BPI Chess Club Team becomes the back-to-back champion after defending its title on the 2nd Interbank/Commercial Chess Team tournament held on August 29, 2015 at BPI Head Office canteen. BPI fielded 2 teams this year. Led by National Master Nick Nisperos on board 1, with an ELO rating of 2139, Jovert Valenzuela on board 2 and with ELO rating of 2189, Roland Roselada on board 3 and ELO rating of 1943, unrated player Ziegfred Borja on board 4 and Michael Enriquez on board 5 with an ELO rating of 1866 composed the BPI Team A.

Team A sweeps all games assignments beating BPI Team B, Deutsche Bank, Energy Development Corp., Makati Medical Center and SGS Gulf Ltd. consecutively accumulating a total 18 points to emerge the champion while Deutsche Bank placed 2nd with a slim margin of 11 1/2 points from third place EDC with 10 points.


BPI Chess Club celebrates after defending the 2nd Interbank/Commercial Chess Team tournament

BPI Team B, composed of unrated players Raymund Diaz, Moises Nogot, Fabian Panelo III, Eddie Tomboc, and Christian Ian Lim finished fourth place with 9 1/2 total points. BPI Team B lost to BPI Team A on the opening round, while drawing games between MMC on round 2 and EDC on round 5, lost to Deutsche Bank on 3rd before winning 4th round assignment versus SGS Gulf.


With our very own President Bong Consing surprisingly visits the tournament

The excitement filled during round 1 when surprisingly, our very own President Cezar “Bong” Consing visited the venue. The players took the opportunity to have a group photo with the BPI Chess teams.

The tournament was officiated by FIDE National Arbiter Gatz V. Luz and is sanctioned by NCFP.


BPI Chess Club Team A poses during awarding ceremony; from left Mike Enriquez, NM Nick Nisperos, Jovert Valenzuela, Ziegfred Borja and Roland Roselada


Featured game 1 was a Sicilian opening masterfully played by NM Nick Nisperos vs Francisco Chung Jr. of Makati Medical Center on their board 1 penultimate encounter.

Event : 2nd BPI Interbank/Commercial Chess Team Tournament
Site  : BPI Head Office Canteen, Makati City
Date  : August 29, 2015
Round : 4
Board : 1
White : NM Nick Nisperos (2139) – BPI Chess Club Team A
Black : Francisco Chung Jr. (1773) – Makati Medical Center
Result: 1-0
ECO   : B43 – Sicilian, Kann variation

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. g3 Nc6 7. Bg2 Nf6 8. 0-0 Nxd4 9. Qxd4 Bc5 10. Qd3 Ng4 11. Bf4 Ne5 12. Qe2   

(Better try is 12. Bxe5 as per Stockfish, 12. Qe2 gives a -0.32 advantage for Black, at this point Nick is down by a min; 18mins vs 19mins of his opponent. Starting time is 22mins. Maybe NM Nick ponders the option to takes Ne5    {If 12. Bxe5 Qxe5 13. Kh1 0-0 14. f4 Qd4 15. Qxd4 Bxd4 etc. simplified the position and a slight square advantage for white..} )

12…d6 13. Be3 Bd7  (At this point Nick is 15mins down vs 17mins)

14. Bxc5 Qxc5  (Nick thinks hard on this position, 11mins vs 17mins of opponent, Stockfish suggest Black has slight advantage)

15. Rad1 Rc8 16. Qd2 Nc4 17. Qc1 Nxb2 (Chung can try here instead  17… Qb4 18. b3 Qxc3 19. bxc4 Qxc4 20. Qb2 0-0 21. Rd6 Bb5 and Black is slightly better..)

18. Qxb2 Qxc3 19. Qxb7 Bb5 20. Rfe1

(In this position i saw 20. Rxd3 that Nick didn’t move. Per Stockfish, Nick can try here 20. Rxd6 0-0 21. Rfd1 Be2 22. Rb1 Bb5 23. Rbd1 Be2 etc.)

20… 0-0 21. a4 Rc7 22. Qb6 Rc6 (Now White is taking the slight advantage, Nick is 5mins vs 8mins of his opponent)


After 22...Rc6 move

23. Qd4 Qxd4 24. Rxd4 Rc4 25. Rxc4 Bxc4 26. Rd1 Rb8 27. h4 Rb6  (At this point, my engine suggest that the position is even, Nick’s opponent time got even both on 5mins)

28. Rd4 (Suboptimal move per my engine, and initiatives shifts with Black)

28…Rc6 29. Bf3 Kf8 30. Kg2 Ke7 31. e5

(31. Rd1 was worth trying…If 31…dxe5 32. Rd8 Rc7 33. Rb8 Bd5 34. Rb2 e4 35. Be2 Bc4 36. Kf1 a5 etc and Black is better…)
(Other option is, 31…d5 32. Bd1 a5 33. h5 Rb6 34. Kf3 Rb2 35. Ke3 Ra2 36. c3 Ra3 37. Kd2 Ra2 and Black can still hold on the game)

31…d5 32. h5 Ba2 (Black reply here should be 32…a5 33. h6 g6 34. Bd1 f6 35. exf6+ Kxf6 36. Rd2 still playable)

33. Rb4 Kd7 34. Rb7+ Rc7 35. Rb6 Rc6 36. Rb2 Bc4 (Now my engine suggests that the position is even..)

37. Rb8 Rc8 38. Rxc8 Kxc8 39. h6! g6 40. Kh3 Ba2 41. Kg4 Kd7 42. Kg5 Ke7 43. a5 Bc4 44. c3 Bb5 45. Bd1 Bc4 46. Ba4 Bd3 47. Kf4


Move after 39. h6!

(Better is 47. g4 as per Stockfish, at this point Nick’s opponent is asking for a Draw but he declined)

47…Bc4 48. Ke3 f6 49. f4 f5?? (A 2.2mins of Nick vs 1.8mins of Chung, time pressured!)

(A blunder according to my chess engine!, simple was Bf1, makes it easy for Nick, fxe5 is more playable. {49…Bf1} {49…fxe5} )

50. Kd4 Kd8?! (Bf1 might have given some fight)

51. Kc5 Kc7?! (Now Black is lost, 51…Ke7 should have tried..)

52. Be8 (h7 will eventually captured)  1-0 


52. Bf8! and Black resigns...


This second game featuring a smashing victory of my teammate Roland Roselada over an unrated player of team SGS on the last round. Here everything is in control for Black and each move is almost forced.

Event  : 2nd BPI Interbank/Commercial Chess Team Tournament
Site  : BPI Head Office Canteen, Makati City
Date : 2015.08.29
Round : 5
Board : 3
White : Jamael Romero – 0 – SGS Gulf Ltd.
Black : Roland Roselada – 1943 – BPI Chess Club Team A
Result : 0-1
ECO : D00 – Queen Pawn Game

1. d4 d5 2. e3 c5 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bd3 dxc4 6. Bxc4 a6 7. Bb3 b5 8. a4 b4 9. Nce2 Bb7 10. f3 Nbd7 11. Ng3 Bd6 12. N1e2 h5 13. Bc2 Qc7 14. dxc5 Nxc5 15. f4 ?? ( A mistake! Simple was Nd4 )


move 15. f4?? a blunder! Eventhough Black has very active position

15… h4 16. Nf1 Bxg2 17. Rg1 h3 18. Nfg3 Ng4 19. Nd4 Nxh2 20. Qe2 Rd8 21. Rxg2 hxg2 22. Qxg2
f5 23. Ngxf5 ?!  (Better try is Bd2 but everything is in Black’s control… )

23… exf5 24. Bxf5 Bxf4 25. Qg6+  Kf8 26. Be6 Rh6 27. Qf5+ Rf6 28. Qh3 Bg3+ 29. Kd1 Rxd4+ ! 30. exd4 Nxe6 31. Qh8+ Kf7 32. Qh5+ Ke7 33. Bg5 Nxg5 34. Qxg5 Kf7 35. Qh5+ Kg8 36. Rc1 Rf1+    0-1


Complete Results and Final Standings:

Bank of the Philippine Islands – Team A  – 18 pts. Champion
Deutsche Bank Manila Chess Club – 11 1/2 pts 2nd Place
Energy Development Corporation – 10 pts 3rd Place
Bank of the Philippine Islands – Team B – 9 1/2 pts
Makati Medical Center – 7 pts
SGS Gulf Ltd., ROQH – 4 pts