Saturday, October 31, 2009
The latest book in print about Fischer has just been released. Bobby Fischer: The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion by Karsten Mueller. Don't know what to expect from the book but annotations for all of Fischer’s 736 tournament and match games and lots of unpublished photos are provided in the book. Here's the video presentation from chessvibes.
Friday, October 30, 2009
GMs Paragua and Antonio has two separate mission later this year. Paragua, as we all know by now, is aiming to set a new world record for simultaneous chess "1 vs. 600: beat the Mark" while Antonio will be heading for the world cup of chess in an attempt for a "decent" finish.
Strong typhoon is coming and I say stay indoors!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Other than that, I experience no problem (by far) with chessbomb. It is easy to use and one great thing is you could follow the games and leave them on separate tabs without totally navigating away from the games and still, you have the games being played live and automatically! Traditional live games viewer can't do that. If you left and just return, you have to refresh the browser.
I noticed that watching an ongoing games on multiple tabs instead of watching 4 or more games on a single tab runs much fine but that is somewhat confusing.
I think Chrome and Firefox will make the most out of this new technology in internet chess. But again, we have our own preferences, of course. You can view them at any browser you like. But for great live chess experience, I suggest using Chrome and Firefox. Haven't taken my shot on Opera, Safari etc. Maybe, later.
In the meantime, you can start singing "...chessbomb, chessbomb, you're my chessbomb."
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
GM PARAGUA BEATS NM PASCUA; TOPS GOV. ESPINO CHESS; POCKETS P10,000
GM Mark Callano Paragua turned back National Master (NM) Haridas Pascua in the seventh and final round to snare the title and the top prize of P10,000 in the inaugural Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. Cup Open Rapid Chess Championships at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen, Pangasinan, held over the weekend.
The Tondo, Manila born Paragua, the 2003 Southeast Asian Games most bemedalled athlete prevailed with the white pieces after 40 moves of Reti Opening to finish undefeated in the two-day (October 24 and 25) tournament with a total 6.5 points on account of six wins and a draw, organized by Menard Pulido, the founder/ Vice President, Pangasinan Chess Association; Vice President-NAPCA Northern Luzon, Vice President PACE Northern Luzon and Coordinator of NCFP in Pangasinan.
After winning the first three rounds against the local player here in Pangasinan, Paragua subdued NM Allan Macalla in the fourth, drew with fellow GM Rogelio “Joey”Antonio Jr., in the fifth, then toppled Dick Gicain in the sixth before beating NM Pascua in the seventh round enroute to the championship’s trophy.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Breaking. My eyes nearly popped out of it's socket with this one. We just received an email report from NM Marlon Bernardino that GM Mark Paragua will try to set a new world record for simul chess and the event will be dubbed "1 vs 600, Beat the Mark". This is a herculean task. Come on, 600 players in two days? He's facing no patzers here. If park and kanto chess boys will be allowed to participate then this record breaking attempt might turn a different course. Not impossible of course but having some doubts, things we thought we could only imagine. But anyway go ahead and good luck Mark and beat the mark! In the meantime here's Bernardino's full report.
GM MARK PARAGUA TRIES TO BREAK THE GUINNESS SIMUL CHESS WORLD RECORD
DUBBED AS “1 V.S. 600: BEAT THE MARK”
BY: MARLON BERNARDINO
MARK PARAGUA, the first Filipino to reach super grandmaster status, aims to put the Philippines in the world chess map once again as he tries to break the Guinness simultaneous chess world record on December 27 to 28, 2009.
The two-day event will be held at the historic Ninoy Aquino Stadium or San Andres Gymnasium in Manila.
“The ultimate test for mind and body endurance dubbed as “1 vs. 600: Beat the MARK” will pit the young grandmaster against 600 players at the same time. There will also be 400 reserves for a total of 1,000 opposing players present during the event.” Said journalist Noli Sangil Cruz.
The current record is held by Iranian GM Morteza Mahjoob, who faced 500 opponents simultaneously last August 13, 2009 at the Engelab Sports Complex in Tehran, Iran.
The Guinness World Record for the largest number of simultaneous games played in a single session was initially set in 1996 Swedish Grandmaster Ulf Anderson, who took on 310 opponents. This record was broken in 2004 by British IM Andrew Martin, author of many of our openings training DVDs. Martin played against 321 opponents, scoring 294 wins, 26 draws and 1 loss for a winning percentage of 95.64%. In August 2005 GM Susan Polgar played against 350 players simultaneously at the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Finally, in February this year, Bulgarian GM Kiril Georgiev played a simultaneous exhibition against 360 opponents before broke by Morteza.
Paragua’s second/ trainer will be Asia’s First GM Eugene Torre and World Chess Cup bound GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. in the event organized by Touch of Gold Enterprises in close cooperation with the Department of Tourism, Manila Sports Council (MASCO) Chairman Niño dela Cruz, City of Manila, Filway Marketings Inc. CEO/ President Hector "Chito" Tagaysay and Meralco Chess Club.
Wilfredo “Willie” Abalos of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) will head the list of International arbiters (IA) that includes Gene Poliarco, national masters Erwin Carag and Elias Lao along with RP six-time executive champion Dr. Jenny Mayor. For inquiries, you can call or text mobile no. 0919 849 3648 for complete details
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Playing chess has many benefits and one is promoting self-confidence. You can learn many techniques and skills that you can apply in daily life.
Every time you win a game, you improve self-esteem and self-confidence.
Chess is a thinking game. It is a fair game in that the player is responsible for the fate of the game and there is no other intervention in the game either in the form of luck or chance.
If children were taught this noble game at a tender age and encouraged to play, they would perform better in academically and outshine others.
If your child has a history of school failure and academic problems, teach him/her to play chess. In due time, you will see great improvements not only in the personality but also in the intellectual capacity of the child
Chess players show intense concentration, abstract thinking, and mental strategies that are extremely difficult to understand and learn.
With more self-confidence, you can face the many difficulties of life. A child develops the attitude that he can do it and that he can achieve his dreams.
Continue reading from Frank Pestano chess blog
Some of our other top players also decided to skipped some major tournaments here and abroad to concentrate and give more time to their studies. GM John Paul Gomez is a graduate of Mechanical Engineer at La Salle and is vent to get his license sooner than later. IM Julio Catalino Sadorra, I believe, is in Dallas Texas now for some scholarship program in one of the top college school there. Remember this post?
Monday, October 19, 2009
This chess blogger highly suggest that you do try this!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
MAGA RULES PHILWEB-HUMAN PLUS NATIONAL EXECUTIVE CHESS; BERNARDINO WOUND UP SOLO SECOND PLACE
4.5 points--- NM Mirabeau Maga
4.0 points--- RP and US Master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr.
3.0 points--- NM Julius Sinangote, NM Efren Bagamasbad, NM Allan Macalla
2.5 points--- NM Ronald Llavanes
2.0 points--- Fide Master Randy Segarra, NM Ali Branzuela, RP six-time executive champion Dr. Jenny Mayor
1.5 points--- NM Ric Portagalera, NM Allan Sasot, Jerry Areque
NATIONAL MASTER (NM) Mirabeau Maga of Davao City ruled the 9th leg of the 2009 Philweb–Human Plus National Executive Grand Prix Active Chess Championships on Saturday at the Human Resources Conference Room, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Elliptical Road, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.
Maga scored 4.5points in the five-round Swiss System event to take the Group A Open Division crown by half a point and pocket the P5,000 champion's purse. RP and US Master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr., a Bandera/ CDN sportswriter and radio commentator wound up solo second place with 4.0 points to received the runner-up prize of P2,000.
National Masters (NMs) Julius Sinangote of Caloocan City, Efren Bagamasbad of Manila and Allan Macalla of Davao City finished with 3.0 points apiece to end up sharing third places to fifth placers, while Philippine Airforce bet NM Ronald Llavanes of Bicol finished with 2.5 points for solo sixth placers.
Other participants were Fide Master Randy Segarra (2.0 points), NM Ali Branzuela(2.0 points), RP six-time executive champion Dr. Jenny Mayor (2.0 points), NM Ric Portagalera (1.5 points), NM Allan Sasot(1.5 points) and Jerry Areque (1.5 points).
Ric dela Pena, meanwhile captured the Group B crown with 4.5 points while Ritchie Evangelista, Mark Oliver Ingcad, Ricardo Jimenez and Joel Cocjin tallied 4.0 points each to finished second to fifth placers.Organized by the Philippine Association of Chess Executives (PACE), using the 25-minute time control format and hosted by DAR Secretary Nasser Pangandaman, Director Nelia Manahan of Bureau of Agrarian Reform Information and Education (BARIE), DAR Employees Association president Nanette Pascual, DAR employee Lito Dormitorio and Philweb Corporation headed by lawyer Cliburn Orbe.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
But on the other hand, if his recent results not yet counted, say later tournament he participated before the article got published at Living Peru.com, and subsequently brings him a whopping 55 extra rating points, and it "count" retrospectively from the day he completed his norms, then we may have indeed the newest and the youngest chess grandmaster previously held by Anish Giri.
We haven't heard anything from other giant chess sites such as chessdom, chessbase, chessvibes et al about the news to verify the claim. Let us wait and see.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The English Chess Federation commented on the book:
“The book can be read on several levels – as a dramatic story, or as providing insights into opening theory, or as great games enhanced by deep analytical annotations. Kasparov succeeds triumphantly in illuminating every aspect of this historic struggle. He is establishing as formidable a reputation as an author, as he did as a player.”
Ivan Sokolov’s Winning Chess Middle Games (New in Chess) was adjudge as the second best.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
In the meantime here's the final report by Marlon Bernardino:
JOHN RANEL MORAZO of Tarlac and Vince Angelo Medina of Laguna won the Juniors and Kiddies divisions respectively at the conclusion of 17th Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships Grand Finals last Sunday at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
Morazo, earned seven points to win P30,000 in the 20-under competition of the juniors divisions. Actually, Morazo, substitute for fellow University of Baguio student Leonardo Abalos who was trapped by floods in Baguio after Typhoon Pepeng hit the said cities.
Ateneo de Manila University's Giovanni Romero scored 6.5 points to settle for P20,000.
Bryll Arellano and Joseph Turqueza wounded up with identical six points but the former had superior tiebreak for third place to claim P15,000. The latter instead got P10,000.
Jayson Mercado, who bested fellow 5.5 scorers Lennon Salgados and Richelieu Salcedo III via tiebreak, occupied the fifth spot and took P7,000.
In the kiddies 14 and under category, Medina, playing under the banner of GM Jayson Gonzales Far Eastern University notch eight points to win the championship trophy plus P 20,000 cash prizes.
Team mate Mc Dominique Lagula also from FEU tallied 5.5 points pocketed P15,000 in the event sponsored by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) under the leadership of Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr.Davao City's Austin Jacob Literatus won P10,000 cash for placing third while Jeazzier Surposa earned 4.5 points for fourth place and received P7,500. Giovanni Mejia of La Salle Greenhills gained four points for fifth place and went home with P5,000.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Last Saturday, October 10, the Philippines 9th grandmaster, Jayson Gonzales conducted a 24 board fund raising simultaneous exhibition match at Meralco basement canteen in Ortigas Pasig City. Gonzales posted 20 wins, 3 draws with 1 defeat. Pulsar, an unrated player and avid kibitzer from chessgames.com representing Barangay Wesley chess club scores that lone victory. The simul raised a total donation of P10,000. Donations proceeds to RP PARA chess team in their need to have new chess sets and also part of the donations goes to chess players of Meralco who fell victim to typhoon Ondoy like RP kiddies 12 under champ, Karen Enriquez, and Darryl Samantila, 9 and under champ. Also Albert of MCC and Wordfun of BW will received portions from the donations.
Last August, GM Joey Antonio first conducted a simul for the funding of the Malaysian bound RP PARA team which he coached, and GM Eugenio Torre follow through last September also for the same cause.
The fund raising event is being organized by the Meralco Chess Club. Rolly Sol Cruz, president of MCC and Lilet Bersamina, father of Paulo Bersamina.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The typhoon and flooding is over in the Metro Manila area and chess events is back in the groove. The first that brought to our notice is Philweb-Human Plus Executive Chess tournament.
REPORT BY: MARLON BERNARDINO
BUSY private and public executives and professional will have the chance to relax and showcase their chess talent and skill this coming weekend.
The 9th leg of the 2009 Philweb–Human Plus National Executive Grand Prix Active Chess Championships opens at 1 p.m. on October 17 at the Human Resources Conference Room, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Elliptical Road, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.
Organized by the Philippine Association of Chess Executives (PACE), the 25-minute time control, one-day event will be hosted by DAR Secretary Nasser Pangandaman, Director Nelia Manahan of Bureau of Agrarian Reform Information and Education (BARIE), DAR Employees Association president Nanette Pascual, DAR employee Lito Dormitorio and Philweb Corporation.
There are two divisions: Group A: Those with 2000 & above latest National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP)Active Rating (Swiss System) and executive National Masters (NMs) and FIDE Masters.
Group B: Those with 1999 & below latest NCFP Active Rating (Swiss System 5, 6, or 7 rounds depending on the number of participants).
In the Grand Prix standings, RP six-time executive champion Dr. Jenny Mayor, a dentist, leads in Group A while lawyer Cliburn Orbe tows the pack in Group B.
Prizes up for grabs are: Group A & Group B: 6 or 7 Rounds Swiss System champion: P5,000 plus trophy & 20 Grand Prix points;
Second placer: P2,000 plus trophy & 19 Grand Prix points; P1,000 plus medal & 17 Grand Prix points; fourth: P500 plus medal & 17 Grand Prix points; fifth: 16 Grand Prix points; sixth: 15 Grand prix points; seventh: 14 Grand Prix points; and so on up to 20th place.
Registration fee:Group A: P1,000, Group B: P700
Big Prizes await the 16 Grand Finalists in December, with free lunch and snacks served during the tournament.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
This article by Frank Pestano from SunStar.com may greatly explain this. They too have "other" works to look and take after to earn a decent living.
Mikhael Botvinnik was a three-time world champion who was an electrical engineer. His famous pupils include world champions Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik.
Max Euwe was not only a world champion but was also a past president of Fide. He was a professor and had a doctorate in mathematics.
Paul Morphy was considered by Bobby Fischer to have been the greatest player of all time and an unofficial world champion. He was a lawyer by profession and was known to have memorized the complete Louisiana book of code and laws.
Miguel Najdorf was a Polish-born Argentine chess grandmaster of Jewish origin, famous for his Najdorf Variation. He was an insurance underwriter and once played communist revolutionary Che Guevara to a draw.
John Nunn is one of England’s strongest players and once belonged to the world’s top 10. He is also a college instructor in mathematics.
Reuben Fine was one of the strongest chess players in the world from the mid- 1930s through the 1940s and is a psychoanalyst.
The full article from SunStar, 'Occupations of Famous Chess Players' is re-posted at Pestano's chess blog, Chessmoso
Friday, October 9, 2009
GM Wesley So's next major tournament will be the World Junior Chess Championship that will be held from October 21 to November 4 in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.
In the meantime we would like to wish GM Wesley So a happy birthday and wish him more success and birthdays to come.
Just stay away from the girls at the moment Wes ;)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
With the win, the 30 year old Mikheil Mchedlishvili and rank no.4 in his native Georgia became the first European player to capture the tournament usually dominated by Asians. Mchedlishvili was very consistent all through out the tournament, always on top of the leader board from the first till the final round. Seven of his eight opponents he faced were all grandmasters and was undefeated with five wins and four draws with performance rating of 2752. GM Mchedlishvili recently won the Ravana chess challenge held in Sri Lanka where many grandmasters who saw action in that event also joins the 4th PGMA and Pichay Cup.
The same rule and system as the 4th PGMA Cup was also applied at the Pichay Cup. A nine roound Swiss system and the time control of 90 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. And to prevent an early draws, players are not allowed before the completion of Black’s 30th move unless by the repetition of position rule. Pichay Cup offers a total prize of $30,000 and $5,000 goes to the winner.
Final Standings after 9 Rounds
1 GM MCHEDLISHVILI Mikheil GEO 2613 7,0
2 GM GHAEMMAGHAMI Ehsan IRI 2579 7,0
3 GM ANTONIO Rogelio Jr PHI 2557 6,5
4 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2589 6,5
5 GM ZHANG Zhong SIN 2606 6,5
6 GM LAYLO Darwin PHI 2537 6,0
7 GM DAO Thien Hai VIE 2542 6,0
8 GM DAS Neelotpal IND 2471 6,0
9 GM KOTANJIAN Tigran ARM 2553 5,5
10 GM GUPTA Abhijeet IND 2584 5,5
11 GM PARAGUA Mark PHI 2501 5,5
12 GM FILIPPOV Anton UZB 2595 5,5
13 GM GAGUNASHVILI Merab GEO 2564 5,5
14 GM LI Shilong CHN 2531 5,5
15 GM TORRE Eugenio PHI 2535 5,5
16 IM DABLEO Ronald PHI 2417 5,5
17 GM ISMAGAMBETOV Anuar KAZ 2528 5,5
18 IM NOLTE Rolando PHI 2424 5,5
19 GM KOSTENKO Pyotr KAZ 2491 5,5
20 IM DIMAKILING Oliver PHI 2434 5,5
21 FM DONGUINES Fernie PHI 2373 5,5
22 TIRTO INA 2407 5,0
23 ANDADOR Rolando PHI 2260 5,0
24 IM GARMA Chito PHI 2331 5,0
25 IM SENADOR Emmanuel PHI 2367 5,0
26 LUMANCAS Lyndon PHI 0 5,0
27 GM VILLAMAYOR Buenaventura PHI 2426 5,0
28 FM PASCUA Haridas PHI 2310 4,5
29 GM GOMEZ John Paul PHI 2521 4,5
30 MAGA Mirabeau PHI 2230 4,5
31 ELORTA David PHI 2326 4,5
32 BITOON Richard PHI 2490 4,5
33 ROQUE Merben PHI 2209 4,5
35 DATU Alcon John PHI 2188 4,0
36 MARIANO Nelson III PHI 2095 4,0
37 MACALA Allan PHI 2266 4,0
38 BRANZUELA Ali PHI 2288 4,0
39 LEGASPI Rhobel PHI 2325 4,0
40 MORAZO John Ranel PHI 2172 4,0
41 SEGARRA Randy PHI 2300 4,0
42 OLAY Edgar Reggie PHI 2325 4,0
43 WGM NADIG Krutika IND 2273 4,0
44 MILAGROSA Alexander PHI 2254 4,0
46 LAO Elias PHI 2233 4,0
47 FM CARLOS Leonardo PHI 2334 3,5
48 RICANA Leodegario PHI 2082 3,5
49 CAUSO Deniel PHI 2334 3,0
50 RIVERA Albert PHI 2172 3,0
51 POLAO Ben PHI 0 3,0
52 BAGAMASBAD Efren PHI 2311 3,0
53 BERNALES Christy Lamiel PHI 2056 3,0
54 PORTUGALERA Ric PHI 2221 3,0
55 LEE Elgin MAS 1810 3,0
56 CAUMBAN Jose Piff PHI 0 3,0
57 BAUTISTA Paolo Lorenzo PHI 0 2,5
58 BAGAYNA Magellan PHI 0 2,0
59 LEE William MAS 0 2,0
60 PINERO Arnel PHI 0 0,0
Registration fee is P 500. Walk in participants at the time of the simul are also welcome.
For details pls visit MERALCO Chess Club blog, or email MCC president Rolly Sol Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Final round will start tomorrow at 9:00 am at the same venue at the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Bldg. in Katipunan Ave., Quezon City. Awarding ceremony will begin soon after round 9.
Round 8 results
Standings after 8 rounds
Final round pairings
Monday, October 5, 2009
Tournament resumes today at 4:00 PM for round six at the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Bldg. in Katipunan Ave., Quezon City.
Round 5 results
Standings after 5 rounds
Round 6 pairings
Sunday, October 4, 2009
THE one-day non-master chess tournament offers P10,000 plus trophy to the champion supposed to be held on October 18 at the SM Manila has been reset to October 25 in the same venue.
The chess tournament was reset in order to accommodate more participants who suffered from the devastation of two typhoon who hits the country (Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng), according to Adamson University head coach Christopher Rodriguez, member of the organizing group of One Manila Non-Master Chess Tournament dubbed as "Tulak Mo...Sulong Ko”,Seven round Swiss-system event.
“Nagdesisyon ang organizing group sa panibagong petsa ng chess tournament sa SM Manila para mabigyan ng pagkakataon na makalahok an gating mga kababayan na chess player. Karamihan kasi sa mga kababayan natin na chess player ay talagang naapektuhan din ng bagyong Ondoy at Pepeng” Rodriguez added.
Two more local chess event has been postponed because of the Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng.
They are the 1st Alex S. Belena Non-Master Rapid Chess Tournament scheduled on Saturday at the PAG-ASA Sport Complex, San Jose City Nueva Ecija and 2-in-1 Non-Master Rapid Chess Tournament scheduled yesterday (Sunday) at the Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School, Cubao, Quezon City.
For inquiry, call or text 0919 655 1973, 0910 444 8444 or 0920 904 5187, for complete details.
News by Marlon Bernardino
The moment somebody notifies us where we can get the PGNs of the games, we will link it to this blog. For now, let us just enjoy whatever little resources available for us.
5th Pichay Cup standings after 3 rounds
Round 3 results
Round 4 pairings
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Round 3 resumes later this day at 4:00 pm.
Rank after Round 2 (Top 20)
1 CAUSO Deniel PHI 2334 2,0
2 gm MCHEDLISHVILI Mikhael GEO 2613 2,0
3 gm FILIPPOV Anton UZB 2595 2,0
4 gm LAYLO Darwin PHI 2537 2,0
5 gm DAO Thien Hai VIE 2542 2,0
6 gm LI Shilong CHN 2531 2,0
7 gm PARAGUA Mark PHI 2501 2,0
8 gm GOMEZ John Paul PHI 2521 2,0
9 BITOON Richard PHI 2490 2,0
10 im NOLTE Rolando PHI 2424 1,5
11 gm VILLAMAYOR Buenaventura PHI 2426 1,5
12 TIRTO INA 2407 1,5
13 im DABLEO Ronald PHI 2417 1,5
14 gm GUPTA Abhijeet IND 2584 1,5
15 gm NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2589 1,5
16 gm KOTANJIAN Tigran ARM 2553 1,5
17 gm ANTONIO Rogelio Jr PHI 2557 1,5
18 gm GHAEMMAGHAMI Ehsan IRI 2579 1,5
19 gm GAGUNASHVILI Merab GEO 2564 1,5
im DIMAKILING Oliver PHI 2434 1,5
Friday, October 2, 2009
Round 1 results
Round 2 pairings
Starting rank list
By the way, over there at Nanjing. Carlsen had just defeated Radjabov in just 25 moves! the Norwegian wunderkind tallied 4.5 out of 5.5 and is performing at 3128!
GM Eugenio Torre who experience one of the worst tournament performance in many years at the PGMA cup is also reported to have confirmed his participation and give another shot to redeem his reputation. Other Filipino grandmasters who competed at the 4th PGMA Cup are also set to compete.
The same rule and system as the 4th PGMA Cup will also be applied at the Pichay Cup. A nine roound Swiss system and the time control of 90 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. And to prevent an early draws, players are not allowed before the completion of Black’s 30th move unless by the repetition of position rule. Pichay Cup offers a total prize of $30,000 and $5,000 goes to the winner(s).
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The following day, Fischer wrote the following letter as a protest about the "slapping" incident...
This is an official protest of the behavior [sic] of Pal Benko. On the night of May 9, a little before midnight, Benko entered by room without my permission; he had followed Bisguier in. I immediately asked him to leave and he refused. I repeatedly asked to leave and he refused each time. He became angry when I refused to allow my second, Arthur Bisguier, to help him (Benko) analyze his adjournment with Petrosian. He insulted me and when I answered him he struck me while I was seated in a chair. I did not strike him back. Then he finally left the room.
I suggest that Benko be fined and/or expelled from the tournament.
The above episode was witnessed by Arthur Bisguier.
/s/ Robert Fischer
Question is, was the 19 years old Bobby Fischer being bullied? It looks like he was.
Full article at ChessCafe.com's From the Archives
It's an absolute pleasure to have Wesley and William here at the SPICE Cup in Lubbock and Texas Tech. They are wonderful people.
Playing in an open tournament and playing in a round robin/double round robin tournament is very different. It requires different approach, preparation, psychology, and training, etc. This is an important learning process for Wesley. Next time he will improve.
Wesley certainly got the respect from the big guys. No one will offer you a draw if they think they can beat you :)
I am sure this is not the last time we will hear about Wesley at the SPICE Cup.
One thing I hardly see from any other player is the support Wesley got from the Filipino community in the Philippines, in the US, in Texas, and around the world. There were people who drove I believe 5-6 hours to come and support Wesley and William. Stick with this kid, he has a bright future.
I will continue to update news about Filipinos players and Wesley on my blog and please feel free to send me any article that I may have missed.