Friday, June 30, 2006


FCPL RAK Chapter 2nd Rapid Chess Championship

Mr. Muammar Al Muhairi, representative of His Highness Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qassimi and Mr. Darwish Hassouneh, the General Manager of Super Bowling, were among the sponsors and guests of honour of the recently held FCPL rapid chess tournament in the Super Bowling hall in Ras Al-Khaimah on Friday, 23 June 2006.

With a total of 18 participants from the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al-Khaimah, the tournament was organised by the Filipino Chess Players League (FCPL) spearheaded by FCPL-Ras Al-Khaimah chairman, Mr. Lino Fabrigas, with assistance from Ms. Maria Fajardo who arranged the venue and prizes for this event.

The tournament was scheduled under the 7 round Swiss System regulation with 15 minutes on the clock allocated to each player.

Onin Payoket, who became the eventual champion, dominated the field of participants in the early rounds of the tournament. With his impressive 5 consecutive wins, Onin Payoket continued to display his brilliant skills on the board by taking on Michael Diagbil and Allan Salac on a decisive draw in the 6th and 7th rounds respectively to capture the 1st place with a high score of 6.0 points.

(From Left: Marz, Onin, Mr. Al Muhairi & Mr. Hassouneh)

Axel John Valerio, a sensation 12 years old player from Sharjah, won the 2nd place by crushing Mel Cabangon with black pieces in the final round with a score of 5.5 points and Michael Diagbil of FCPL-Dubai took the 3rd place by beating Rolly Viente in the final round with 5 points.

The top three winners received a trophy and cash whilst the participants finishing 4th to 10th each received a medal awarded by Mr. Al Muhairi and Mr. Darwish in the closing ceremony.

(From Left: Marz, Axel, Mr. Al Muhairi & Mr. Hassouneh)

Final Results

Onin Payoket (6.0), Axel John Valerio (5.5), Michael Diagbil (5.0), Mohammed Koya (5.0), Allan Salac (4.5), Rolly Viente (4.0), Mel Cabangon (4.0), Arthur Cabatit (3.5), Paul Ducalang (3.5), Ronald Ducalang (3.5), Arthur Cabatit (3.5), Ronald Osio (3.0), Ralph Mancao (3.0), Rolando Bautista (3.0), Rey Dimatatac (2.5), Manny Dela Cruz (2.0), Lino Fabrigas (2.0), Richard Casem (2.0), Ferdinand Hiteroza (1.0).

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Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Rolly Viente awarded a medal by Mr. Al Muhairi, Mr. Hassouneh and Marz Marcial

Another medal awardee from FCPL-RAK

Mel Cabangon of FCPL-Dubai Chairman receives his medal

Paul Ducalang of FCPL-Dubai

Francis Ducalang of FCPL-Dubai

Ronald Osio vs Ralph Mancao

Marz Marcial, the tournament director and FCPL President, briefed the participants of the tournament regulation under the FIDE rules and conduct

Sunday, June 18, 2006


FCPL Officer's Meeting

Attention: Marz S. Marcial/Josefino B. Tiberio/Eduardo T. Nicolas/Emman Marbella/Ernesto M. Yap/Mario M. Alfonso/Chrelle R. Diagbil/Mel C. Cabangon/Francis D. Aldequer/Alexius Valerio/Arnel L. Matildo/Lino F. Fabrigas

Kindly be informed that there will be a meeting on Tuesday, 20 June 2006, 7:00pm, at Danny Ambing's mansion in Sharjah. Relevant issues, assessments of recent tournaments, forthcoming programme of activities and other related business will be discussed and therefore, your attendance is extremely significant!

Initial Agenda

1. Assessment of recent FCPL tournaments
2. Ras Al-Khaimah Rapid Chess Tournament on Friday, 23 June 2006
3. Inter-Emirates Chess Championship on 30 June 2006
4. Activity Planning (Chairman of corresponding emirates are requested to submit their respective proposals and/or programme of activities)
5. Other relevant matters

Officers coming from Dubai, please call 050 7289059 if you require transport service.

An exotic mouth-watering dinner of your favourite cuisine, courtesy of Mr. Danny Ambing, will be served throughout the meeting!!!

Saturday, June 17, 2006



Ras Al Khaimah Chess Tournament Invitation

Please be informed that we are inviting all FCPL members of Dubai and Sharjah (below top 10 ranking only) to join or participate to our monthly rapid chess tournament to be held at RAK Super Bowling on Friday, 23 June 2006, from 1:30pm to 8:30pm. Please prepare at least AED 20.00 for the registration.

See you there guys and good luck to all.

Yours sincerely,

Lino F. Fabrigas

Monday, June 12, 2006


Showdown in Reef Mall

by Emman

Danny Baltazar has added another feather in his cap following his triumph in the Filipino Chess Players League (FCPL) monthly rapid chess tournament on Friday, 26 May 2006, in Reef Mall, Dubai.

Started off at a snail's pace with a shocking draw from Fred Lopes in the first round, Danny Baltazar made a spectacular comeback winning the next six rounds of the 7-round Swiss System event.

In the first pace of the tournament, Florante Lopes dominated the standing with 4 straight wins and asssddf (Left to right: Abdullah, Danny, Arnel & Mel)sffasdf it was only in the fifth round that he was stopped by Dave Ravara.

After round 5, Dave Ravara together with Danny Baltazar, who crushed Tony Molina in the fifth round, shared a half point lead over Florante Lopes and Mar Alfonso. When the joint leaders faced each other in the following round, Danny Baltazar managed to pull away to score a decisive full point win over Dave Ravara which created a momentum for a needed rally going into the final round. This victory placed Danny Baltazar in a comfortable position for a top spot if he can pull it off in the final round.

On the lower boards after round five, Florante Lopes who tried to regain his top post, shared with Mar Alfonso tracked the leaders of the field with 4.0 points each, whilst Francis Aldeguer, Abdullah Tato, Emman Marbella and Michael Diagbil scored 3.5 points. Tony Marbella, Tony Molina, Moshe Molina and Rolly Viente also scored 3.0 points.

In the exciting final showdown, Danny Baltazar continued his decisive winning streak and preserved his grip of the top spot by crushing Florante Lopes, with an impressive score of 6.5 points. Whilst Abdulla Tato fell further back by losing to Dave Ravara, who captured second place with a high score of 5.5 points in board 2, Francis Aldequer grabbed the third place after beating Tony Marbella with 5.5 points in board 3. Although tied for second with Dave Ravara, Francis Aldeguer lost in a tie-break.

The Final Standing

1. Danny Baltazar (6.5)
2. Dave Ravara (5.5)
3. Francis Aldeguer (5.5)
4. Florante Lopes (5.0)
5. Mar Alfonso (5.0)
6. Abdullah Tato (4.5)
7. Michael Diagbil (4.5)
8. Arnel Matildo (4.0)
9. Tony Marbella (4.0)
10. Emman Marbella (4.0)assfssgdafsa
(Left to right: Francis, Danny & Dave) lksjdflsadjlsdk 11. Ben Penaranda (4.0)
12. Tony Molina (4.0)
13. Moshe Molina (4.0)
14. Rolly Viente (4.0)
15. Axel Valerio (4.0)
16. Bonnie Bonifacio (4.0)
17. Ronald Osio (4.0)
18. Fred Lopes (3.0)
19. Mel Cabangon (3.0)
20. Dandy Legaspi (3.0)
21. Paul Ducalang (3.0)
22. Archie Piscol (3.0)
23. Lindo Millan (2.5)
24. Essa Abdul Rahman (2.5)
25. Arthur Cabatit (2.5)
26. Danny Ambing (2.0)
27. Lino Fabrigas (2.0)
28. Calbert Ortula (2.0)
29. Robert Lajara (2.0)
30. Richard Casem (0)

With a total of 30 participants from the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al-Khaimah, this tournament for the month of May was hosted by the FCPL-Dubai chapter under the leadership of Mel Cabangon, FCPL-Dubai Chairman, and assisted by Willy Laceste, who acted as chief arbiter of the tournament.

On behalf of the Filipino Chess Players League, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Reef Mall Dubai and to Architect Rolly Arlante for their continued support.


Tournament Photo

Mel Cabangon, FCPL-Dubai Chairman, awarded the 2nd prize (trophy and cash) to Dave Ravara

Francis Aldeguer cheerfully collected his 3rd prize (trophy and cash)

Emman, Dave, Arnel, Tony & Axel posed at the registration table prior to the tournament

The Ras Al-Khaimah Team headed by Lino Fabrigas

Tony Marbella vs Axel, Moshe vs Abdullah, Arnel vs Tony Molina

Michael Diagbil (right) looking for a brilliant move against a new member of FCPL

Mar Alfonso (observer) can't understand the move made by Danny Ambing (right) against Paul Ducalang (partly covered)

Arthur Cabatit (FCPL-RAK) vs Emman (FCPL-Dubai)

Left to right: Mel, Dave, Arnel, Francis, Bay 2 & Emman

The champ on the making (Emman, Arnel, Dave & Mel)

(First row) Florante Lopes and Rolly Viente,(next row) Abdullah Tato and Tony Marbella and Danny Baltazar


Greetings from Omani

Dear FCPL Officers & Members:

Resume to FCPL Office by tomorrow 13 June 2006

Gud day sa inyong lahat! just arrived from Oman this morning and still suffering from jetlog. Missed you all!


Marz S. Marcial
FCPL President

Sunday, June 11, 2006


FCPL Junior Rapid Chess Championship 2006

Congratulations to Axel John Valerio for a stunning victory in the recently held FCPL Junior Rapid Chess Championship on June 2, 2006 in Al Fardan Centre, Sharjah, hosted by the FCPL-Sharjah Chapter.

Under a 7-round Swiss system regulation, Axel John Valerio garnered an impressive perfect score of 7.0 points.

Final Result

Champion: Axel John Valerio (7.0 points)
1st Runner Up: Ronald Ducalang (6.0 points)
2nd Runner Up: Ralph Mancao (4.0 points)

Each received trophy respectively.

Best Players

Under 16: Rosanne Aldeguer (3.5 points)
Under 14: Ronald Ducalang (6.0 points)
Under 12: Axel John Velario (7.0 points)
Under 10: Anita Valerio (3.5 points)

Each best player in their age-group category received a medal.

Arbiter: Mr. Mar Alfonso


37th World Chess Olympiad - Update (continued)

Whilst the Philippine women's team regained confidence and momentum after their lowly 40th standing in the first half of the 13 round Swiss system Olympiad, and finished 26th place in their overall standing with 22 points, the Philippine men's team continued to plummet and finished 44th place with a score of 28.5 points.

Last Five Rounds Match-up

Round 9: Romania -v- Philippines (White -v- Black) Result: 2:2

Board 1: GM Dieter Nisipeanu (2695) -v- GM Mark Paragua (2617) 1-0
Board 2: GM Eugene Torre (2543) -v- GM Andrei Istratescu (2621) 1-0
Board 3: GM Vladislav Nevednichy (2582) -v- GM Joey Antonio ( 2539) 0-1
Board 4: FM Wesley So (2254) -v- GM Levente Vajda (2511) (0-1)

Round 10: Philippines -v- Malaysia (White -v- Black) Result: 3.5:0.5

Board 1: GM Mark Paragua (2617)-v- IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (2412) 1-0
Board 2: FM Lim Yee Weng (2330)-v- GM Eugene Torre (2543) .5-.5
Board 3: GM Joey Antonio (2539) -v- Chuah Hin Hai Jonathan (2216) 1-0
Board 4: FM Anas Nazreen Bakri (2221) -v- FM Oliver Dimakiling (2452) 0-1

Round 11: Netherlands -v- Philippines (White -v- Black) Result: 3.0:1.0

Board 1: GM Ivan Sokolov (2676) -v- GM Mark Paragua (2617) .5-.5
Board 2: GM Eugene Torre (2543) -v- GM Sergey Taviakov (2669) .5-.5
Board 3: GM Loek Van Wely (2655) -v- GM Joey Antonio ( 2539) 1-0
Board 4: Laylo Darwin (2406) -v- Friso Nijboer (2584) (0-1)

Round 12: Philippines -v- Switzerland (White -v- Black) Result: 2:2

Board 1: GM Mark Paragua (2617)-v- GM Victor Korchnoi (2611) 0-1
Board 2: GM Yannick Pelletier (2570)-v- GM Eugene Torre (2543) .5-.5
Board 3: GM Joey Antonio (2539) -v- GM Florian Jenni (2510) .5-.5
Board 4: IM Richard Forster (2496 -v- FM Oliver Dimakiling (2452) 0-1

Round 13: Brazil -v- Philippines (White -v- Black) Result: 2.5:1.5

Board 1: GM Giovannie Vescovi (2622) -v- GM Mark Paragua (2617) .5-.5
Board 2: GM Eugene Torre (2543) -v- GM Gilberto Milos (2589) .5-.5
Board 3: GM Jaime Sunye (2507) -v- GM Joey Antonio ( 2539) .5-.5
Board 4: FM Oliver Dimakiling (2452) -v- Friso Nijboer (2584) (0-1)

Games: Round 9, Round 10, Round 11, Round 12, Round 13

Women's Division

Round 9: Philippines -v- Turkey (White -v- Black) Result: 1.5:1.5

Board 1: WFM Sheerie Joy Lomibao (2163) -v- WFM Zehra Topel (2132) 0-1
Board 2: Kubra Ozturk (2034) -v- Catherine Perena .5-.5
Board 3: WIM Beverly Mendoza (2132) -v- WIM Nilufer Corlulu (2043) 1-0

Round 10: Albania -v- Philippines (White -v- Black) Result: 0:3

Board 1: Eglantina Shabanaj (2140) -v- Catherine Perena 0-1
Board 2: Sherily Cua (1954) -v- Roela Pasku (1892) 1-0
Board 3: Alda Shabanaj (2037) -v- WIM Beverly Mendoza (2132) 0-1

Round 11: Lithuania -v- Philippines (White -v- Black) Result: 1.5:1.5

Board 1: IM Viktorija Cmilyte (2470) -v- WFM Sheerie Joy Lomibao (2163) 1-0
Board 2: Catherene Perena -v- WIM Dane Ciuksyte .5-.5
Board 3: Daiva Batyte (2170) -v- Sherily Cua (1954) 0-1

Round 12: Philippines -v- Estonia (White -v- Black) Result: 2.5:0.5

Board 1: Catherene Perena -v- WIM Monika Tsiganova (2267) 1-0
Board 2: WIM Viktoria Bashkite (2205) -v- Sherily Cua (1954) .5-.5
Board 3: WIM Beverly Mendoza (2132) -v- WIM Valeria Gansvind(2267) 1-0

Round 13: Philippines -v- Slovenia (White -v- Black) Result: 0.5:2.5

Board 1: Catherene Perena -v- WGM Anna Muzychuk (2418) 0-1
Board 2: WGM Ana Srebrnic (2302) -v- Sherily Cua (1954) 1-0
Board 3: WIM Beverly Mendoza (2132) -v- WIM Jana Krivec (2323) .5-.5

Games: Round 9, Round 10, Round 11, Round 12, Round 13


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Saturday, June 10, 2006


Open Letter from the FCPL President

Attention: All FCPL Officers & Members

Leave of Absence

This is to inform you that I will be out of U.A.E. this weekend until Sunday. Vice President Joey Tiberio and Ed Nicolas will take over my post on the said date.

Please do not hesitate to contact them if you have any query regarding the FCPL activities or visit for updated FCPL News.

Thanks and regards,

Marz S. Marcial
FCPL President

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