Tuesday, January 12, 2010


NM Alexander Lupian ( with hat ) pondering his move against a young opponent during the 2009 Kadayawan Open held recently.

Veteran National Master Alexander Lupian proved his mettle in blitz play by ruling the 1st CAISSA'S FATHER Invitational Blitz tourney held last December 30, 2009 at Atty. Jong Guevarra's rest house at Eden, Bayabas, Toril, Davao City. Lupian scored 8.5 pts out of 9 games in the 10 players round robin tourney with only the youthful John Ray Batucan salvaging a draw to avoid a sweep. Another veteran, Sammy " The Dragon " Yu emerged as 2nd placer with 8 pts. Erwin Tubog bagged 3rd place with 6 points. The winners received cash prizes courtesy of Guevarra Law Office and Chess Excellence Ltd. Co.

The blitz tourney was one of the highlights of the Christmas Party cum get together of the Metro Toril Chess Association graced by some invited players. After the dinner the players divided themselves into two groups and thereafter a match was held dubbed as: " UBUSAN - DAVAO SELECTION VS. TORIL YOUNGSTARS ". The Davao Selection was composed of Nofre Reyes, Lito Laput, Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. and Engr. Jun Atmosfera reinforced by NM Alexander Lupian. The Toril Youngstars on the other hand, was composed of Erwin Tubog, Anthony Mosqueda, John Ray Batucan and Neptali Batucan Jr. and was reinforced by Sammy Yu. This time around the veterans had their sweet revenge by winning 3 matches with only a single loss thereby avenging the heartbreaking loss inflicted by the same youngsters against them recently. Everybody had a good time but it was just unfortunate that my digital camera malfunctioned thus the pictures got blurred. Aside from the players, also present were Glen Paclar and Dante dela Cruz.


8.5 pts - NM Alexander Lupian
8.0 " - Sammy Yu
6.0 " - Erwin Tubog
5.5 " - Neptali Batucan Jr.
4.0 " - Nofre Reyes, John Ray Batucan
3.0 " - Anthony Mosqueda, Zaldy Tabanao, Lito Laput
0.0 " - Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. ( withdraw)

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