Filipinos in Kocaeli

Chess Piece
Bobby Ang

Posted on October 07, 2013

World Junior Chess Championship
Kocaeli, Turkey
Sept. 13-26, 2013

Final Top Standings

1. GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2662, 11.0/13

2. GM Alexander Ipatov TUR 2601, 10.5/13

3-4. GM Santosh Gujrathi Vidit IND 2565, GM Jorge Cori PER 2587, 9.5/13

5-7. GM SP Sethuraman IND 2553, IM Jahongir Vakhidov UZB 2385, GM Wei Yi CHN 2551, 9.0/13

Total of 118 participants

The 15-year-old Jerad Docena comes from a chessplaying family. His older brothers Levi, Jessie and Aries all played for Central Visayas Institute under full athletic scholarships for chess until they were chosen as full academic scholars by the Department of Science and Technology (DoST). Now they are all concentrating on their studies. Their younger brother Jerad though and sister Jedara both persevered with chess and have represented their country in international competition.

Jerad Docena, a 4th-year high school student of Wesleyan College of Manila won the Philippine Junior contest last August and got to go to Kocaeli to compete in the World Junior Chess Championship. Although he did not do so well (55th place with an even score, 6.5/13) he is, after all, only 15 years of age and can participate five more times in the competition. I am betting that he will soon make a good name for himself.

Let me show you one of his games.

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Arvola, Benjamin (2354) -- Docena, Jerad (2227) [E24]
WChJr 2013 Kocaeli (9.33), 22.09.2013

FM Benjamin Arvola is the Junior Champion of Norway.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3

The Nimzo-Indian Saemisch. White usually ends up wih doubled c-pawns here but he gets a strong center.


This move does not have a good reputation. Usually seen is either 4...d5 or 4...c5.


If White tries to punish Black’s last move he can try 5.e4 d5 although after 6.cxd5 exd5 7.e5 Nh5 8.Be3 g6 9.Bb5 Bd7 Black gets exactly what he wants -- a tactical slugfest.

5...Bxc3+ 6.bxc3

Black should now put pressure on the c4 -- pawn by means of ...b6, ...Ba6, ...Na5, ...c7 -- c5, etc.


Here is a nice game you should know about -- White completely ignores Black’s counters on the queenside and goes straight for the king: 6...0 -- 0 7.e4 Ne8 8.Bd3 b6 9.Nh3 Ba6 10.e5 Na5 11.Ng5!? f5 12.f4 h6 13.Qh5 hxg5 14.fxg5 g6 15.Qxg6+ Ng7 16.Qh6 Qe7 17.g6 Ne8 18.0 -- 0 Qg7 19.Qg5 Nb3 20.Rf3 Nxa1 21.Rh3 Nf6 22.Rh6 Bb7 23.Bf4 d6 24.h4 Bc6 25.exf6 Qxf6 26.Qg3 Be8 27.h5 Nb3 28.Rh7 1 -- 0 Berkes, F (2647)-Lysyj, I (2617)/Martuni 2009.

7.e4 Ba6 8.Bg5 Na5 9.e5 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bf2 Nh5

This retreat has a better reputation than 11...Nh7 which can be met by 12.f4! Qe7 (12...Bxc4 13.Bxc4 Nxc4 is unclear) 13.Nf3 gxf4?! 14.Bd3! Ng5 15.h4 White has good compensation. Spassky, B-Nikolaevsky, Y/ Moscow 1963 1 -- 0 (40).

12.Qa4 f5 13.g3 Qc8 14.d5 exd5 15.cxd5 Bxf1 16.Kxf1 Qa6+ 17.Kg2 Rg8 18.Qc2

[18.e6 is only optically strong. After 18...0 -- 0 -- 0 19.exd7+ Rxd7 20.Rd1 g4 21.f4 Nf6 Black’s pieces will soon be swarming over white’s king]

18...Ng7 19.Ne2 0 -- 0 -- 0 20.Nd4 Qc4 21.Qa2

[21.Nxf5 Nxf5 22.Qxf5 g4! (Not 22...Qxc3? which falls under a strong attack after 23.Rac1 Qxa3 24.Qc2 c6 25.Ra1 Qb4 26.Rhb1 you get the picture) 23.Rhe1 Rdf8 Black’s attack comes first]

21...Rde8 22.Rhe1 Re7 23.Re2 Kb7 24.g4 Rf8 25.Rae1 fxg4 26.fxg4 Qxc3 27.d6 cxd6 28.Qd5+ Nc6 29.Nb5 <D>

Jerad now strikes hard.

29...Rxf2+! 30.Kxf2 Qc5+ 31.Qxc5 dxc5 32.Kg3 Ne6 33.Rf2 Nf4

This knight is stronger than a rook.

34.Nd6+ Kc7 35.Nf5 Re6 36.h4 Nd3 37.Rfe2 Nxe1 38.Rxe1 Rxe5 39.Rh1 Re6 40.hxg5 hxg5 41.Rh5 Rg6 42.Rh8 b5 43.Re8 a5 44.Kf3 b4 45.a4 c4 46.Re4 d5 0 -- 1

The pawn juggernaut cannot be stopped.

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World Junior Chess Championship (Women)
Kocaeli, Turkey
Sept. 13-26, 2013

Final Top Standings

1. WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina RUS 2418, 10.5/13

2. WIM Zhansaya Abdumalik KAZ 2277, 9.5/13

3-4. WGM Alina Kashlinskaya RUS 2434, WIM Mitra Hejazipour IRI 2256, 9.0/13

5-9. WGM Irina Bulmaga ROU 2387, WGM Deysi Cori PER 2433, WGM Dinara Saduakassova KAZ 2326, WGM Rout Padmini IND 2312, WIM Paula Andrea Rodriguez Rueda COL 2225, 8.5/13

Total of 77 participants

Jan Jodilyn Fronda finished in 28th place, which does not look very impressive but actually was a lot better than expected -- based on her rating the projected finish for her was 45th place.

Jan Jodilyn is a member of the De La Salle varsity women’s team and has the nickname “100%” since she achieved several perfect scores in collegiate competiton. Here in Kocaeli although heavily outrated the Lasallian fought hard in every game, did not agree to any quick draws and had six wins, two draws and five losses. This was equivalent to a performance rating of 2140.

Fronda added a whopping 27 points to her ELO of 2038. Here is a tactical slugfest against a strong Woman International Master.

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Zhai, Mo (2309) -- Fronda, Jan Jodilyn (2038) [B35]
WChJr (girls) 2013 Kocaeli (The Ness Hotel) (9.12), 22.09.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0 -- 0 8.Bb3

This is the Accelerated Dragon. Accelerated because Black wants to move her d7 -- pawn to d5 in one move rather than first to d6 and then to d5.

8...a5 9.0 -- 0 a4

A well-known trick to exchange her a-pawn for White’s central e4 -- pawn.

10.Nxa4 Nxe4 11.Nb5

The threat is Bb6 followed by Nc7.

11...d6 12.Qe2

If White continues with her plan of 12.Bb6 Qd7 13.Nc7 then 13...Rxa4! 14.Bxa4 Bxb2 15.Bb3 (White has to give back the exchange, otherwise 15.Rb1 Nc3) 15...Bxa1 16.Qxa1 Qf5 White’s incursion has been unsuccessful.

12...Nf6 13.Rfe1

I would have destroyed the white-squared bishop with 13.Nb6 followed by Nxc8, but then again that is just me.

13...Ra6 14.Rad1 Bd7 15.c4 Na5 16.Bc2 Be6 17.b3 Nc6 18.a3 Nd7 19.h4 h5

The rook on a6 is not doing much so perhaps 19...Rxa4!? 20.bxa4 Nde5 might be worth considering.

20.Bg5 Nde5?

I wonder if Jodilyn completely overlooked White’s next move or if she was provoking it?

21.Rxd6! Qb8?

Better was 21...Qc8 to keep an eye on her e6 -- bishop.

22.Rxe6! fxe6 23.Nc5 Ng4

Black does not have time for 23...Ra8? because of 24.f4! Ng4 25.Qxe6+ Rf7 (25...Kh8 26.Qxg6 Kg8 27.Qh7+ Kf7 28.Bg6#) 26.Qxg6 resigns

24.Qxe6+ Kh8 25.f4

[25.Qxg6?? Qh2+ 26.Kf1 Rxf2#]

25...Nd4 26.Nxa6 bxa6 27.Nxd4?

Zhai Mo must be kicking herself. 27.Qxg6 Nxc2 28.Rxe7 forces resignation.

27...Bxd4+ 28.Kh1?

Poor Zhai Mo. She saw that ...Rxf4 was coming and so hides her king on h1. Going to f1 was correct. 28.Kf1 Rxf4+ 29.Ke2 Bc3 30.Kd1! Qd8+ 31.Kc1 Qd2+ 32.Kb1 Black does not have a good follow-up anymore.

28...Rxf4! 29.g3

[29.Bxf4 Qxf4 30.Qc8+ Kg7 31.Rxe7+ Kh6 it is White who is mated]

29...Rf2 30.Re2 Qb7+ 31.Qe4 Rxe2! 0 -- 1

It turns out that after 32.Qxb7 comes 32...Rh2#.

We will close our report on Friday with some noteworthy games played in Kocaeli.

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