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Posted on 08:11 PM, November 21, 2010

Chess Piece — By Bobby Ang

2010 NCAA Chess Team Championships (Seniors) Final Standings

1. DLS-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), 55/64. bd01 Joel A. Pimentel Jr 13.5/15, bd02 Jimson Bitoon 10.5/13, bd03 Narquingden Reyes 10.5/13, bd04 Narquingel Reyes, 13/15, bd05 Jesse Abucejo, 7.5/8

2. Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL), 51/64. bd01 Chester Brian Guerrero 13/16, bd02 Ivan Gil Biag 15/16, bd03 Jesus Benjamin Lising 13/16, bd04 Jesus Alfonso Datu 6.5/11, bd05 Nino Datu 1.5/3, bd06 Kerby Acoba 2/2

3. San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R), 49.5/64. bd01 Jayson Mercado 12/16, bd02 John Albert Bongon 12/16, bd03 Alexis Emil Maribao 14/16, bd04 Nigel Keruvin Valenzuela 6/8, bd05 Louie Salvador 5.5/8

4. Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), 26/64. bd01 Carlo Ballesteros 2/10, bd02 Ergin Nigel Pelayo 5.5/14, bd03 Francis Ligon 7/15, bd04 Steaven Crenz Fulcher 7/15, bd05 Whiz Anthony Noche 3.5/9, bd06 John Chester Isidoro 1/1

5. Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 25/64. bd01 Reinier John Bamba 10.5/16, bd02 Macwaine Molina 5.5/16, bd03 Brylle Genio Tan 2.5/16, bd04 Brylle Salcedo 6.5/16

6. San Beda College (SBC), 24.5/64. bd01 Joseph Navarro 9/16, bd02 Juan Claudio Castro 8/16, bd03 Jared Cruz 6.5/16, bd04 Ian Ferdinand Chua 1/16

7. University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHS-D), 22.5/64. bd01 Ryan James Cruz 0/5, bd02 Juan Carlo de Guzman 2/9, bd03 Mark dela Cruz 4/10, bd04 Kris Angelique Melicano 4.5/13, bd05 Aurora Kim Dantes 6.5/15, bd06 Jenwin Alconcher 5.5/12

8. Arellano University (AU), 19/64. bd01 Vergielyn Bautista 0/6, bd02 Ysmae Karim 2.5/13, bd03 Wilfred Vergel Neri 5/15, bd04 Vangielyn Bautista 3/14, bd05 John Kristofferson de Leon 8.5/16

9. Jose Rizal University (JRU), 15.5/64. bd01 Argel Usi 1.5/13, bd02 Ryann Paul Grana 2/11, bd03 Caruncho Bernardo 1/12, bd04 Leonard Alberca 2.5/8, bd05 Edmil Mallari 7.5/14, bd06 Denice Ruby Vittorio 1/6

Gold Medals:

board 1 Joel Pimentel Jr DLS-CSB 13.5/15

board 2 Ivan Gil Biag CSJL 15/16

board 3 Alexis Emil Maribao SSC-R 14/16

board 4 Narquingel Reyes DLS-CSB 13/15

board 5 Jesse Abucejo DLS-CSB 7.5/8

board 6 Jenwin Alconcher UPHSD 5.5/12

MVP: Joel Pimentel, Jr. DLS-CSB COACH OF THE YEAR: FM Fernie Donguines DLS-CSB

Last year’s NCAA tournament was a bit weird. The College of St. Benilde won the first and second rounds, and led the cumulative standings by a mile — they had 52.5 points against the second placer Letran’s 45.0. They had thoroughly stamped their domination of the event, but according to the rules the tournament was not yet over.

There was a semifinal round where no. 1 (St. Benilde) had to play no. 4 (Mapua), and no. 2 (Letran) played no. 3 (San Sebastian). Both higher-rated teams duly won, but in the finals (St. Benilde vs. Letran), which was only a single match event, disaster struck. Chester Guerrero (Letran) upset Jimson Bitoon (St. Benilde) on top board to tie their match 2-2.

Guerrero, Chester Brian C — Bitoon, Jimson V. [D30] 2009 NCAA Chess (Seniors) Finals Cyberzone, SM Manila (1.1), 01.10.2009

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 a6 4.c5 b6 5.cxb6 cxb6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.e3 Ne4 9.Nxe4 dxe4 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Nd2 Bb7 12.Qc2 0-0 13.Be2 Rc8 14.Qb1 e5 15.dxe5 Qxe5 16.0-0 Nd7 17.Nc4 Qe6 18.Rd1 Bd5 19.b3 b5 20.Nd2 Qe5 21.a4 Rab8 22.axb5 axb5 23.b4 Nf6 24.Ra5 Be6 25.h3 h6 26.Nb3 Nd5 27.Nc5 Bf5 28.Rc1 Rb6 29.Bxb5 Rg6 30.Bd7 Nc3 31.Rxc3 Bxd7 32.Nxe4 Qb8 33.Rxc8+ Bxc8 34.Ng3 Rb6 35.b5 Bb7 36.Nf5 Qe8 37.Qb2 Rg6 38.Ng3 h5 1-0

The significance of this game was that, based on the rules, in case of a tie, the result of top board will be the deciding factor, so to the shock of everybody Letran was declared the winner.

This year, the rules were modified into a saner version — the tournament would be run via two rounds, and the champion of the first round will play the champion of the second round to determine the winner. No more semifinals and finals.

The College of St. Benilde atoned for last year’s failure by once again dominating the field and winning both rounds.

The only drama occurred in the 11th round, when St. Benilde faced Letran. Before the start of each match the team captains are supposed to send to the chief arbiter a sealed envelope with their lineup for the day. Only when they are about to start will the players know who they are going to play against. In a fit of stupidity the St. Benilde team wrote that their lineup will be:

board 1 Garry Kasparov board 2 Magnus Carlsen board 3 Viswanathan Anand board 4 Veselin Topalov

They perhaps thought that the inclusion in their team of 3 world champions plus the world’s highest rated player is funny, but the arbiter did not and he reported this to the NCAA Commission, which decided to censure the team for making a mockery out of the proceedings.

The handwriting on the lineup clearly belonged to Narquingden Reyes (their board 3 player), and he “admitted” that the joke was his alone and did not involve the team. He was forfeited against Letran causing St. Benilde to lose 1.5-2.5 to their archrival and got himself suspended for the rest of the tournament.

Anyway it did not matter because the St. Benilde team was merciless in the closing rounds and no other team could catch up.

St. Benilde’s top board FIDE Master (FM) Joel Pimentel from Bacolod City was on fire in the tournament — he was unbeaten and only allowed three draws for 13.5/15, a 90% score! Pimentel was adjudged as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the tournament. This will go very well with the gold medal he won four years ago in the ASEAN Under-14 Chess Championship.

Pimentel, Joel Jr A — Mercado, Jayson V [A67] 2010 NCAA Chess Seniors SM City, Manila (4), 29.07.2010

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nfd7

Black’s 8…Nbd7!? 9.e5 dxe5 10.fxe5 Nh5 11.e6 Qh4+ 12.g3 Nxg3 13.hxg3 Qxh1 14.Be3 has not yet been refuted, but it is difficult to play with Black.

9.a4 0-0 10.Nge2 a6 11.Bd3 Nf6 12.0-0 Bg4 13.h3 Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Nbd7 15.Kh1 Re8 16.Qf3 Qc7 17.Be3 Rab8 18.g4 c4 19.Bc2 b5 20.axb5 axb5 21.Ra7 Qc8 22.Ne2

Heading for c6.

22…Rb7 23.Ra6 Nc5?

Jayson misses his chance to mix it up with 23…Nxe4! 24.Bxe4 Nf6 25.Rc6 (25.Bc2? Rbe7 turns the tables and now Black is winning) 25…Qa8 26.Nc3 Rbe7 the position is complicated.

24.Rc6 Rc7 25.Bxc5 dxc5 26.Rxc7 Qxc7 27.e5 Nd7 28.d6 Qa7 29.Qc6 Rb8 30.Be4 h6 31.Nc3 b4 32.Qc7 Qa6

[32…Qxc7 33.dxc7 Rc8 34.Nb5 followed by Bb7 is deadly]

33.Qxd7 bxc3 1-0

Black resigned, not waiting for 33…bxc3 34.e6! Rf8 (34…fxe6 35.Qxe6+ Kh8 36.Qxg6 with mate coming up) 35.exf7+ Kh8 36.Qe6 wins easily. 1-0

The best attacking game I saw in the tournamentis a product of Alexis Emil Maribao from San Sebastian:

Lising, Jesus Benjamin M — Maribao, Alexis Emil F [E05] 2010 NCAA Chess Seniors SM City, Manila (12), 12.08.2010

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 c5

Of the alternatives 7…c5, 7…Bd7 and 7…a6, the text is the weakest, as it does not solve the problem of White’s pressure on the long diagonal. However, Maribao handles this well.

8.dxc5 Qa5

[8…Bxc5 is the main line]

9.Qxc4 Qxc5 10.Qb3 Nc6 11.Be3 Qb4 12.Qc2 e5 13.a3 Qg4 14.Nc3 Qh5 15.h4 Bf5 16.Qb3 Ng4?! 17.Bg5

[17.Qxb7! is quite playable. After 17…Nxe3 18.fxe3 Rac8 19.Nd5 Bc5 20.Rac1 Black’s queenside pieces are awkwardly placed]

17…Bxg5 18.Nxg5 Nd4 19.Qxb7 Rab8 20.Qxa7 Rxb2 21.e3? h6 22.Nh3 D

Position after 22.Nh3

22…Nxe3! 23.Nf4

[23.fxe3 Bxh3 24.Bxh3 Nf3+ 25.Rxf3 Qxf3 with forced mate]

23…exf4 24.Qxd4 Nxf1 25.Kxf1 f
xg3 26.fxg3 Bh3! 27.g4

[27.Bxh3 Qf3+ 28.Kg1 Qxg3+]

27…Bxg2+ 0-1

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