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Bobby Ang

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UAAP Season 81
2018-2019 UAAP Chess Team Tournament (Women)
1st Floor, QPAV Building, UST, España St., Manila
Sept. 19-Oct. 28, 2018

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY (DLSU), 43 pts, 23 match points

bd01 Mira Mirano 9/13, bd02 WIM Marie Antoinette San Diego 6/6, bd03 Ella Grace Moulic 11.5/14, bd04 Samantha Glo Revita 11.5/14, bd05 Franchell Eds Javier 4/7, bd06 Daphne Mae Dy 1/2. Team Captain: Mira Mirano, Team Coaches: FM Randy Segarra, Susan Grace Neri, Team Managers: Aurelio Family, George Barcelon, Gerardo Achacoso.

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES (UP), 29.5 pts, 19 match points

bd01 Ynna Sophia Canape 7.5/14, bd02 Jee-Ann Faye Barry 0/4, bd03 Geraldine Guyo 8.5/14, bd04 Justnin Macapuno 9.5/14, bd05 Martina Sophia Casiano 4/9, bd06 Queenie Rose Solis 0/1. Team Captain: Ynna Sophia Canape, Head Coach: FM Leonardo Carlos, Asst. Coach: WIM Catherine Perena-Secopito, Team Manager: Sol Marfori.

ADAMSON UNIVERSITY (AdU), 28.5 pts, 16 match points

bd01 Bonalyn Ornido 3/9, bd02 Jellie Ann Magro 10/14, bd03 Jean Paula dela Cruz 5.5/12, bd04 Abigail Tamundong 7.5/14, bd05 Jashua Patria 2.5/7. Team Captain: Jullie Ann Magro, Team Coach: Christopher Rodriguez.

UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST (UE), 28 pts, 15 match points

bd01 Virgenie Ruaya 8/14, bd02 Monaliza Geronimo 0/2, bd03 Cristhina Ann Medenilla 7/14, bd04 Kimberly Chu 4.5/13, bd096 Isabel Palibino 8.5/13. Team Captain: Virgenie Ruaya, Head Coach: John Perzeus Orozco.

UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS (UST), 25 pts, 14 match points

bd01 Glenderlyn Anana 4/11, bd02 Highzzy Manaloto 9.5/14, bd03 Cyamir Jill Villanueva 2/9, bd04 Mary Ann Alcantara 7.5/14, bd05 Charlotte Britney Paez, 2/5, bd06 Hilary Claire Murillo 0/3. Team Captain: Highzzy Manaloto, Team Coach: IM Ronald Dableo, Team Manager: Michaela Concio.

FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY (FEU), 24.5 pts, 8 match points

bd01 Enrica Villa 7/13, bd02 Marife dela Torre 7/13, bd03 Viona Nepascua 3.5/9, bd04 Babylyn Salanga 2/6, bd05 Janin Crisologo 2/6, bd06 Jemima Valdez 3/9. Team Captain: Michelle Yaon, Team Coach: GM Jayson Gonzales, Team Manager: Atty. Ruel Canobas, Asst. Team Manager: WFM Shania Mae Mendoza.

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (NU), 23.5 pts, 10 match points

bd01 Mary Rose Trono 0/1, bd02 Jemelee Oandasan 5/12, bd03 Ma. Kathrine Grace Almodal 3/12, bd04 Lovely Iris Reyes 7.5/13, bd05 Kisha Marie D. Flores 3.5/10, bd06 Charmaine Lilan Manga 4.5/8. Team Captain: Lovely Iris Reyes, Team Coach: Jose Aquino Jr, Asst. Coach: Mark Anthony Bernales, Team Manager: Samson Go, Manny Go.

ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY (ADMU), 22 pts, 7 match points

bd01 Jillian Jay Feliciano 1/7, bd02 Alexis Anne Osena 7.5/14, bd03 Merlene Membrere 5.5/14, bd04 Laila Camel G. Nadera 7/14, bd05 Ma. Minella Christine Sandoval 1/7. Team Captain: Jillian Jay Feliciano, Team Coach: IM Yves Ranola, Team Managers: Bernice Ty, Maegan Lim, Brena Mae Membrere.

Individual Medal Awardees

Most Valuable Player: Mira Mirano, DLSU

Rookie of the Year: Samantha Glo Revita, DLSU

Board 1
Gold — Mira Mirano, DLSU 9/13
Silver — Virgenie Ruaya, UE 8/14
Bronze — Enrica Villa, FEU 7/13

Board 2
Gold — Highzzy Manaloto UST, 9.5/14
Silver — Marife dela Torre FEU, 7/13
Bronze — Alexis Anne Osena, ADMU 7.5/14

Board 3
Gold — Ella Grace Moulic, DLSU 11.5/14
Silver — Julie Ann Magro, AdU 10/14
Bronze — Geraldine Guyo, UP 8.5/14

Board 4
Gold — Samantha Glo Revite, DLSU 11.5/14
Silver — Justnin Macapuno, UP 9.5/14
Bronze — Lovely Iris Reyes, NU 7.5/13

Board 5
Gold — Isabel Palibino, UE 8.5/13
Silver — Franchell Eds Javier, DLSU 4/7
Bronze — Abigail Tamundong, AdU 7.5/14

Board 6
Gold — Charmain Lilan Manga, NU 4.5/8
Silver — Jashua Patria, AdU 2.5/7
Bronze — Jemima Valdez, FEU 3/9

Last year WIM Bernadette Galas played top board for De La Salle University in the UAAP Women’s Team Championship and scored 12/13, leading the Lady Archers to the team gold and winning for herself board 1 gold honors as well as the overall Most Valuable Player award.

Her teammate WIM (Woman International Master) Marie Antoinette San Diego did very well too — she won the individual gold on 3rd board with a mind-boggling 12.5/13 score.

So what happens with the defending champion DLSU team this year when WIM Galas is no longer available to play and WIM San Diego misses more than half of the event because she is representing the Philippines in the Women’s Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia?

Apparently, no problem at all. Ms. Tonette San Diego could only play 6 games but whitewashed her opponents 6/6. WCM Mira Mirano had 9/13 on top board and replicated Bernadette Galas’s feat last year — Mira was the individual gold medalist on board 1 and was declared the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Most Valuable Player. Then there is their 3rd board Ella Grace Moulic, 11.5/14 on 3rd board and likewise individual gold medalist.

DLSU added new players WFM Samantha Glo Revita, Daphne Mae Dy and Franchell Eds Javier and they all did well, especially the talented Rosales, Pangasinan product Glo Revita, a veteran of the Age Group competitions in Southeast Asia where she won several gold medals in previous years. Here in her debut season she was 11.5/14 on board 4, also an individual gold-medal winning performance.

No other school could keep up with De La Salle University and the players from Taft wound up with 43 pts out of a maximum of 56, a full 13.5 points ahead of the second-player UP Lady Maroons. This might be the biggest winning margin ever in the history of the UAAP. Really impressive performance — let us take a look at their games.

[UST] MANALOTO, Highzzy G. — [DLSU] WIM SAN DIEGO, Marie Antoinette M. [A36]

2018–19 UAAP Chess (WOMEN) 1st Flr., QPAV Bldg., UST, Es (11.1), 20.10.2018

Tonette gets the jump on White in the opening from which her opponent does not recover.

1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 Bg7 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 a6 6.Nge2 b5

A Benko Gambit-like sacrifice specifically targeted against the Botvinnik formation (pawns on c4 and e4, knights on c3 and e2 with fianchettoed bishop on g2) of White. It scores well for Black.

7.cxb5 axb5 8.0–0

Taking the pawn is not recommended. After 8.Nxb5 Ba6 9.Nec3 (9.Nbc3 Bd3 10.0–0 Nb4) 9…Qa5 10.a4 (10.Na3 Ne5 White will have difficulty castling) 10…Bxc3 11.dxc3 Bxb5 12.axb5 Qxa1 13.bxc6 dxc6 both sides have chances but I think most people would prefer Black here. Lagopatis, N. (2182)-Navara, D. (2715) Achaia 2013 0–1 53.

8…Ba6 9.Re1

White goes into passive play. The position calls for dynamic play, something like 9.e5! Bxe5 10.Ne4 c4 (10…d6?! is what White is trying to provoke, to be met by 11.Nxc5!) 11.d4! cxd3 12.Nf4 it is going to be an exciting game.

9…e6 10.Nf4 Nge7 11.Bf1 Nd4 12.Kg2 Nec6 13.Nce2 b4 14.Nxd4 Nxd4 15.Ne2?

[15.Bxa6 is almost forced]

15…Bxe2 16.Bxe2 b3 17.Bd3

[17.a3 Nc2]

17…0–0 18.a3 d5 19.Bb1 dxe4 20.Bxe4 Ra7 21.Rb1 f5 22.Bf3 e5


Clearly White is about to be overrun by Black’s pawns.

23.d3 Nc2 24.Rf1 Rd7 25.Bc6 Rxd3 26.Qe2 c4

White’s bishop is stranded with nowhere to go. Black will continue …e5–e4 and …Nc2–d40f3.

27.Ba4 Qa8+ 28.f3 Qxa4 29.Bg5 h6 30.Be7 Ne3+ 31.Kh3 Re8 32.Bb4 f4 33.Rg1 Qd7+ 34.g4 h5 35.Kh4 Bf6+ 36.g5 Nf5+ 37.Kh3 Nd4+ 0–1

Samantha “Glo” Revita was obviously too strong for board 4. She caught several of her opponents in opening traps. For those who survive the opening she gets to display her endgame skills.

[DLSU] REVITA, Samantha Glo C. — [NU] FLORES, Kisha Marie D. [A45]

2018–19 UAAP Chess (WOMEN) 1st Flr., QPAV Bldg., UST, España (10.1), 14.10.2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 Be7 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bxe7 Qxe7 6.c4 Nf4 7.Nc3 d6 8.g3 Ng6 9.f4 dxe5 10.dxe5 0–0 11.Bg2 Rd8 12.Qe2 Na6 13.Nf3 Bd7 14.0–0 Bc6 15.Rfd1 Nc5 16.b4 Na4 17.Nxa4 Bxa4 18.Rxd8+ Rxd8 19.a3 Qd7 20.Ra2 Bd1 21.Qe3 Bxf3 22.Bxf3 b6 23.Kf2 Qd4 24.Rc2 Ne7 25.Be4 Kf8 26.Qxd4 Rxd4 27.Ke3 Rd1 28.Rd2 Rxd2 29.Kxd2

White’s only plus is the slightly weakened Black queenside pawns. Surprisingly enough she quickly turns this into a big advantage.

29…h6 30.Kc3 Ke8 31.c5 Kd7 32.Kc4 c6 33.cxb6 axb6 34.a4 Kc7 35.a5 bxa5?

Correct is 35…Kb7! perhaps Kisha Flores was afraid of 36.b5 but then 36…bxa5 37.Kc5 Kc7 38.bxc6 a4 the white king has to go pick up the a-pawn and Black’s forces will in turn capture White’s c6–pawn.

36.bxa5 Nc8 37.Kc5 Ne7 38.a6 Nd5 39.Bh7 Ne7 40.Be4 Nd5 41.a7 Kb7 42.a8Q+ Kxa8 43.Kxc6 Ne3 44.Kd7+ Kb8 45.Ke7 Nf1 46.Kxf7 Nxh2 47.Kxe6 Kc8 48.Kf7 Ng4 49.e6 1–0


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.