Friday, August 15, 2014

Pestaño: Alien abductee is reelected president

Friday, August 15, 2014

THE largest Olympiad with 174 countries playing is now on its final stage in Tromso Norway. An important side event to the tournament is the elections of Fide officials.
The format is four players per team and 11-round Swiss. The winning teams will receive the International Hamilton-Russell Cup and the International Vera Menchik Cup. The winning teams with the best composite score will receive the Nona Gaprindashvili International Trophy.
Every member of the winning team (players, reserves and captain) will receive gold, silver and bronze medals.
The players will also compete for individual board prizes: gold, silver and bronze medals.
After the penultimate round(10) China is the solo leader in the Men`s section with 17 points on 7 wins and 3 draws. Hungary is also solo second place with 16 followed by 8 countries with 15 points namely France, Ukraine, Russia, USA, Uzbekistan, India, Azerbaijan and Poland.
The Philippines is tied with 19 other countries from 38th to 56th places with 12 points. This will be our worst showing ever if we lose in the last round against Canada, which has three GMs and two IMs with an average elo of 2554 against ours at 2490.
As everybody knows, we were hit by a double whammy with the non-appearance of Wesley, So who transferred federation to the USA, and Oliver Barbosa, who suffered visa problems.
The Philippines is represented by GM Catalino Sadorra, GM John Paul Gomez, GM Eugene Torre, FM Paolo Bersamina and GM Jayson Gonzales.
In the women’s section, which is participated by 138 female participants, Russia is just slightly ahead (18) over China and Ukraine, both with 17. Russia would have won the tournament outright but it lost to Ukraine in the 10th round.
The RP women’s team is not doing any better than the men’s team as it is tied with 15 others from 42nd -56th places with 11 points.
The players are WIM Cheradee Chardine Camacho, WFM Janelle Mae Frayna, Jan Jodilyn Fronda, WIM Catherine Perena and Christy Lamiel Bernales.
Before the elections, observers say that it will be close fight between former world champion Garry Kasparov and Kirsan as Kasparov has been campaigning for over a year now and has visited almost all countries. He also prides himself of a formidable line-
up, all with sterling reputations.
However, Chessmoso thinks otherwise. A good number of federations are satisfied with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s performance.
And I was right. Ilyumzhinov won the election with 110 to 61 votes, a landslide.
Kasparov said the procedure was rigged.
“This has been an unfair fight from the very start. The incumbents have shamelessly used every trick they can, including simply erasing federations,” from the voting register. Four votes were annulled.
Sheikh Sultan (UAE) was reelected the Asian Continental President after a crushing 38-12 win over Prospero Pichay of the Philippines.
Ilyumzhinov, 52, says he was abducted by aliens, who communicated telepathically in 1997 and returned to Earth after a trip to a distant star in a giant spaceship. Being an amateur astronomer myself, his claim proves the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence.
Robinson’s Mall will sponsor its first Active tournament with a time control of 20 minutes plus 10 seconds increment in a 7-round Swiss format starting tomorrow.
On Aug. 16 the 14-year-old and Under tournament will get underway. There will be another tournament on Sunday for the 21-Under. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Top 10 placers.
Registration will be P200 and 250 respectively with an early registration discount of P50 if paid one day before the tournament.. Participants who will play in both tournaments will pay only P300.
Tournament starts at exactly 10:30 a.m. (

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