Three in a row for Torre in Asian Seniors chessfest

November 06, 2018

Standings after three rounds:

(Philippines unless stated)

3 points -- E. Torre 2.5 --  C. Garma, V. Caturla,  V. Lorena, T. Khin (Myanmar), P. Roca,  T. Roullo

2 -- A. Camer (Australia),  A.. Pacis, I. Sabah (Iran),  S. Mahmud (Indonesia),  T. Davis (Australia),  O. Rinas (Kazakhstan), S. Manapg TAGAYTAY City -- Defending champion  GM Eugene Torre made it three wins in a row by beating compatriot IM Angelo Young in the third round of the 9th Asian Seniors Chess Championships at the Tagaytay International Convention Center here Monday.

Torre, who is hoping to make it back-to-back championships, played almost flawlessly with white to subdue Young in 51 moves of Larsen Opening and assume solo lead with three points in the 34-player, nine-nation competition hosted by the Tagaytay City government thru Cavite 7th District Cong. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and Tagaytay Mayor Agnes Tolentino.

The 67-year-old Filipino champion, who bagged the title with a perfect 9/9 in Auckland, New Zealand last year, had positional and material advantage over Young  when the end came.

Young resigned after Torre's 51.e6,  threatening mate or loss of more materials.

Torre  had two rooks,  two bishops and four pawns against Young's two rooks, one knight and three pawns.

“I'll just take it one game at a time. Matagal pa ito,” said Torre,  who  also won over Angelito Camer of Australia  and  NM Rosendo Bandal in the first two rounds Sunday.

Torre’s fourth round opponent is veteran IM Petronio Roca,  who clobbered fellow IM Aitkazy Baimurzin of  Kazakhstan.

Roca is in a six-way tie for second to seventh places with 2.5 points with IM Chito Garma, NMs Cesar  Caturla, Carlo Lorena and Rolzon Roullo and Than Khin of Myanmar.

Garma split the point with Khin after 55 moves of London opening, Caturla  bested NM  Efren Bagamasbad  in 80 moves of English Opening, Lorena nipped NM Rosendo Bandal Jr. In  27 moves of the Catalan and Roullo  surprised Kuanishbek Jumadullayev of Kazakhstan in 52 moves of the Pirc defense.

Camer  upset three-time women's champion Helen Milligan of New Zealand and former junior champion Stewart Manaog drew with  Mo. 2 seed FM Olev Rinas of Kazakhstan to lead a big group of players with two points.

Almagul Chakeyeva of Kazakstan  outduelled Olympian Mila  Emperado in an  all-female encounter.

At stake in the tournament organized by Tagaytay Chess Club on behalf of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and Asian Chess Federation (ACF) and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) are cash prizes and medals.

The champion will bring home $500, the runner-up will earn $400, the  third  placer will pocket $300, the fourth  $200 and the fifth and sixth placers $150.

In the over-65, the champion will bring home $350, the runner-up $200, the third placer $150 and fourth and fifth placers $100.

The top female players will receive  $300 (over-50) and over-65 ($100).

Mike Lapitan is the tournament director, while Patrick  Lee is the supervising arbiter

Meanwhile, Abundo will conduct a FIDE Seminar for International Organizers on Nov. 7-10 as part of the Asian Seniors chess competition in Tagaytay City.

The moves:

Round 3

E. Torre vs. A. Young

1.b3 d6 2.Bb2 Nd7 3.c4 Ngf6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.d4 O-O 7.Nf3 d5 8.Nc3 c6 9.O-O Re8 10.Rc1 dxc4 11.bxc4 Nb6 12.Na4 Ne4 13.c5 Nd5 14.Ne5 Ng5 15.h4 Ne6 16.e4 Ndc7 17.d5 Bxe5 18.Bxe5 Nf8 19.Ba1 Bd7 20.Qd4 f6 21.Rfd1 Qc8 22.Nc3 Bg4 23.Rd2 Bh3 24.Bh1 Qg4 25.Qe3 Rad8 26.Ne2 Qc8 27.Nf4 Bg4 28.Qb3 Kg7 29.Qc3 Kf7 30.Re1 Nb5 31.Qb3 Kg7 32.e5 Nc7 33.d6 exd6 34.cxd6 Nce6 35.exf6+ Kh6 36.Qe3 g5 37.Nxe6 Nxe6 38.f7 Rf8 39.f3 Bf5 40.Rh2 Kg6 41.g4 Nf4 42.hxg5 Nd5 43.gxf5+ Qxf5 44.Qe4 Qxe4 45.fxe4 Nf4 46.e5 Ne6 47.Be4+ Kxf7 48.Rf1+ Kg8 49.Bxh7+ Kg7 50.Rf6 Nf4 51.e6                 1-0