Saturday, October 16, 2010


The Davao Youngstars team showed their true worth by posting a 1 point lead 10.5-9.5 midway through the 1st Atty. Jong Guevarra Cup- Davao Youngstars vs. Davao Experience Stars Chess duel held at the Toril Chess Plaza last Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. Out-rated but never outfought, the Youngstars outfoxed their veteran opponents with crucial wins delivered by Toril's 1-2 punch FM elect John Ray Batucan and FM Austin Jacob Literatus.

( Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr and IM Candidate Reggie Olay doing the ceremonial moves ushering the start of the classic chess match. Looking on are some of Davao's finest chessplayers and stakeholders)

Batucan swept his first 3 opponents with wins against Engr. Allan Diez, NM Cedric Magno and CM Vincent Umayan. Literatus, on the other hand, halved the point with NM Alex Lupian in the 1st round, and won against CM James Infiesto and Engr. Allan Diez. Jerwell Andoy also pitched in, win wins against CM James infiesto (advance game ), NM Cedric Magno and CM Vincent Umayan. He suffered his only loss against IM Candidate Reggie Olay.

(Toril's 1-2 punch FM elect John Ray Batucan and FM Austin Jacob Literatus, pondering their moves against NM Cedric Magno and CM James Infiesto, respectively, in 2nd round action).

Meanwhile, IM Candidate Reggie Olay showed why he is the runaway favorite to win the individual top performer award by breezing through his first 3 opponents, winning handily against Mohammad Sacar, Erwin Tubog Jr. and Jerwell Andoy, respectively, to lead the Experience stars. He was ably supported by NM Alexander Lupian who delivered wins against Mohammad Sacar and Erwin Tubog while drawing his game against FM AJ Literatus.

Showing who's the boss. Erwin Tubog Jr. vs. IM Candidate Reggie Olay. NM Alexander Lupian ( standing w/ hat), keenly watching the game.

However, the veterans showed their true worth by winning the 3rd round 4-2 paving the way for an exciting finish today. The last 3 rounds will be played today at the resthouse of Gen Paclar at Eden, Bayabas, Toril, Davao City. The winning team will receive cash prize amounting to P 12,000.00 and a big trophy while the top scorer will receive a cash prize of P 1,000.00 + chess life magazine. The keenly awaited chess match is sponsored by Atty.Jong Guevarra Jr. and supported by Glen Paclar and Engr. Allan Diez. Special mention also to Engr. Jun Atmosfera Jr., Team Manager of the Youngstars, James Infiesto, Region XI Coordinator of National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), Alfred Moulic-Arbiter, Engr. Nofre Reyes, Henry Fajardo and the rest of the players and chess supporters for making this event possible. The match is organized by the Chess Excellence Ltd. Co and supported by the Metro Toril Chess Association (MTCA).

( Team Experience sponsor Engr. Allan Diez vs. Jay Bulicatin. The game ended in a draw. Watching the game is Engr. Jun Atmosfera Jr., Team Manager of the Davao Youngstars )

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