Thursday, April 14, 2011


The Future of Philippine Chess. Members of the RP contingent to the 2009 ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships in Vietnam. Front row: Sheider Nebato, Paolo Kristobal, John Alcon Datu. Back row: Tristan Ibaoc, Vince Medina, Austin Jacob Literatus, Paulo Bersamina., Cherry Ann Mejia, Ma. Ysabelle Joyce Semillano, and Bernadette Galas.
(Photo first posted at Malibay ChessClub Blog)

It would be a battle of chess prodigies as back to back ASEAN Age Group champion FM Austin Jacob Literatus banners the Metro Toril Chess Club- Davao as it battles the FM Paulo Bersamina led Barangay Wesley (BW)in the 1st Philippine Internet Match set on April 16, 2011 at 10 a.m. Games can be seen live at

Literatus is the 2009 ASEAN Age Group champion- 12 and under category and the 2010 champion- 14 and under. FM Paulo Bersamina on the other hand is the 2010 Nat'l Junior champ and the 2010 ASEAN age-group champ- 12 and under category. Bersamina is also fresh from a successful campaign in Russia and played board 1 in one of the teams that participated in the recent Inter-Province team tourney.

( Caissa's Father with 2010 Nat'l Age- Group boys 14 and under champ
Austin Jacob Literatus and Toril players Erwin Tubog, Adrian Llanos,
Anthony Mosqueda, and Neptali Batucan III )

FM Austin Jacob Literatus is also the youngest Male Athlete of the Year awardee in the history of the annual So Kim Cheng Sports Awards given to the best performing athletes of Davao City. He won the award in the year 2009 when he was still 12 years old. Literatus bagged one individual gold medal, three team silvers and one individual bronze in the 2009 Asean Age-Group Chess Championships in Hue City, Vietnam making him the overwhelming choice for the prestigious award in that year.

Let us watch a sample of Literatus game which was played in the 2009 Vietnam age-group competition.

[Event "OPEN 12"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.06.08"]
[Round "3.8"]
[White "Ta, Minh Hoang"]
[Black "Literatus, Austin Jacob"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E81"]
[PlyCount "60"]
[EventDate "2009.06.07"]

Annotated by Caissa's Father


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5!

According to 2001 British Champion GM Joe Gallagher in his book " Starting Out: The King's Indian ", the move 6... c5 has dented the Samisch's popularity somewhat in recent times. The pawn sacrifice is hardly ever accepted by White anymore. because of this 6.Be3 is no longer automatically considered as the best move. Nowadays white plays 6.Bg5 and 6.Nge2 almost as often. An example of this line was played in Kramnik vs. Shirov, Bundesliga 1992 which goes 7 dxc5 dxc5 8 Qxd8 Rxd8 9 Bxc5 Nc6 10 Ba3 a5 11 Rd1 Be6 12 Nd5 Nb4 13 Nxe7+ Kh8 14 Rxd8 Rxd8 15 Nd5 Nc2+ 16 Kd2 Nxa3 17bxa3b5! 18 Nh3 Draw agreed.

7. Nge2 Nc6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Ng3 e6 10. Qd2 exd5 11. cxd5

The game has now transformed into the Modern Benoni Defense.

11... h5!

Chasing the knight and disrupting the coordination of White's pieces. This move is also useful to free the h7 square for the Black knight to enable him to launch the freeing move f5.

12. h4 a6 13. Be2?

A positional blunder that clearly showed White's unfamiliarity with the line. 13. a4 is automatic as White should prevent 13... b5 and Black's succeeding queenside expansion in the Modern Benoni Defense.

13.. b5!

Of course!!

14. Bg5 Qb6 15. Be3 b4 16. Nd1 a5 17. Nf2 Ba6 18. Rc1 a4

19. O-O Bxe2 20. Nxe2 Qb5 21. Rfd1 Rfb8 22. Bf4 Nfd7

23. b3 axb3 24. axb3 Ra3!

This move and the succeeding moves showcase Austin Jacob's matured play and fine technique in utilizing his positional advantage. Watch how he strangled his Vietnamese opponent into submission.

25. Rb1 Rba8 26. Nc1 Qb6 27. Nfd3 Nxd3

28. Qxd3 c4+! 29. Qe3 Qxe3+ 30. Bxe3 c3!

A beautiful finish. White was simply outplayed in all phases of the game.

White resigns. 0-1

Replay the game below.

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