Sunday, November 8, 2009


The 1st Robert " Bob " Bula Invitational Chess Challenge came to an exciting conclusion last Saturday October 31, 2009 with Vincent Umayan emerging as the Champion. The last day of the competition was a whole day and full of exciting affair with three rounds played. Round 11 was played at my rest house in Eden, Bayabas, Toril, Davao City while the last two rounds were played at Glen Paclar's rest house also at Eden, Bayabas.

After thirteen rounds of fast and furious chess action Vincent Umayan emerged as the Champion with 12 points. He suffered his only loss in the 7th round against Adrian Llanos. Umayan who was also the 2008 Kadayawan Open Champion received the cash price of P 5,000.00 + champion's trophy.

( VIncent Umayan receiving the champion's price from CAISSA'S FATHER and Glen Paclar )

First Runner-up honors went to Nofre Reyes who scored 10.5 points. He received P 3,000.00 + trophy.

( Nofre Reyes receiving his prize from CAISSA'S FATHER and Glen Paclar )

Third place went to Austin Jacob Literatus who scored 10 points. he received P 2,000.00 + trophy. Fourth place went to Adrian Llanos with a score of 9 points. He received P 1,000.00 + medal.

After the awarding of prizes dinner followed courtesy of the host Glen Paclar. NM Jonathan Tan also donated a whole lechon while Engr. Jun Atmosfera brought drinks and ice cold beers courtesy of Bob Bula. Incidentally, Engr. Atmosfera celebrated his birthday on the following day thus adding more significance and luster to the occasion. Entertainment followed and was ably provided by accoustic/folk singer Zaldy Tabanao who incidentally was the best performer among the Toril players who played at the 2nd Cong. Ungab Cup Mixed- Masters Challenge.

( Zaldy Tabanao the singer provided live entertainment )

The awarding ceremony was graced by NCFP Regional coordinator James Infiesto, NM's Sammy Yu and NM Elwin Retanal of Malita and noted blitz players Junrie Salubre and Warren Aton. The tournament was indeed a huge success and would not be possible without its generous sponsor Robert " Bob " Bula. The tourney was organized through the auspices of the Chess Excellence Ltd. Co. and suported by the Guevarra Law Office and CAISSA'S FATHER chess blog.

Final standing:

12.0 points - Vincent Umayan
10.5 " - Nofre Reyes
10.0 " - Austin Jacob Literatus
9.0 " - Adrian Llanos
8.5 " - John Ray Batucan
7.0 " - Henry Fajardo
6.0 " - Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr., Anthony Mosqueda, Alexander Jover
5.0 " - Lito Laput, Neptali Batucan
4.0 " - Engr. Jun Atmosfera
1.0 " - Nestor Ngo, Engr. Oscar Barriga

( A group pose of the winners and players )

( Austin Jacob Literatus vs. CAISSA'S FATHER in last round action )

( Kainan time )

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