Sunday, May 8, 2011
Hon. Manny Pacquiao, Congressman of the Lone District of Saranggani, checkmates Shane Mosley in 12 rounds! Yesterday, May 8, 2011 (Philippine time), our superhero, the ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao displayed a superb performance of intelligence, skill, and strength. Like a master chessplayer, he was at least 8 moves ahead of a bewildered Mosley. His punches were so fast that it was just like playing a blitz game. He was patient and confident anticipating Mosley’s moves and countering with an ‘attack all across the board’. From the Opening , the Middle ,and the End game of the match, coach Freddy and Manny Pacquiao had it all well planned. Congratulations Hon. Manny Pacquiao! A true chess player in the boxing ring! Antique chess players salute you!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
1st NM Rhobel Legaspi Chess Tournament Tournament Regulations: 1. This is an individual open tournament. Tournament shall be played in a five (5) rounds Swiss Pairing. This is a one (1) day event on May 14, 2011. 2. Each player is accorded with a time control of thirty (30) minutes. Prizes: 1. Champion – 1500php plus Trophy 2. 2nd Placer – 750php 3. 3rd Placer – 500php 4. Top Kiddie-250php (for players born 1997 or later) 5. Top Lady-250php 6. *Prizes shall be shared by Tied players. To determined the Champion-Blitz tiebreaks shall be played. 7. *Cash Prizes could still increase! Registration fee is 60php. 30php shall be returned to players who competed for 5 rounds. Arbiters: 1. Jon De Gracia 2. Rhobel Legaspi Venue: Alex and Al Cafe, Sibalom, Antique ( The venue is near Sibalom Water District) Schedule: Final Registration – 9am on the Tournament Day. First Round will be played exactly at 10am May 14, 2011. There would be a 15-30minutes break after each round. Awarding of Prizes will be around 5pm-6pm on the tournament.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The young, dynamic and kind-hearted Congressman of Antique, Hon. Paolo Javier, donated chess boards for Antique chess. He promised to be more supportive of this 'royal game' in Antique. The game of chess have already been recognized by experts to be very helpful in the mental development of a child. Many countries have already integrated chess in their educational programs. Countries like Russia, Vietnam, China, Israel, Ukraine, India etc. have established chess schools to promote chess further. World reknown leaders like Lenin and Napoleon are known lovers of this game. Chess makes one think. In fact, most chess players excel in analytic subjects especially Math.
Von Steven Aquino overcame an opening round upset and won four straight to emerge solo Champion for the month of April in the monthly open chess tournament held last April 9-10, 2011 at the Alex and Al Cafe and Snackhouse, Sibalom, Antique. Nelson Trayfalgar Jr. finished solo second with 3.5 points. 3rd to 6th places went to John Mark Grasparil, Miguel Descalzo, Arnel Amar, and Deonato Petinglay with 3 points apiece.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
NM Rhobel Legaspi and 14 year old Lou Vincent Baculna saved the day for team Antique when they won their respective games in the 9th and final round of the tournament. The Antique chess team finished tied for 11th place along with 8 other teams. Tagaytay City, bannered by GM Wesley So won the tournament. NM Rhobel Legaspi was the highest pointer of the team with 7.5 points out of 9 games and second only to GM Wesley So in individual points in the whole tournament. Lou Vincent Baculna finished well with a very decent 6 points out of 9 games winning 6 games mostly against veteran players. The Antique chess team's participation to this national event was sponsored by Governor Exequiel Javier and Congressman Paulo Javier.
Monday, March 28, 2011
The youthful, good looking Congressman of the lone district of Antique, Hon. Paolo Javier, made a winning move for chess in Antique. Congressman Javier gave financial support for the Antique chess team that will be participating in the forthcoming Inter Province and Cities Chess Tournament to be held in Kalibo Aklan this coming April 1 to 5, 2011. The sportsminded Legislator provided the monetary support out of his own pocket. Such gesture shows a leader with a heart for sports development in this province. He, along with Governor Exequiel Javier, signified their support to the game of chess.
The Antique chess team will be bannered by National Master Rhobel Legaspi of Belison, Nelson Trayfalgar Jr. of San Jose, Arnel Amar of Tibiao, Von Steven Aquino of Sibalom, and 14 year old former Palaro player Lou Vincent Baculna of Sibalom. The Antique chess team is aiming to fight for top honors in this yearly tournament.
Chess in Antique, indeed, is getting big boosts from many corners these days. Blessings have been coming one after the other. Thank you Congressman Paolo Javier! Thank you Governor Exequiel Javier!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Queenie Villaflor powers her way to a Gold medal finish in Secondary Girls Chess in the recently concluded West Visayan Regional Athletic Meet held in Iloilo City. She will be representing Region VI in the upcoming Palarong Pambansa. Her board 2 teammate Denny Canja took the bronze medal. Together, they took the team Silver Medal. Lou Vincent Baculna took bronze in the boys secondary division. This is just the second time that Antique has won a Gold medal in Chess in the WVRAAM. Three years ago, Lou Vincent Baculna struck Gold in the Elementary Boys Chess in this yearly event. This indicates that Antique chess players are getting stronger in playing strength. Tha nk you Queenie for giving Antique this honor! You makes us proud!!!