!

14. Bg5 Qb6 15. Be3 b4 16. Nd1 a5 17. Nf2 Ba6 18. Rc1 a4

19. O-O Bxe2 20. Nxe2 Qb5 21. Rfd1 Rfb8 22. Bf4 Nfd7

23. b3 axb3 24. axb3 Ra3!

This move and the succeeding moves showcase Austin Jacob's matured play and fine technique in utilizing his positional advantage. Watch how he strangled his Vietnamese opponent into submission.

25. Rb1 Rba8 26. Nc1 Qb6 27. Nfd3 Nxd3

28. Qxd3 c4+! 29. Qe3 Qxe3+ 30. Bxe3 c3!

A beautiful finish. White was simply outplayed in all phases of the game.

White resigns. 0-1

Replay the game below.

Friday, April 8, 2011


NM Joe Pascual

Jose L. Pascual is a National Master and three times Philippine champion (1952-53, 1955-57, 1959-64 ). He was privileged to play against the great Bobby Fisher in an exhibition game in Davao City when Bobby came to visit the Philippines in 1968. Below is NM Joe Pascual's personal note on the said memorable game as published in the 1975 Davao Chess Journal which was lend to me by Engr. Jun Atmosfera.

My memorable game with Bobby Fischer
by NM Jose L. Pascual

When the great Bobby Fischer came to visit the Philippines in 1968, he was then a Grandmaster, he came to Davao City for a three- day stay as a guest of the chessplaying Dacudao family headed by Dr. Elias Dacudao. Fisher was accompanied by our country's foremost promoter of the chess game, Dr. Florencio Campomanes, Smatsky to his chess friends.

We were privileged to play with the great Fischer an exhibion game as a former national champion and the only national master in Davao. The site of our game was the gymnasium of the University of Mindanao which was literally filled to the rafters with local chess afficionados and enthusiasts.

We remember that we were quite busy that memorable day as we had to set up the stage for our game, set up a giant board for our spectators and issue press releases for the event. When the time for our game came, we shook hands with Bobby as Smatsky or Campomanes informed me that FIscher would play the White pieces and that our game would only be a two-hour game. That is, one hour for each player and we have to finish the game in two hours. Of course, we could do nothing but accept the conditions as we really did not expect to win the game but were already contented for the privilege given us to play with the great Fischer.

Following is the record of that game which became memorable when Bobby included it in his book entitled " My 60 Most Memorable Games .........................

[Event "Exhibition Game"]
[Site "UM Gymnasium, Davao City"]
[Date "1968.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "GM Bobby Fisher"]
[Black "NM Joe Pascual"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "?"]
[BlackELO "?"]


With personal notes fron NM Joe Pascual

(Additional inputs from Caissa's Father. The moves were originally written in the descriptive notation which I translated to the algebraic notation for convenience)

1. e4

We really expected this first move of Fischer. We could not respond with our favorite 1...e5 to avoid a Ruy Lopez game which we heard is favorable to White. And so, although we were not well versed with the Sicilian Defense as it was the popular response to 1.e4 at that time, we decided to essay it against Fischer move as a psychological reply than a desire to equalize or win.

c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 e6

7. Be3 Be7 8.Qe2 a6 9. O-O-O Qc7

(CF: This is the starting position of the Sozin Velimirovic Attack,
one of Fischer's favorite line gainst the Sicilian Defense.)

10. Bb3 Bd7?!

(CF: Better is 10... Na5 or 10...0-0 as the d7 square is
reserved for Black's knight at f6 after the eventual g5
pawn push from White. After 10...0-0 (by transposition),
the game Fischer vs. B. Larsen, rd. 9, Palma de Mallorca
interzonal 1970 continued 11. g4 Nd7 12. h4 Nc5 13. g5 b5
14. f3 Bd7! with slight advantage for Black. Larsen went
on to win in 52 moves.)

11. g4 Nxd4 12. Bxd4

With the pawn onslaught launched by White with 11.g4, we knew
that we had to give up Castling in either side as Castling in
the Q-side would only cram our position after White's g pawn
advance to the 5th rank and at the same time prevent us from
launching a counter-attack on the Queen side. So, perhaps, more
for psychology than anything else, we launched a counter-attack.


Here, retreating the Bishop would lose a pawn and so Fischer decided
to counter with his text move. It took Fischer quite some time to
make this move. Relatively, of course.

13. g5

( CF: Actually, retreating the Bishop to e3 is a much better move.
Then if 13...Bxg4 14.Nd5! )

13...exd4 14. gxf6 dxc3 15. fxe7 cxb2+ 16. Kb1?!

(CF: A slight inaccuracy. The imediate capture of the b pawn is
better because if Black had initiated the exchange of pieces,
White would have to capture the b pawn sooner or later thereby
losing a tempo.)


This spelled my doom. Much better was not to recapture immediately.
This move exposed my King which the great Fischer exploited
magnificently with a devastating attack. Without recapturing the
pawn immediately but instead try to simplify with 16...Be6 perhaps,
Fischer might have offered a draw as we were a pawn up with the
game leading to the end-game.

17. Qh5 g6 18. Qh4+ f6 19. e5!

( CF: A pawn sacrifice to open- up Black's uncastled position. The
rest of the game is a model example of how to conduct an attack
against an uncastled King.)

19...dxe5 20. f4! e4 21. Qh6 Rae8 22. Rd4 Kd8 23. Rhd1 Kc8

24. Rxd7 Qxd7 25. Rxd7 Kxd7 26. Qg7+ Kd6 27.Qxb7 e3 28.Qb6+ 1-0

Final position

Enough's enough! We cried after bewailing our 16th move.

After that move, the rest was easy for Fischer as they say. We
did not really take our loss so deeply as we not only expected
to lose but were quite satisfied to have given a good fight with
our Sicilian Defense. We were quite taking it easy during the whole
game while Fisher stood rooted to his seat. We stood up about four
times during the whole game to glance at the giant demonstration
board and scrutinize the spectators, grandstander that we are. We
consumed 15 minutes to Fischer's 45.

A memorable game and day indeed!

Replay the game below.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


GM Eugene Torre )

GM Eugene Torre is back. The Philippines Chess living legend halved the point with GM Dao Thien Hai of Vietnam in the 9th and final round to emerged joint 2nd at the end of the 1st Telin Chess International Tournament 2011 held in Indonesia from April 1-7, 2011. Torre, Asia's first grandmaster finished the tournament with 7 points punctuated by wins against eventual champion GM Cerdas Barus of Indonesia and GM Zhang Zhong of Singapore.

In other 9th round result, GM Cerdas Barus won against IM Sadikin Irwanto to emerged solo champion with 7.5 points. GM Merab Gagunashvili beat IM Chirta Chandra Purnama while IM Liu Dede upset GM Dibyendu Barua of India to join the 7 pointers group. Torre emerged in 4th place after the application of tie-breaks.

GM Torre is the lone Philipine representative in this tourney. His participation was particularly requested by the Indonesian Chess Federation because of his stature and fame as a chess player in that country. GM Torre is also a close friend of GM Utut Adianto who became a Senator of Indonesia and is one of the ranking official of the Indonesian Chess Federation.


1.GM BARUS CERDAS INA 2443 7.5 52.0 48.0 44.0
2 GM GAGUNASHVILI MERAB GEO 2599 7.0 53.5 49.5 44.0
3 GM DAO THIEN HAI VIE 2507 7.0 53.0 49.5 44.5
4 GM TORRE EUGENIO PHI 2495 7.0 51.5 48.5 45.0
5 IM LIU DEDE INA 2418 7.0 51.5 47.5 42.5
6 GM ZHANG ZHONG SIN 2592 6.5 52.5 49.0 44.5
7 IM IRWANTO SADIKIN INA 2417 6.5 52.0 48.5 44.5
8 FM WAHONO AWAM INA 2372 6.5 50.5 46.5 42.0
9 IM HALAY TAUFIK INA 2346 6.5 49.5 46.0 41.0
10 GM MEGARANTO SUSANTO INA 2533 6.5 49.0 45.5 41.5

Fur further details of the tourney, just click


Wednesday, April 6, 2011


The Barangay Wesley ( BW ) team

The stage is set for the 1st ever internet chess match between Metro Toril Chess Club-Davao and Barangay Wesley (BW)-Manila scheduled on April 16,2011 at 10 a.m. The historic event which will be the first in its kind in Philippine chess history will feature two of the country's most active chess clubs doing battle not on a traditional chess board but rather on an internet site " Chesscube.com" miles apart.

The BW Manila team, sponsored by ODP Office Needs will play at one of Robinson's internet cafe located at Imus, Cavite while the Metro Toril Chess Club-Davao, sponsored by Guevarra Law Office and D.N Guevarra Architectural Designs will play at one of the internet cafe in Toril, Davao City.

The games can be seen live at chesscube.com with live blogging at FaceBook group " Pinoy Chess Addicts, Unlimited " and also at Chessgames.com GM Wesley So page.



The Barangay Wesley (BW) is a Pinoy internet based chess club composed of GM Wesley So admirers with more than 200 members all over the world. The club's main base is chessgames.com GM Wesley So page. Their members include NM Glen Bordonada, FM Paulo Bersamina and U.S based chess olympian "Iskubadayb". Most of the members are only known by their user name. The club's president is "Wordfunph" while the acknowledged supremo is "Sugardom". Some of their recent activities where the holding of the GM Wesley So vs. GM John Paul Gomez active chess match and the chess match against the Don Galo chess club. It is also instrumental in the establishment of the GM Wesley SO website ably administed by "Koyodenzo".


(From left: Djobskijamiro,Spartan1998, Nanobrain, Wordfunph, spawn2 & others )

1. Pulsar - 2100
2. Spartan1998 ( FM Paulo bersamina ) - 2100
3. Nanobrain -2000
4. Doji - 2000
5. Kidsgambit - 1950
6. CokeAgent - 1950
7. Kardopov - 1800
8. Sugardom -1800
9. Rusticbull -1800
10. Fierychess -1850
11. Epistle - 1850
12. Joeyj - 1780
13. Dyobskijamero - 2000
14. Fischer22
15. Tresmaster

Arbiter/Observer- Wordfunph

( GM Wesley So and BW team captain and sponsor Norlito Sepulvida a.k.a "Sugardom")

(Sponsored by Guevara Law Office and D.N Guevarra Architectural Designs)

Metro Toril Chess Club is among the most active and oldest surviving chess club of Davao City. Among its past members were 1982 Asian junior champ IM Marlo Micayabas and two time National Games Champ WNM Kendi Gonzales. It has participated in a number of National Inter-cities team tourney, tying for 5th/6th place in Iligan City a couple of years ago although in that case it was not an all Toril line-up.

( FM elect John Ray Batucan and FM Austin Jacob Literatus. the 1-2 punch of the Toril Chess Club ).

The chessclub's roster at present is composed of up and coming youngsters lead by 2008 ASEAN age group 12 and under champ FM elect John Ray Batucan and 2010 ASEAN age group 14 and under champ FM elect Austin Jacob Literatus and a springkling of executive players.


FM elect John Ray Batucan - 1914
FM elct Austin Jacob Literatus - 1810
Eric Fernandez - 2085
Nofre Reyes - 2013
Alfred Moulic - 1955
Engr. Werner Priete - 1900+
Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. - 1835
Christopher Yap - 1824
Engr. Napoleon Recososa -1800+
Neptali Batucan - 1768
Engr. Jun Atmosfera
Anthony Mosqueda
Adrian Llanos


Glen Paclar
Ali Jover

Arbiter/Observer - Allan Dinglasan

(Anthony Mosqueda vs. Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. - team captain and sponsor of Metro Toril Chess Club.)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


GM Eugene Torre )

Philippine Chess living legend GM Eugene Torre is the solo leader of the ongoing 1st Telin Chess International Tournament 2011 held in Indonesia with 5.5 ponits after the 6th round. Torre, Asia's first grandmaster won against GM Cerdas Barus of Indonesia in the 6th round and will next face IM Sadikin Irwanto in the 7th round. Hot on his heels with 5 points are GM's Cerdas Barus, Dao Thien Hai of Vietnam, Merab Gagunashvili of Georgia, Zhang Zhong of Singapore, IM Sadikin Irwanto of Indonesia and untitled player Johan Gunawan of Indonesia.

In other 6th round result, GM Zhang Zhong won against GM Susano Megaranto of Indonesia, GM Gagunashvili prevailed over GM Ardiansyah of Indonesia, GM Dao Thien Hai beat FM Awam Wahono while untitled Johan Gunawan upset GM Dibyendu Barua of India.

GM Torre is the lone Philipine representative in this tourney. His participation was particularly requested by the Indonesian Chess Federation because of his stature and fame as a chess player. GM Torre is also a close friend of GM Utut Adianto who is one of the ranking official of the Indonesian Chess Federation.

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