Tuesday, May 30, 2006


37th World Chess Olympiad - Update

by Emman

Watch the exciting games at the 37th World Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy and spy on the Philippine team with their brilliant moves as well as their shocking defeats.

Philippine Men's Team

Board 1: GM Mark Paragua (2617)
Board 2: GM Eugene Torre (2543)
Board 3: GM Joey Antonio (2539)
Board 4: IM Darwin Laylo (2406)
Alternate 1: FM Oliver Dimakiling (2452)
Alternate 2: FM Wesley So (2254)

Games: Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5, Round 6, Round 7, Round 8

Standing after round 9: 36th
Score: 20.5

Round 10 pairing: Philippines -v- Malaysia (White -v- Black)

Board 1: GM Mark Paragua (2617)-v- IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (2412)
Board 2: FM Lim Yee Weng (2330)-v- GM Eugene Torre (2543)
Board 3: GM Joey Antonio (2539) -v- Chuah Hin Hai Jonathan (2216)
Board 4: FM Anas Nazreen Bakri (2221) -v- FM Oliver Dimakiling (2452)

Philippine Women's Team

Board 1: WFM Sheerie Joy Lomibao (2163)
Board 2: Catherine Perena
Board 3: Sherily Cua (1954)
Alternate: WIM Beverly Mendoza (2132)

Games: Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5, Round 6, Round 7, Round 8

Standing after round 9: 40th
Score: 14.5

Round 10 Pairing: Albania -v- Philippines (White -v- Black)

Board 1: Eglantina Shabanaj (2140) -v- Catherine Perena
Board 2: Sherily Cua (1954) -v- Roela Pasku (1892)
Board 3: Alda Shabanaj (2037) -v- WIM Beverly Mendoza (2132)


Tuesday, May 23, 2006


FCPL Programme of Activities

MAY 2006

1. Friday, 26 May 2006 - FCPL Monthly Rapid Chess Tournament

· Invite: All FCPL members and non-members
· Prize: Trophy plus cash to top 3 finisher
· Venue: Reef Mall, Dubai
· Time: 1:00pm (Sharp)
· Registration Fee: Dhs. 30.00
· No. of Participants: 40 (anticipated)
· 7 rounds swiss system with 15 mins time control
· For registration, please contact Mel Cabangon at 050 7289059

2. Friday, 26 May 2006 - Ambassadors Cup / Abu Dhabi

· For registration and details, please contact Willie Ortiz at 050 6674175

JUNE 2006

1. Friday, 2 June 2006 - FCPL Junior Rapid Chess Tournament

· Invite: Filipino aged 16 and below (male and female)
· Venue: Al Fardan Centre, Buheira Corniche, Sharjah
· Time: 2:00pm to 8:00pm
· No registration fee
· For early registration and further details, please contact Marz S. Marcial at 050 8618734

2. Friday, 16 June 2006 - Independence Day Celebration

· Invite: All FCPL members
· Venue: Al Nasr Leisureland
· Time: 1:00pm
· Activities: Display of giant chess set, chess puzzles, blitz games, distribution of FCPL flyers
· FCPL T-shirts and Caps will be available at Dhs. 30 only (for both). We now accept orders, please contact Marz S. Marcial at 050 8618734

3. Friday, 23 June 2006 - Ras Al Khaimah Rapid Chess Tournament

· Invite: Ras Al Khaimah chess players only
· Venue: Ras Al Khaimah
· Time: 2:00pm (sharp)
· Registration Fee: Dhs. 20.00
· For early registration and details, please contact Lino Fabrigas at 050 5792724

4. Friday, 30 June 2006 - FCPL Inter-Emirates Team Championship

· Invite: FCPL Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Fujairah
· Prize: Trophy plus cash to top 3 finishers
· Venue: Dubai Chess Club (Tentative)
· Rules: 12 players each team, 7 rounds swiss system,
· For registration and further details, please contact Marz S. Marcial at 050 8618734


Filipino Chess Players League Reached Another Milestone

By Emman

The Filipino Chess Players League (FCPL) has reached another milestone in the history of Filipino chess in Dubai. With the launching of its new website, fcplworld.com, Filipino chess players around the globe will now be kept abreast of various Filipino chess activities with important news and issues right at their fingertips.

The historic launching was held on Friday, 28 April 2006 at the Consulate Office of the Philippines in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was warmly welcomed by Consul General Antonio Curameng who officially launched the website and was widely received by FCPL officers, members and various Filipino chess fans in Dubai and the Middle East region.

Among the guests who attended the launching ceremony, apart from the 50 attendees from all over UAE, were Philippine Labour Attache Vicente Cabe, Mr. Casto Abundo, Chief Arbiter of FIDE, and Wesley So, the youngest member of the Filipino chess squad for the 2006 Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy.

The aim of the website is essentially centered on communication which supports FCPL's ambition of becoming a global Filipino chess club. “… communication plays a vital role in the rapid development and progress of FCPL chess members and players around the globe…making it available online would help us achieve our ultimate goal in becoming the primary Filipino global chess club”, Mr. Joey Tiberio, the external vice president and the man who engineered the creation of the website, said after his brief introduction of the different sections of the website.

Mr. Tiberio added that fcplworld.com was highly supported by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), World Chess Federation (FIDE), Arab Chess Federation, UAE Chess Federation, Dubai Chess Club, Philippine Embassy, Philippine Consulate and the Filipino chess community.

Mr. Augusto Marcial, FCPL president, stated in his closing remarks "definitely, we will witness many more great things and anticipate a lot of progress from this year and in years ahead … this [the website] is just a beginning…" which generated a big round of applause in the hall and inspired a great number of aspiring Filipino chess masters. He also expressed gratitude to the Honorable Consul General Antonio Curameng for his full support to FCPL club and to the officers and members who have made their unique contribution in the realization of this website.

Coinciding with the launching ceremony was the annual officer’s oath taking of the newly elected FCPL officers which was followed by a lunch sponsored by Consul General Antonio Curameng.

The officers of the Filipino Chess Players League for the year 2006 are as follows:

President: Augusto S. Marcial
Vice President (External): Josefino B. Tiberio
Vice President (Internal): Eduardo T. Nicolas
Secretary General: Emmanuel M. Marbella
Secretary 1: Ernesto M. Yap
Secretary 2: Mario M. Alfonso
Treasurer: Chyrelle R. Diagbil
Auditor: Mel C. Cabangon
PRO (Internal): Francis D. Aldeguer
PRO (External): Alexius Valerio
Sgt. At Arms: Arnel L. Matildo

To the Filipino Chess Players League, congratulations!

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