Friday, July 31, 2015

Pestaño: Chess para sa mga buta

Friday, July 31, 2015
MODUWA man gani ang mga buta kamo pa.
Naay grupo sa mga buta nga ang ngalan International Braille Chess Association (IBCA). Affiliated ni sa World Chess Federation. Naay sobra 50 ka nasud ang mga miyembro ug naa sad silay mga dagkong tournaments –the Blind Chess Olympiad ug Blind World Cup. Naa say tournaments kada tuig ang mga dagkong miyembro nga parehas sa Russia, USA, China ug India.
Ang founder sa IBCA mao si Reginald Walter Bonham niadtong 1958.
Ang mga buta moduwa og especial nga chess sets. 1. Ang mga piyesa nga itom mas taas kay sa puti ug 4mm ug naa say murag tungkoy sa taas.Inig hikap sa buta, mahibaw-an niya kon puti ug itom ba. 2.Kada square sa board naay lungag sa tunga para dili mahulog ug adto ibutang ang piyesa. 3. Ang tanan mga piyesa naay murag lansang sa ubos.
Isulti nila ang mga lihok ug isuwat sa scoresheet. Sa mga dagkong tournaments i-record ni sa usa ka tape recorder.
Ang primerong tournament sa mga buta didto giduwa sa Rheinbreitbach, Germany niadtong 1958. Ang champion mao si Bonham ug iya dayong gi-organize ang IBCA.
Ang primerong Olympiad para sa mga buta didto giduwa sa Meschede, Germany (1961). Ang Yugoslavia maoy champion.
Mao ni ang Olympiads para sa buta nga kung asa giduwa ug ang mga ni-champion: 1964 Kuhlongsborn Germany(Yugoslavia), 1972 Pula Crotia (Russia), 1976 Kourtane Finland (Russia), 1980 Noordwijkerhout Netherlands (Russia), 1985 Benidorm Spain (Russia), 1988 Zalagerszeg Hungary (Russia), 1992 Majorca Spain(Russia), 1996 Laguna Brazil (Russia), 2000 Zakopane Poland (Russia), 2004 Tarragona Spain (Poland) ,2008 Heraklion Crete (Russia), 2012 Chennai India (Russia).
Ang IBCA moapil pud sa regular nga chess Olympiads. Niadtong 2014 niapil sila sa 41st Olympiad sa Norway ug no. 78 sila sa 177 ka nasud. Mas maayo pa unta ang ilang resulta pero ang pinakamaayong player nila nga si Daniel Martin Pulvett (elo 2425 ) wa kaapil kay walay kuwarta gihatag ang gobiyerno.
Ang IBCA players nga niduwa sa Norway mao sila Pjotr Dukczewski, Yuri Mehskov, Jacek Stachanczyk, ug Oliver Mueller.
Ang mga babayeng buta niapil pud ug naka placed (82nd). Ang pinakamaayo moduwa nga si Daria Pustovoitova wala sad kaduwa kay naay sakit.Ang miyembro sa team sa mga babaye mao sila Lubov Zhitsova-Lisenko, Teresa Anna Stolarczyk, Debovska Shafiga Valner ug Yryna Zarubinskaya.
Naa say buta sa America nga unique moduwa ug chess. Si Albert Sandrin nga master na dili mohikap sa mga piesa. Isulti lang niya ang iyang lihok

Pestaño: China: A new super power in chess

Friday, July 31, 2015
ALTHOUGH China has player rated over 2,800 and none in the top 10, they have 11 players in the top 100 list as of July 2015. Only Russia has more (13) in the list.
Russia has been dominant in chess for the past five or six decades but is slowly losing ground to rising countries such as Ukraine, Armenia, India and especially China. With the transfer of Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana to the USA, the coming Olympiad in Azerbaijan next year will be something to watch.
China already has four women’s champion while their men’s team won the gold medal in the last Olympiad 2014 in Norway.
China’s rise has been rather late. All of their top players became prominent only in the last decade.
The Chinese government pays serious attention to sports (just like the USSR did), especially chess. In the 90s, the Chinese female players emerged in the world chess scene. Xie Jun became the women’s world champion and was later followed by Zhu Chen, Xu Yuhua and Hou Yifan. This resulted in the Chinese women’s team winning four Chess Olympiads in a row (1998-2004)!
The 2015 “Yin Zhou” Cup: China vs. Russia took place from July 14 to July 21, in Ningbo, one of China’s oldest cities.
The event was a friendly match between the men’s and women’s teams of the strongest countries in chess--Russia and China. Each team was represented by five male and five female players.
The Russia men’s team was composed of GM Peter Svidler (2740), GM Nikita Vitiugov (2734), GM Maxim Matlakov (2691), GM Vladimir Fedoseev (2664) and GM Daniil Dubov (2661), while the women’s team had GM Valentina Gunina (2548), WGM Olga Girya (2486), WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina (2486), WGM Natalija Pogonina (2465) and IM Alina Kashlinskaya (2432).
China’s men’s team had GM Yangyi Yu (2736), GM Yi Wei (2724), GM Xiangzhi Bu (2695), GM Shanglei Lu (2595) and IM Chen Wang (2521), while the women’s team ahd WGM Zhongyi Tan (2488), IM Yang Shen (2465), WGM Qian Huang (2457), WGM Tingjie Lei (2450) and WGM Yixin Ding (2439).
The event was played according to the Scheveningen System (every player plays each player in the opposing team) in five rounds and was split into men and women section.
China beat the Russian men’s team, 14-11, and the Russian women’s team, 15-10. The men’s team also won the initial blitz, 26-24, and 28-22.
CHINA’S TOP PLAYERS. ou Yifan is the former women’s champion and the highest rated female at 2675 (No. 64 in the world). She is the youngest ever to win the title. She forfeited her world title by declining to contest it in early 2015. But after winning the Fide Grand Prix 2014, she has qualified to challenge world champion Mariya Muzychuk to a 10-game World Championship match next year.
Ding Liren is rated No.14 in the world. At the age of 16, he became the youngest ever person to win the Chinese Chess Championship. In April 2011, he won the Chinese Chess Championship for the second time, and won the title again the next year at the age of 19.
Wang Yue became the World No. 11 in 2008, the highest ranking a Chinese player has ever achieved. He surpassed this after climbing to No. 9 in the January 2010 Fide rankings, becoming the first Chinese top 10 player. He is now rated No. 32 but has come back to his old form by winning the Chinese championship this year.
Weu Yi is considered the most exciting player now. On March 1, 2013 he won his final GM norm at the Reykjavik Open, becoming, at the age of 13 years, 8 months and 23 days, the youngest GM in the world at that time, and the fourth youngest in history. He is rated No. 29 in the world now at 2724 and is still 16 years old! Many think he will become a world champion before age 21.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pestaño: Chess in the Olympics and a wedding

 Thursday, July 23, 2015
EVER since I can recall, there have been several attempts to include chess in the Olympics. This started just after the last world war but the IOC has always stated that chess is not a sport.
It does not fit in the Olympic Motto of “Faster, higher, stronger!”
Another factor is the desire not to increase the size of the Games, since that puts additional burdens on host cities. So the general trend is to reduce the number of events, not increase them. For example, baseball has been dropped.
It is also pointed out that if you include mind games, then bridge, scrabble, poker and Go should also be recognized. These are not sports but games. What is the difference between a sport and a game? And what qualifies a sport to be an Olympic sport? Is it all just a question of semantics?
Finally, there already is a Chess Olympiad, held since 1924.
Most would agree that chess as a sport is a grey area. But the hybrid sport chess-boxing is certainly a sport so chess can enter into this category. The WCBO (World Chess Boxing Orgnization) is lobbying the International Olympic Committee to include chess-boxing as an Olympic event within the next decade.
The most active Fide president who was hoping that chess would be included was Filipino Florencio Campomanes in the 80s and 90s. Now his replacement Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has pressed the case harder.
Kirsan just recently visited South Korea, the host of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, and met Choi Moon-soon, the governor of Gangwon and the president of the Organizing Committee of Games 2018 in Pyeongchang. The meeting was organized in the presence of the Korean Chess Federation and its president Hyun In Suk.
Following up on the recent successful meeting with the IOC President Thomas Bach, Ilyumzhinov informed the governor about the minimal requirements needed for chess competition.
“Chess does not require the construction of separate infrastructure with its high costs and is notable for its organizational flexibility. At the same time, it can attract the attention of a very large audience, especially foreigners. This makes it very important for the local tourism industry.”
Choi Moon-soon was obviously pleased with the presentation and as the head of the Organizing Committee of the Winter Olympic Games 2018 invited Fide to participate in the Games as a demonstration sport.
Kirsan said “I am happy that the negotiations with the IOC were successfully completed. I think this is a victory. All new Olympic sports were first included in the status of exhibition. This is a required first step.”
So after being a demonstration sport, it will soon be regular in the Winter Games. The next step is the Summer Games, where chess really belongs.
Mark and Mary. I have been to lot of weddings but the one I attended last Saturday was certainly fun, lively and entertaining. It was elegant, romantic and intimate. This was planning at the highest level and well-organized.
Mary Grace Muralla is 24 years old and the only child of Romualdo and Nennen Muralla Jr. She is a Graduate of Business Administration Major in Human Resource Management and currently working in Support Save Solutions.
Mark Eric Amores is 25 years and eldest son of Eugene and Lourdes Amores. A graduate of Information Technology he is working in PAL.
It was a love story 10 years in the making—a very long journey but worth the wait. Strengthened by the power of God’s love, the puppy love became true love.
The father of the bride, Jojo Muralla, is a past Cepca president for two terms and one of my best friends.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Pestaño: Changes among the top players

 Friday, July 17, 2015
AS OF the July 14 live ratings list, there are now five players with ratings over 2800, the first time that this has happened and the changes has been substantial.
The top five players are Magnus Carlsen (2853), Viswaathan Anand (2816), Veselin Topalov (2816), Hikaru Nakamura (2814) and Fabiano Caruana (2808). I am optimistic that Wesley So will join the 2800 club this year.
The July rating list is especially interesting as it reflects the results of the Norway Chess tournament held last month in Stavanger. One of the big changes has been Carlsen, who lost a massive 23 points in Norway. He still holds a rating better than anyone has ever had as Garry Kasparov’s highest published rating was 2851.
Anand, who defeated Carlsen in Norway, improved by 12 points and is once again considered as a serious contender to be world champion.
Topalov, who was champion in Norway, went up 18 points. The Bulgarian player significantly improved his chances to qualify for the 2016 Candidates’ Tournament.
This is the highest rating in his career and he is now 40 years old! His previous best had been 2813, both attained in 2006 and 2010.
Hikaru Nakamura had a must win over Aronian in the last round in Norway and finished tied for second with Anand behind Topalov.
Fabiano Caruana is now down to world No. 5 after being second for quite some time and as he went below 2800. However, he recovered after a brilliant win in Dortmund Sparkassen. He is followed by Dutch GM Anish Giri, who dropped to No. 10 last month but is firmly at No. 6 now after gaining 18 Elo points. Giri’s rating three months ago was over 2800.
Alexander Grischuk and Levon Aronian (previously 2805) both dropped two places after losing points in Norway and are at No. 10 and No. 15, respectively.
The big winners in the top 100 this month include Yu Yangyi (up from No. 35 to No. 20 after gaining 21 points) and Igor Kovalenko (up from No. 85 to No. 60 after gaining 25 points).
Last month, Wesley had a four-game match with David Navara 2751 and had a surprisingly easy result with two wins and two draws
I was expecting Wesley to reach 2800 in his last tournament at Dortmund Sparkassen last week but he had a see-saw performance. He lost to Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (2654) and Naiditsch, Arkadij (2722) but had wins over Ian Nepomniachtchi (2720), Vladimir Kramnik (2783) and Caruana, who was the eventual winner with an incredible 1.5 point-lead over the field.
There are only two women who are over 2600 in live ratings--Judit Polgar (2675), who has already expressed her intention to retire, and current women’s champion Hou Yifan (2671). The next three women are Koneru Humpy (2585), Dzadnidze (2573) and Ju Wenjun (2550).
Mariya Nuzychuk (2528) will challenge Hou for the world championship having won the knockout tournament this year.
However after obtaining a venue in Lviv, Ukraine, the match has been moved to March 2016. The two have played only two classical chess games against each other. One game ended in a draw, the other was won by Hou, who had the black pieces.
Cepca. Our July tournament will be on the 26th at our usual venue, Handuraw Gorordo at 2 p.m. Invited are some ladies varsity players to add spice to the tournament. Also playing will be the children of members.
The winners last month in the A group was Tony Cabibil, who won over second placer Arnold Cadiz .The other early qualifiers in the “Battle of Champions” this December are Rey Flores, Peterson Sia, Rosendo Yamyamin, and Jimmy Ty Jr, the defending champion.
Romy Pialan had 4.5 points to join Regelito Hortelano, Ruel Hortelano, Jun Kidlat, Elmer Odango, and Jojo Paredes into the championship stage this December in the B group.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Pestaño: Comparing earnings in poker and chess

 Friday, July 10, 2015
IN recent years, a steady stream of chess masters have taken up poker as a way to earn additional income. Chess players who have been successful to name a few are Jeff Sarwer, Ylon Scwartz, Dan Harrington, Almira Skripchenko, Dinara Khaziveva, James Obst, Alexander Grischuk and my topic last week Walter Browne.
There are many more. In fact, poker Listings has cited chess players as the most successful group in poker. Locally, examples are Cepca members Ben Dimaano, Ruel Hortelano and Nicnic Climako and Renante dela Cerna (also a national scrabble champion), Galileo Roma, IM Kimkim Yap and chessmoso.
The biggest tournaments ,both in attendance and prize money, is the World Series of Poker (WSOP) currently on-going. It started during the last week of May and will end in the second week of July every year. This year is the 46th edition and consists of 67 events with buy-ins ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Prizes depend upon the number of entrants, which ranges from about 2,000 to 8,773 for the main event (record in 2006).
The winner of the WSOP Main Event is considered as the world champion of poker. It started the other day and will last for four days.
If close to 7,000 people enter like they did last year, the top winner could earn an $8 million prize and a gold bracelet that tournament organizers value at $500,000.
The 2006 Main Event, won by Jamie Gold, was the largest single poker tournament by prize pool and by entrant numbers in history; Gold pocketed $12 million for his victory.
However, the all-time leader is currently Antonio Esfandiari, who has not won a Main Event. He collected a record-breaking first prize of $18.3 million in July 2012 when he won The Big One for One Drop, a charitable WSOP event with a $1 million buy-in. The players in second and third place in the all-time earnings list, Daniel Colman and Daniel Negreanu, have also yet to win a Main Event in Las Vegas, although Negreanu won the inaugural WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event in 2013. They finished in the top two places in the 2014 Big One for One Drop event, winning $15.3 million and $8.3 million respectively.
Online poker is also big money. The top five lifetime winners are Phil Ivey ($19,242,000), Patrik Antonius ($11,315,000), Phil Galfond ($10,035,000), Di Dang ($7,411,000) and Daniel Cates ($7,299,000).
A single win in poker alone is much more than the combined total earnings of the top 10 chess players in the world. There is also a large gap between the two players who have participated in the World Chess Championship match (Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand), and everyone else. The total estimated prizewinnings of the world’s top 10 chess players has increased from $5,360,000 in 2012 to $7,510,000 in 2013. There are no figures available for 2014.
Carlsen won an estimated $2,200,000 and Anand $1,500,000. The rest of the top 10 are Fabiano Caruana ($640,000), Vladimir Kramnik ($600,000), Levon Aronian ($500,000), Sergey Karjakin ( $450,000), Hikaru Nakamura ($440,000), Boris Gelfand ($415,000), Veselin Topalov ($390,000) and Peter Svidler ($315,000). Wesley So also won the biggest prize of $100,000 in a Swiss event in Las Vegas last year.
However there is a catch here. The entry fees of poker are up to 10 times that of chess (take note of the $1million buy-in in the Big One for One Drop !) .In fact, the buy-ins plus re-buys and sometimes add-ons determine the prizes in poker, unlike in chess where the big prizes are paid for by sponsors.
Also top chess players are usually given appearance fees and refund of expenses for big tournaments but not in poker.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Pestaño: Walter Browne: chess and poker legend

Friday, July 03, 2015
WALTER Browne may not be a household name, but he is a rock star and a legend in the world of chess and poker. He died in his sleep a few days ago and passed away as the reigning US senior champion.
Walter was not only one of the most dominant players in the 70s and 80s when my interest in chess was at its highest, but was also a professional poker player.
As most of my friends know, my time is equally divided between chess and poker.
He was the most dominant US player after the Bobby Fischer era, having won his first national championship in 1974 and five more by 1983. For five decades, Browne managed to balance twin careers in chess and poker. Sometimes, he even played poker and chess in the same weekend.
Only Fischer and Sammy Reshevsky have won more American titles. Browne also captured the US Junior Championship in 1971. He won most of the prestigious Swiss events, including two US Opens, seven American Opens, and three World Opens. He won more Swiss tournaments than any other American player. He also won Wijk aan Zee in 1974 and 1980.
Browne was also a true poker professional. He supported himself, aside from chess, by playing cash-games poker across the country. His tournament résumé is also impressive. According to the Card Player database, “He has earned more than $280,000 on the tournament circuit, with six WSOP cashes and four WSOP final tables — including a second-place finish in the 2007 $2,500 Horse event for $131,445.”
Famous instructor and historian Bruce Pandolfini says, “Walter was a truly remarkable chess player and a great game player in general. He could play any game well. Scrabble, backgammon, poker, you name it. I remember the first time I ever saw him, he was just starting to make his mark on the New York chess scene. I didn’t know who he was, but here was this 14-year-old phenom destroying a local 2400 player at speed chess with such assuredness and composure, I wondered who the heck is that kid. I soon found out. Walter certainly put his permanent stamp on the history of the game we all love. What a talent.”
Yasser Seirawan also rememembers Walter, “I was playing in the group among top grandmasters in Wijk aan Zee, including Walter. I was often with him; we’d take walks together, we’d be talking about the tournament. We were quite close. Going into the last round I said, ‘Well, you got a big game tomorrow, Walter, you’re white with Viktor Korchnoi!’ Walter turned it immediately and said, ‘No! He’s the one who’s got a big game!’ Korchnoi was the No. 2 in the world at the time, behind Anatoly Karpov. It was this kind of combativeness that I’ll always remember.”
Norway Chess. Don’t look now but world champion Magnus Carlsen just had the worst result in his career last week. He lost to Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana and countryman Jon Ludwig Hammer, who is more than 200 Elo points behind him. As a result he lost a massive 23 rating points. Topalov was the winner and went home with $75,000.
Cepca. As part of our chess development program, we donated five chess sets to the Tejero Elementary School last Wednesday.
Present were the school principal Michael Cabase and assistant principal Neri Calago. Also present were the chess coaches of the school--Rufa Buendia and Tita Riego--and close to a 100 students.
After a short program, members Jun Olis, Ruel Hortelano, Therese dela Torre and president Jerry Maratas played simul chess with 20 students. There was one winner, Blessy Anne Hortelano, and all the players were given cash prizes.
Also present was IM Kimkim Yap.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 03, 2015.