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All-Army Championship Ends - Congratulations! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Fri, May 16 2008 (06:36)

Duke imploded against Drake and lost quickly in 22 moves. He recklessly blundered a pawn and the right to castle on move six, which can only be attributed to a classic case of simple oversight. It got worse on move ten when he allowed a knight fork on e6. The game was totally lost at that point. Duke came very close to making the team in his first try. I am sure he will have many chances in the years to come.

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All-Army Round 10 Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Thu, May 15 2008 (13:00)

Macaspac is now 10-0. Tomorrow, he gets a chance to tie Tia’s record. That alone will motivate him to try harder and that will be bad news for King as the latter needs at least a draw to make the team or earn a playoff with Duke.

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All-Army Round 9 Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Thu, May 15 2008 (11:07)

 

 

Macaspac continued his winning streak to nine games. Donovan managed yet again to lose a winning advantage this time against West. I am sure he is disappointed with the outcome of this game. In a sense, he handed West a gift. His outside chances to take the 6th spot on the team have been kept alive courtesy of Donovan’s many errors especially with his 66th move. West’s 66…a4 is a blunder but it is hard to suggest anything better. I am not sure if either player is really aware of the truth in the position.

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All-Army Round 8 Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Wed, May 14 2008 (12:12)

Baniel and Drake settled the game peacefully in just ten moves. Both are assured of spots in the team with three rounds left to go. A tense game developed between Duke and King. Both are new to All-Army Chess and instead of halving the point early, both decided to fight for the point. This strategy benefits one and hurts the other. Veteran players over time have adopted a strategy, borne out of experience, guaranteeing a spot in the top six. The strategy involves playing to draw against equal or stronger opposition and play to win against weaker opponents.

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All-Army Round 8 Pairings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Wed, May 14 2008 (07:18)

The struggle between Baniel and Drake will be a fight for second place. The game to watch is Duke vs. King. Both players will be motivated to draw if they want to enhance their chances for making the team but we shall see how this particular contest plays out. The last four rounds will be more about trying to make the team now.

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2008 All-Army Chess Championship Players PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Wed, May 14 2008 (06:44)

This year’s invitees to the annual championship are listed below. Other top Army players like SSG Rudy Tia (seven-time champion), LTC David Hater and LTC Michael Cerezo were not in attendance.

 

 

1LT Arthur Macaspac
Fort Dix, NJ

CPT Christopher Pitts
William Beaumont Army Medical Center
Chief, Health Physics WBAMC
Fort Bliss, TX

SPC Jhonel B. Baniel
C Co LRMC
Landstuhl, Germany

COL Michael Donovan
National Nuclear Security Agency, NA-16
Dept of Energy, Wash DC

SGT Darryl L. West
377th TSC, G6 Section
Camp Amfjer, Kuwait

SPC Sherwin Duke
Armament Aviation Electrician
Fort Campbell, KY

PVT David Corona
PACOM
Fort Lewis, WA

PFC Christopher King
EWS Operator
Camp Casey, South Korea

SGT Christopher Floto
Second class Driver
Fort Schafter, HI

SGT Christopher Drake
HUMINT Collector
Fort Bragg, NC

SGT Daniel Fissel
CENTCOM Desk NCO
Fort Bragg, NC

PVT Derek Shepherd
767th EOD Co
Fort Bragg, NC

 

 
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