Wednesday, May 12, 2010


( NM Allan Macala against GM Li Chao of China in the 2010 AIC )

NM Allan Macala honed his skills playing at Osmena Park chess club here in Davao City. He is a many time member of the Davao City chess team to the inter-cities until he was pirated by the multi-titled Tagaytay team.

For a time, he was one of those strong non-masters who don't want to be promoted to National Masters at it would preclude their participation in non-masters tournament which they are dominating and would downgrade their value to their team in the Inter-cities and Provincial team competitions of which they are the scoring machines dominating their lower board assignments. Last year NCFP President Cong. Prospero Petchay awarded the National Master title to Allan Macala by virtue of his tying for 1st in 2009 Asian Intercontinental Chess challenge held at Subic, Philippines. He is known here in Davao as " Aki" which is a common nickname for Muslims here in Davao City.

Among his chess accomplishments include tying Rainier Labay and Noel de la Cruz for 1st in the 2008 Philippine Open Chess Challenge.All three players finished with similar scores of 6.5 points at the end of the nine-round tournament which served as side event of the foreign-flavored Philippine Open. Labay, De la Cruz and Macala shared the total cash prizes of P75,000 for the top three finishers.

Allan Macala, also tied for 1st along with Raymond Salcedo, Alcon John Datu and Sheider Nebato in the 2009 Asian Continental Chess Challenge at the Subic Exhibition and Convention Center in Subic with identical score of seven points in 9 rounds. Macala subdued Nelson Villanueva, Datu humbled John Ranel Morazo and Nebato crushed Ritchie Evangelista to catch Salcedo in a four-way tie for first. Salcedo emerged champion via tiebreak to clinch the title in the five-day tournament held as a side event of the Asian Continental individual chess championship.

NM Allan Macala was the early sensation in the 2010 Asian Intercontinental Chess Championships held at Subic, Philippines scoring a couple of upset wins against titled foreign opponents. Let us take a look in some of his wins.

[Event "9th Asian Continental/Individual (Open)"]
[Site "Subic Bay Free Port"]
[Date "2010.04.21"]
[Round "1.35"]
[White "MACALA, Allan"]
[Black "HARIKA, Dronavalli"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2283"]
[BlackElo "2473"]
[PlyCount "105"]
[EventDate "2010.04.21"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. c4 Nc6 7. Nc3 Bg4
8. h3 Bxf3 9. Bxf3 Nd7 10. e3 e5 11. dxe5 Ndxe5 12. Be2 Re8 13. Kg2 Nd7
14. Rb1 Nc5 15. Qc2 a5 16. Bd2 Nb4 17. Qd1 a4 18. Nb5 Nc6 19. Bc3 Ne5
20. Bd4 c6 21. Nc3 a3 22. b3 Ne6 23. Qc2 Nxd4 24. exd4 Nd7 25. Rbd1 Nf8
26. Bf3 Ne6 27. d5 Ng5 28.Rd3 Bxc3 29. Qxc3 c5 30. Re1 Qd7 31. h4 Rxe1
32. Qxe1 Re8 33. Qc1 Qh3+ 34. Kg1 Qf5 35. Qd1 Ne4 36. Kg2 Nf6 37. Rd2 Qe5
38. Qc1 Ra8 39. Re2 Qd4 40. h5 Nd7 41.Qg5 Ne5 42. Qe7 b5 43. h6 bxc4
44. bxc4 Rf8 45. Re4 Qb2 46. Qxd6 Nd3 47. Re3 Qd2 48. Be2 Ne1+ 49. Kg1 Qd4
50. Qe7 Nc2 51. Re5 Qa1+ 52. Kh2 Qc1 53. f4 1-0

Here is his win against GM Thong of Vietnam.

[Event "9th Asian Continental/Individual (Open)"]
[Site "Subic Bay Free Port"]
[Date "2010.04.24"]
[Round "4.18"]
[White "MACALA, Allan"]
[Black "TU, Hoang Thong"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2283"]
[BlackElo "2483"]
[PlyCount "129"]
[EventDate "2010.04.21"]

1. d4 c5 2. e3 Nf6 3. Nf3 g6 4. c4 Bg7 5. Nc3 O-O 6. Be2 d5 7. O-O dxc4
8. Bxc4 Nbd7 9. b3 a6 10. a4 cxd4 11. Nxd4 e5 12. Nf3 e4 13. Nd4 Qa5
14. Qc2 Re8 15. Bd2 Qh5 16. Nce2 Ne5 17. f3 Nxc4 18. Qxc4 exf3 19. Rxf3 Bg4
20. Ng3 Qe5 21. Rf2 Rac8 22. Qd3 h5 23. Re1 h4 24. Nf1 h3 25. Ng3 hxg2
26. Bc3 Nd5 27. Bb2 Nb4 28.Qd2 Nc2 29. Rb1 Red8 30. Rf4 Nxe3 31. Re4 Nf1
32. Qxg2 Qc5 33. Kxf1 Bxd4 34. Rxg4 Bxb2 35. Qxb2 Qe3 36. Re4 Qf3+
37. Kg1 Rc3 38. Rbe1 f5 39. Re6 Kh7 40. b4 Rdd3 41. Qe2 Qf4 42. Nf1 Qxb4
43. Qg2 Qg4 44. Qxg4 fxg4 45. Re7+ Kh6 46. Rxb7 Rd4 47. Rb6 Rxa4 48. Ree6 a5
49. Rxg6+ Kh7 50. Rge6 Rc7 51. Kg2 Rf7 52. Ne3 Ra2+ 53. Kg3 a4 54. Nxg4 a3
55. Ra6 Ra1 56. Kh4 a2 57. Re2 Rg1 58. Rexa2 Rf4 59. Rh6+ Kg7 60. Ra7+ Kg8
61. h3 Rgf1 62. Rc6 Rf8 63. Rcc7 Rd8 64. Rh7 Rd6 65. Nh6+ 1-0

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