Tuesday, July 26, 2011


FCPL Pre-Ramadan Blitz Chess Tournament on Friday (July 29)

What: FCPL Pre-Ramadan Blitz Chess Tournament
Where: Reef Mall (Lower ground basement), Deira, Dubai, UAE
When: July 29 (Friday), 2011, from 2 pm onwards
Tournament Format: 7 Rounds, Swiss System.
Time Control: 5 minutes plus 3 seconds per move from move one. (7 minutes for clocks without increment)
Prizes: Top 3 winners and top performers in each rating category
Registration fee: Dh20
Email: fcpluae@gmail.com
Mobile: Jobannie (050-4674887), Larry (050-7032796)

The tournament is open to all Filipino expats in the UAE and to other nationalities


Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Invitation to FCPL November Tournament 2010

The Filipino Chess Players League-UAE will hold its November chess tournament on Friday (November 5, 2010) at Reef Mall.

Everyone is invited to attend.

For full details, please click below.


Saturday, October 30, 2010


Invitation to DUBAL Chess Club Team Tournament

Venue: DUBAL Fort Restaurant, Jebel Ali near Batutta Mall
Date: Nov. 19 (Friday), 2010
Format: Team competition with 3 players per team
Snacks and lunch will be provided to all participants for free
Top three teams will receive trophies, medals and cash prizes
Top board performers will receive medals
Transportation to and from the venue will be arranged
Deadline for registration is on Nov. 14, 2010
For queries, please contact: Choi (DUBAL chess club secretary) – 0504784586
Marcee (Expat Chess Club President) – 0508618734
Jobannie (FCPL) - 0504674887


Friday, October 08, 2010


October Chess Tournament (Update: photos with captions)

Tournament winners with FCPL officers

Former FCPL President Jhun Moneda fashioned out a come-from-behind championship finish in the FCPL October Chess Tournament 2010 held at Reef Mall in Dubai on October 1, Friday. Moneda scored a final-round victory over UK's Paul Dargan, the erstwhile solo leader who led the tournament from the onset, to post five points in six games. The champion rallied from a second-round loss to India's Mohamad Shareef, while Dargan scored 4.5 points in the first five rounds and would have claimed the title outright with just a draw in the final round.

The second-seeded Dargan settled for second place, edging out on tiebreaks fellow 4.5-pointers Tato Abdulla, who placed third, and Rocky Pabalan, who settled for fourth. Tournament top-seed Fide Master Antonio Molina Sr. was fifth with four points.

The special awards went to Richard Perez (Top Under-1900), Mel Cabangon (Top Under-1800), Kyle Cedric Dolor (Top Junior) and 5-year-old Shyam (Youngest Participant).

The tournament raised Dh 530, which was donated to the group of 84 Filipina cleaners in Ajman who are being helped by the Filipino community after they were abandoned by their employers since July and are left to stay in a villa in Ajman without water, electricity and salary. They are currently being assisted by legal representatives from the Philippine Consulate in a labor case they have filed against their employer.

Complete rankings

Round by Round Results

Photo Gallery

Tournament Champion Jhun Moneda receiving his award from tournament arbiter Jobannie C. Tabada
Tournament champion Jhun Moneda receives his prize from FCPL
President Jobannie C. Tabada, who also served as tournament arbiter

Paul Dargan - 1st runner-up
Paul Dargan - 1st runner-up

Tato Abdullah - 2nd runner-up
Tato Abdullah - 2nd runner-up

Richard Perez - Top Under-1900

Richard Perez - Top Under-1900

Mel Cabangon - Top-Under-1800
Mel Cabangon - Top Under-1800

Kyle Cedric Dolor - Top Junior
Kyle Cedric Dolor - Top Junior Player

Shyam - Youngest Participant
Shyam - Youngest Participant

Sibt Ali vs. FM Tony Molina, who survived being a piece
down in the middlegame to score the full point against
the luckless Pakistani in the fourth round. Ali was also
completely winning in the third round against Rocky Pabalan,
but squandered a pawn and quality advantage to drop the point.

Rocky Pabalan's never-say-die attitude leads to an improbable
victory in an otherwise completely lost endgame against Sibt Ali.

The championship encounter between Paul Dargan and
Jhun Moneda, 0-1.

The tournament hall

Second-seed Paul Dargan eking out a win in time trouble
against junior player Kyle Cedric Dolor in the first round.

Jops Mangaco vs. Mohamad Shareef, 1-0

Shyam vs. new FCPL campaigner Marlon Ladao, 0-1

Marlon Ladao (right) vs. Kyle Dolor, 1-0

Kiddie player Sunil (right) vs. Macky Ingcongan, 0-1

Top-seed FM Tony Molina vs. second-seed Paul Dargan
continuing their discussion in the Albin Counter Gambit.
The game ended in a draw, as was their previous encounter
in the same line in a tournament in Abu Dhabi.

Richard Perez vs. Molina, 1/2-1/2, after Perez, with less
than a minute on his clock, failed to capitalise on his
extra rook in this endgame.

FCPL top guns Rocky Pabalan vs. Tato Abdulla, 1/2-1/2

Dargan vs. Abdulla in the second round, 1-0. Dargan
sacrificed a pawn and the knight on c3. Abdullah got greedy,
which proved fatal as he did not have time to fully develop
his kingside and bring his king to safety.

The prizes and medals

The arbiter's table

More Photos in the Slide Show Below



Photoshop.com Album: October Tournament Winners

Tuesday, October 05, 2010


August Active Chess Tournament

Results of the FCPL August Active Chess Tournament at Reef Mall.

Final Standings After 6 Rounds

Photo Gallery

Tournament winners and officials (from left) Dennis Franco (6th), 
FCPL President Jobannie Tabada (3rd), FCPL VP Larry Dolor, 
Samer Mehdi (champion), Rajesh V (Top Kiddie), FCPL adviser 
Marz Marcial, Erwin Dimarucut (5th), Richard Perez (Top Under-1900), 
Marvin Marcos (4th) and Rolenson Loyola (2nd)

Tournament champion Samer Mehdi of Iran flanked 
by FCPL officials Larry Dolor (left) and Marz Marcial
 1st Runner-up Rolenson Loyola

Fifth placer Erwin Dimarucut
Top Under-1700 Edward Arieta

 Top Under-1800 Bonnie Bonifacio

Top Under-1900 Richard Perez

Top Kiddie Rajesh V

 Loyola battling Mohamad Asif of India in the first round. 
Loyola prevailed.
 Junior player Axel John Valerio victorious over Raymond Dolor 
in the first round.
 Bonnie and Eddie Dural sneaking in a blitz game 
in between rounds.
 Dennis Franco scores the full point over 
Marz Marcial in round 1.
 Kibitzers gather around as Macky Ingcongan (left) and 
Rolenson Loyola slug it out in a bishop and pawns endgame. 
Loyola missed a win in time trouble, while Ingcongan returned 
the favor by likewise missing a winning line.
The game ended in a draw.
 A closer inspection of the endgme.
 Ronald Pernez on the way to scoring a big upset win 
over top-seed Fide Master Antonio Molina Sr. in the 
first round. Molina was pressing for a win when he 
suffered a mental lapse to give away his 
queen without compensation.


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