KAGAYA ng alak, lalung bumagsik si Roel Abelgas sa edad na 37-anyos.
Umasa sa kanyang experience at mastery sa fast game kung saan ang 37-year-old sports consultant at head coach ng Dasmariñas Chess Academy ay nirendahan ang masterful 4-0 conquest kontra sa reigning NCAA Chess Champions San Beda Red Lions nitong Linggo sa Blitz Battle Royale sa pagitan ng City of Dasmariñas at San Beda, broadcasted live worldwide mula Youtube channel ng National Chess Federation of the Philippines.
Ayon kay tournament organizer Philippine Executive Chess Association (PECA) founding president Atty. Cliburn Anthony A. Orbe ay nasilayan si FM Abelgas sa battle arena matapos ang Dasmariñas’ child prodigies – 12-year old FIDE Master-elect Michael Concio, Jr. ay nabigo kay Prince Mark Aquino ng San Beda.
Sa sumunod na tagpo ginapi ni FM Abelgas sina Prince Mark Aquino, ang 2015 National Junior Champion NM Marc Christian Nazario, Kevin Arquero at FM Mari Joseph Logizesthai Turqueza ayon sa pagkakasunod ayon sa awesome display ng speed at accuracy.
“FIDE Master Roel Abelgas showed why his students at the Dasmariñas Chess Academy are excelling in the international stage. In addition to their raw talent, the Dasmariñas prodigies are blessed to have a very strong coach in FM Abelgas. He already showed his strength in December by topping the very strong rapid tournament in Angadanan, Isabela, ahead of seasoned grandmasters Joey Antonio and Darwin Laylo.” sabi ni Atty. Orbe, treasurer din ng National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).
“He was enjoying substantial time advantage in all his games as his opponents would invariably get into time trouble with less than 20 seconds left to play while he would still have more than 2 minutes left in the endgame. One by one the Red Lions fell, and not even their anchor player could survive Abelgas’ onslaught.” ani pa Atty. Orbe.
“If the future of Philippine Chess is bright because of the Dasmariñas chess prodigies, a big amount of the credit should go to their coach. Congratulations City of Dasmariñas! Special thanks also to Dasmarinas Mayor (Elpidio) Pidi Barzaga who came to the venue to personally support his players. He even brought fried chicken and pizza for everyone! (Yes the players took a break from eating KFC). Mayor Barzaga’s passion for chess is evident, and his passion is the impetus behind the City of Dasmarinas’ success in chess. Mabuhay po kayo Mayor Pidi Barzaga.”