Philippines 46.5 - Myanmar 25.5

Following successful back to back international tournaments in the Philippines, a training match was organised between the Philippines and Myanmar on the initiative of National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President Prospero "Butch" Pichay.

This double round match played using the Scheveningen System between the two 6 player teams was held in a boutique hotel overlooking beautiful Lake Taal and sponsored by the City of Tagaytay led by its Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino who is also the NCFP Secretary General.

NCFP Events Director Willy Abalos flanked by the Myanmar Team the day before the big match in beautiful Tagaytay.

Despite playing against an essentially Philippines "C" team, the Myanmar team, perhaps exhausted from two months of non stop chess and worried about conditions back home in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis which has left 133,000 dead or missing and over 2.5 million homeless, tried hard but were convincingly beaten.

Rolando Nolte top scored for the Philippines with 10/12 with GM elect Jayson Gonzales on 9/12 and Oliver Barbosa on 8/12 the other standouts. Rolando Andador with a valuable 7.5, Dino Ballecer with 6.5 and Edgar Reggie Olay with 5.5 were the other Philippine team members.

For Myanmar, GM Zaw Win Lay led with 6.5/12 while IM's Aung Aung and Wynn Zaw Htun both scored 5/12. FM Kyaw Lin Niang and IM Nay Oo Kyaw Tun managed 3.5 while FM Kyaw Kyaw Soe got 2.

GM Zaw Win Lay is still very much the "desperado" of the Myanmar "posse" when playing cowboy or tucking in to a special Jolibee highlands burger!


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