Chess Piece
Bobby Ang

Posted on May 28, 2015

2014-2015 UAAP Chess Team Championship
4th Floor, Henry Sy Sr Hall, DLSU, Manila
Jan. 10-March 1, 2015

Final Standings
1. Dela Salle University (DLSU) 40.5/56. Team composition with points: bd01 Franz Robert Grafil 9.0/13, bd02 NM Jerad Docena 12.5/14, bd03 NM Giovanni Mejia 9.5/14, bd04 Aglipay 8 Oberio 5.0/9, bd05 Nigel Galan 4.5/6. Team Captain: Aglipay 8 Oberio. Team Coach: FM Randy Segarra, Susan Grace Neri. Team Manager: George Barcelon

2. Adamson University (AU) 37.0/56. Team composition with points: bd01 Ali Guya 4.5/11, bd02 Jerome Villanueva 8.0/14, bd03 Kevin Labog 11.5/14, bd04 Einnar Reyes 9.0/13, bd05 Juan Carlos Presente 4.0/4. Team Captain: Ali Guya. Team Coach: Christopher Rodriguez. Team Manager: Maria Luisa Isip.

3. University of Santo Tomas (UST) 33.5/56. bd01 Heirry Manaloto 3.5/12, bd02 Timothy John So Kua 9.5/14, bd03 Steven James Dacanay 9.0/14, bd04 Christian Anthony Flores 10.5/14, bd05 Michael Angelo Manansala 1.0/2. Team Captain: Steven James Dacanay. Team Coach: IM Ronald Dableo.

4. Far Eastern University (FEU) 30.5/56. bd01 Kevin Mirano 7.5/14, bd02 Paul Robert Evangelista 6.5/13, bd03 Jose Carlo Castro 9.0/14, bd04 Collier Graspela 7.5/14, bd03 Wilfred Vergel Neri 0/1. Team Captain: Kevin Mirano. Head Coach: GM Jayson Gonzales, IM Yves Ranola, NM Alex Milagrosa. Team Manager: Ruel Canobas

5. National University (NU) 30.5/56. bd01 Earl John Zamora 0/1, bd02 FM Austin Jacob Literatus 10/14, bd03 Neil Conrad Pondoc 2.0/5, bd04 Jefferson Mansanero 9.0/14, bd05 Vincent Joseph Fuerte 5.0/11, bd06 Rafael Caneda 4.5/11. Team Captain: Jefferson Mansanero. Team Coach: Jose Aquino, Jr. Team Managers: Samson Go, Manuel Go.

6. Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) 23.5/56. bd01 IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia 12.5/14, bd02 Louell Jude Que 4.5/14, bd03 Jayson Estores 0/1, bd04 Wilmart Ricki Yao 1.5/7, bd05 Anfernee Bonifacio 4.5/14, bd06 Mark Utah Diocon 0.5/6. Team Captain: IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia. Team Coach: NM Roland Joseph Perez. Team Manager: Margarita Llanes.

7. University of the Philippines (UP) 17.0/56. bd01 Jefferson Saltorio 0/6, bd02 Aldous Roy Coronel 5.0/13, bd03 Kristian Paolo Cristobal 4.0/13, bd04 Fernando Mendoza 4.5/11, bd06 Claudio Olar, Jr. 0.5/6, bd06 Justine David Corpin 3.0/7. Team Captain: Kristian Paolo Cristobal. Team Coach: FM Leonardo Carlos, WIM Catherine Perena-Secopito

8. University of the East (UE) 11.5/56. bd01 Jehoshapat Lemi 0/5, bd02 Christian Villegas 2.0/11, bd03 Jusmel Christian Fronda 2.5/9, bd04 Kenneth Flores 1.5/12, bd05 Sean Andrew Olan 2.0/10, bd0o6 John Dave Bonifacio 3.5/9. Team Captain: Christian Villegas. Team Coaches: Harold Mariano, Dr. Edgar Gonzales.

MVP -- NM Jerad Docena, DLSU

Rookie of the Year -- NM Jerad Docena, DLSU

Gold Medalists:

bd 1 -- IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia ADMU 12.5/14

bd 2 -- NM Jerad Docena DLSU, 12.5/14

bd 3 -- Kevin Labog AdU, 11.5/14

bd 4 -- Christian Anthony Flores UST, 10.5/14

bd 5 -- Nigel Galan DLSU, 5.0/7

bd 6 -- Justin David Corpin UP, 3/7

Silver Medalists:

bd 1 -- Franz Robert Grafil DLSU, 9.0/13

bd 2 -- FM Austin Jacob Literatus NU, 10.0/14

bd 3 -- NM Giovanni Mejia DLSU, 9.5/14

bd 4 -- Einnar Reyes AdU, 9.0/13

bd 5 -- Vincent Joseph Fuerte NU, 5.0/11

bd 6 -- Rafael Caneda NU, 4.5/11

Bronze Medalists:

bd 1 -- Kevin Mirano FEU, 7.5/14

bd 2 -- Timothy John So Kua UST, 9.5/14

bd 3 -- Steven James Dacanay UST, 9.0/14

bd 4 -- Jefferson Mansanero NU, 9.0/14

bd 5 -- Anfernee Bonifacio ADMU, 4.5/14

bd 6 -- John Dave Bonifacio UE, 3.5/9

The Philippines’ newest chess sensation Jerad Docena heralded his entry into the collegiate chess circuit with a bang.

Fourteen years ago, the spouses Crispin and Sabiniana of Tagbilaran, Bohol, spoke to their six children to give the bad news: their business had gone bankrupt and they would all have to help out to make ends meet. Jerad Docena was only three years old at that time, and he listened to his father telling them all that they have to study very hard and also choose a sport and excel in it, for it is only through scholarships, either academic or athletic, that they would be able to finish their schooling.

It appears that the Docena children took the advice to heart, especially for Jedara, Jerad and Jesca, for soon the three of them starting taking home medals and trophies in chess competitions.

Jerad graduated second honor in elementary and up to now continues to be on top of his classes. In chess he also did really well. At age seven (Grade 1) he became the youngest chess player to compete in the Palarong Pambansa and at eight years of age he won his first national championship in the under-10 years old category.

He continued to excel in regional and national competitions and was accepted as a High School scholar in the Wesleyan College of Manila of Bohol. At 15 years of age, Jerad won the Philippine National Junior Championship, a competition for 20-years-old and under players.

Last year, Jerad graduated from high school and enrolled in De la Salle University in Taft. The chess team of DLSU immediately recruited him into the school team. As a rookie he was assigned to second board and in the UAAP Chess Team competition played in every round, scoring 12 wins 1 draw and 1 loss for 12.5/14. This, together with the stellar performances of Franz Robert Grafil, Giovanni Mejia (another highly regarded rookie from La Salle Greenhills), Aglipay Oberio and Nigel Galan, powered Dela Salle University to dethrone defending champion FEU as the top dog of Philippine collegiate chess.

Jerad Docena was also awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, the Rookie of the Year Award and also another gold medal as the best in Board 2. In other words he won them all in his first year in college.

Let us take a look at one of his games.

Que, Louell Jude -- Docena, Jerad
2014-15 UAAP Chess (MEN) Henry Sy Sr Hall, DLSU (9.2), 15.02.2015 [A61]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.h3

This little move introduces the Modern Variation, nowadays one of White’s most popular ways of meeting the Modern Benoni. The main point is that Black is not allowed to play ...Bg4 and swap off his “problem” piece.


The trendy line here now is 8.e4 0-0 9.Bd3 b5!? with no less than former world champion Veselin Topalov and the late Vugar Gashimov as its disciples. I guess Louell wanted to avoid any such nonsense -- his next move, although rare, completely obliterates the ...b7-b5 possibility.

8.Qa4+ Nbd7 9.Bf4 0-0 10.e3

[10.Bxd6? Nb6 wins the wayward bishop]

10...a6 11.Qb3 Qe7 12.a4 Nh5 13.Bh2 f5 14.Be2 f4 15.exf4?

For better or worse 15.0-0 had to be played. After 15...fxe3 16.fxe3 b5! (Not 16...Qxe3+ 17.Kh1 Bxc3 which seems to win the bishop on e2, but 18.Qxc3 Qxe2 19. Rae1 the queen is lost) 17.axb5? (17.Rae1 is best) 17...Qxe3+ 18.Kh1 Bxc3 19.Qxc3 Qxe2 20. Rae1 Black’s queen can now escape with 20...Qxb5.

15...Nxf4 16.Bxf4 Rxf4 17.0-0 Ne5 18. Rae1 <D>


And now the final assault.

18...Bxh3! 19.Bd1

[19.gxh3 Rxf3]

19...Bxg2 20.Rxe5

[20.Kxg2 Rxf3 21.Rxe5 Bxe5 22.Kxf3 (22.Bxf3 Qg5+ 23.Kh3 Qf4 with forced mate) 22...Rf8+ 23.Ke4 Bxc3+ is a rout]

20...Bxe5 21.Kxg2 Rxf3 22.Rh1 Rxf2+ 23.Kxf2 Rf8+ 24.Ke2 Bf4+ 25.Kd3 Qe3+ 26.Kc2 Qc1+ 27.Kd3 Qd2+ 28.Kc4 Qd4# 0-1

Docena, Jerad -- Mansanero, Jefferson [B52]
2014-15 UAAP Chess (MEN) Henry Sy Sr. Hall, DLSU (5.2), 31.01.2015

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nc6 6.c3 Nf6 7.Qe2 e6 8.d3 Be7 9.a3 0-0 10.b4 cxb4 11.axb4 a6 12.Nbd2 Qc7 13.Nb3 d5 14.e5 Nd7 15.d4 Na7 16.Nc5 Nb5 17.Qd3 Rfc8 18.Bg5 Nf8 19.Bxe7 Qxe7 20.c4!

At this point Jerad must have intended to give up his rook for the knight and two queenside pawns already, as now there is no turning back.

20...dxc4 21.Qxc4 b6 22.Rxa6! Rxa6 23.Qxb5 Raa8 24.Qxb6 Rab8 25.Qa6 Qd8

[25...Rxb4?? 26.Qxc8]

26.Rb1 Rb6 27.Qc4 Rcb8 28.h4 Qd5 29.Qxd5 exd5 30.Nd3 Ne6 31.Rc1 h6 32.Kf1 Ra8 33.Rc3 Ra2 34.g3 Kh7 35.h5 g6 36.hxg6+ Kxg6 37.Nh4+ Kg5 38.Rc8!

Suddenly there are mating threats.


[38...h5 is probably best, although he might still be lost]

39.Rg8+ Kh5 40.Nf5!

Threatening 41.g2-g4 mate.

40...Ng5 41.f3

Threatening both g2-g4 and Nf4 mate and this time there is no defense.

41...Ra1+ 42.Ke2 Ra2+ 43.Ke3 1-0

A few weeks ago I spent an afternoon with GM Eugene Torre and two founders of the Philippine Chess Society, namely Elmer Sangalang and Horacio Templo. We touched on the topic of who among the youngsters have the potential to be international grandmasters. The consensus was both Jan Emmanuel Garcia and Paulo Bersamina have the necessary ingredients. Well, after seeing his games we have got to include the name of Jerad Docena in this list.

Bobby Ang is a founding member of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and its first Executive Director. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), he taught accounting in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) for 25 years and is currently Chief Audit Executive of the Equicom Group of Companies.