Tuesday, January 29, 2008


In 1967, Robert James Fischer played simul chess at the University of Mindanao in Davao City. He, playing white, beat Pascual with the Sicilian Sozin in 28 moves. The game is a classic because Pascual's king pawn went on a rampage eating Fischer's knight and bishop until it reached the seventh rank and even checked Fischer's king. Pascual's name was not even mentioned (was he the Jose Pascual who won the 1962 Philippine Chess Open?) but he's here in posterity.

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Blogger Antonio said...

Joe Pascual, yes, was the former five or seven-time national champion. He died in Laguna maybe a decade ago but was a resident of Davao. He was the chess partner of President Garcia. As a mediaman, he was the president of the Davao Integrated Press Club and the Fourth Estaters Club, Inc. His favorite drink was gin with coke.

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