Monday, April 5, 2010


( Lito Laput wearing blue polo-shirt vs. Engr. Jun Atmosfera during
the 2009 Bob Bula Invitationals )

Lito Laput is one of the colorful chess personality in the Davao
chess scene. He is noted for his no retreat no surrender attitude
and had won quite a number of games from lost positions by sheer
tenacity and doggedness. He has played in the national inter-cities
representing Toril, Davao City, and Davao del Sur team, among others.
He is also a former University of Mindanao (UM) varsity player and was
the 2007 Toril Invitational Chess Challenge champion.

( Lito Laput vs. Chris Yap during the 2009 Caissa's Father team tourney.)

At present, he is the president of the Digos City chess club and still
play in local tournaments occasionally. Just recently, he finished among
the top ten in the Kidapawan Open ruled by IM Oliver Barbosa, the only
non master to do so.

( Lito Laput together with chess friends VIncent Umayan, Nofre Reyes
and Atty. Jong Guevarra at Bogser's. At the back is Ali Baba the driver)

Here is Lito laput's excellent end game technique against six time Executive champion Dr. Jenny Mayor

Event "2006 Nat'l. Inter-Cities"]
[Site "Davao City"]
[Date "2006.9.15"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Mayor, Jenny"]
[Black "Laput, Lito"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteELO "2165"]
[BlackELO "2054"]

With analysis by Nofre Reyes and Werner Priete and comments by

Sicilian Defense Keres Attack

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. g4

This is the starting position of the Keres Attack against the
Sicilian Defense Schevenigen variation . This move was introduced
into tournament play by the great Estonian GM Paul Keres and was one
of the pet lines of World Champion Anatoly Karpov.

Be7 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Bb5?! Qc7 9. Qe2N 'The Dokmakov Attack'

more common are:

a.)9.Rg1 a6 10.g5 Nd7 11.Be2 Nce5 12.f4 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Qxc4 14.Qe2=
b.) 9.g5 Nd7 10.Qh5 0-0 11.f4 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 a6 13.Bd3 Nc5
14.0-0 Nxd3 15.cxd3 f5 16.Rf3 with attack.

9... O-O 10. g5 Nd7 11. h4 a6 12. Bd3 b5 13. O-O-O b4 14. Na4 Nxd4
15. Bxd4 Nc5 16. Nxc5 dxc5 17. Be3 Bb7 18. f3 a5 19. Bc4 a4 20. Kb1 a3
21.Bc1 Bd6 22. g6 hxg6 23. h5

With kings castled in the opposite wings, it seems that White's attack
would come first. Lito, however was equal to the task and parries the
attack with accurate play.

g5! 24. Bxg5 Bf4! 25. Bxf4 Qxf4 26. c3 bxc3 27. b3 Rfd8 28. Qg2 Rd2!

A good move which enable black to wrest the initiative.

29. Rxd2 (forced) cxd2 30. h6? Qxh6! 31. Kc2

The queen cannot be taken because of 31... d1(Q)

31... Rd8 32. Bd3 Qe3 33. Qe2Qd4 34. Rb1 c4!

A clearance sacrifice to enable black's rook to utilize the now
open c file.

35. Bxc4 g6 36. Kd1


Playing for the crowd but not entirely correct. The simple 36...Qc3
wins for black as white would be in a virtual zugzwang.

37.Qf1 37. Qd3 Rxd3 38. Rxb2


I think the best way to win is 38... Rxf3 and not by exchanging
rooks as the e4 pawn will soon fall. Black is still winning but
needs accurate play. Here is where Lito shows his endgame prowess.

39. Bxd3 f5!! 40. Kxd2 fxe4 41. fxe4 g5

This is an interesting endgame. Black's advantage lies on his two passed pawns at both wings.

42. Ke3

If 42. Kc2 g4 43. Kxb2 g3! and the result will just transpose to the
actual game.

42.. Kf7 43. e5 Ke7 44. b4 Kd7 45. a4 Kc6 46.Kd4 g4 47. Ke4 g3

48. Kf3 Kd5 49. Kxg3 Kd4 50. Bb1 Be4 51. Ba2 Kxe5 52. b5 Kd6

53. Kf4 b1=Q 54. Bxb1 Bxb1 55. b6 e5+!

The smoke of battle is now clear. Black can hold and capture
white's two connected passed pawns and white cannot do anything
to save it.

56. Ke3 Kc6 57. a5 Kb7 58. Kd2 Ka6 59. Ke3 Bf5 60. Kd2 Bc8

61. Kd3 Bb7 62. Kc4 Kxa5 63. Kc5 e4


A beautiful endgame display by Lito Laput.


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