Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pestaño: Magic 12 is now complete

Thursday, November 27, 2014

AMADO Olea Jr. and Maggi Dionson won the last two places in the November edition to complete the cast of Cepca’s “Magic 12” for the 2014 Grand Finals.
Staff Sgt. Olea is with the Philippine Air Force assigned to the 453rd AAMS 205 Tactical Helicopter Wing in Mactan. Dionson is a Geodetic Engineer and a licensed real estate broker, appraiser and lecturer.
The early finalists are Jimmy Ty Jr. (civil engineer), Carlo Maraat (a CPA with the Department of Budget and Management), Tony Cabibil, (accountant) and Rey Flores (retired boat captain and chess instructor).
The other qualifiers are Arnold Cadiz, a three-term independent councilor of Barangay Camputhaw and chess instructor of USC–BED and a National Master; Peterson Sia, a BSBA graduate and chess instructor; and Harrison Chua, a long time OFW.
The last three are club president Jerry Maratas, a civil engineer and entrepreneur; Ross Yamyamin, a commerce graduate and manager of a finance company; and Eduard dela Torre , formerly team manager of Accenture and is now concentrating now on his chess ventures.
The Grand Finals, simultaneous with the Non-Qualifiers Tournament, is tentatively set on Dec. 14 or 21 , in time with the holding of the club’s annual Christmas party and Induction of new members.
We had three new members this month--Jessa Balbona, Denster Abella and Edwin Cablao.
Jessa Balbona is our third lady member after Marilou Pagarigan, formerly chess coach of Cebu International School but now works in South Korea and Therese dela Torre, who was considered the strongest lady player while she was still in college.
Jessa just graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy, cum laude from USJ-R.
It would take a full column to recount Jessa’s chess achievements as she has been playing at the top level since her elementary days.
She was a Board I player of USJ-R from high school to college, the first female Junior champion in Shell Visayas and former PH chess team member.
Denster Kevin is a nephew of the late NM Roger Abella and is a nurse. He just arrived from Scotland with his family last August and wants to return to chess so his son, Dwayne Vin, will be exposed to the game. Gwayne was the champion in Scotland in the Under 7 division and also won some events in the UK.
Edwin Cablao is the principal of Alaska Night High School. He was a chess coach and trainer who produced outstanding players like Merben Roque and Vincent Lepalam and has been managing the Cebu City Chess Olympics for the last two years. His daughter is Quennie Marie, a Class A player.
Robinson’s Chess Festival. The Cebu Chess Masters will be conducting a tournament at Robinson’s Fuente starting tomorrow and Sunday.
There will be three categories--elementary, high school and open. For the elementary and high school divisions, there will be two five-round eliminations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday. The top 10 players of each elimination will advanced to the finals on Sunday at noon.
The top three winners of the high school and elementary divisions will get P3,000, P2,000 and P1,000, respectively. There will also be consolation prizes for the fourth to 20th placers. Registration fee is P150 per elimination round.
The open category will be on Sunday at 1 p.m. There will also be two elimination rounds. The top three will get P1,000, P800 and P600, respectively. There will also be consolation prizes for the fourth to 20th placers The registration fee is P60 per elimination round,
The sponsors of the tournament are Robinson’s Fuente, Handuraw Pizza, Cepca, Jemar Engineering Services and Jojo Muralla.
For more information, you may contact Eduard dela Torre-President of Cebu Chess Masters at 4010905 and 09328622010.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pestaño: A most enjoyable tournament

Thursday, November 20, 2014

IT WAS one of my most enjoyable tournaments ever. Everyone had a lot of fun and the ladies were treated like girl friends. All of them received chocolates and roses of the best kind.
IT WAS one of my most enjoyable tournaments ever. Everyone had a lot of fun and the ladies were treated like girl friends. All of them received chocolates and roses of the best kind.
As I expected, it was very close. Cepca members won by the slimmest of margin, 19.5-18.5. It could have gone the other way as I will explain later. Here are the board by board results. The format was two games of black and white pieces and time control was 30 minutes per player, play to finish.
Here are the results:
1.) Ben Dimaano—Lalia Nadera (USC), 1-1, 2.) John Velarde—Glysen Derotas (USC), 0-2 ,
3.) Boy Pestaño—Shaina Guyneth Caparino (UC), 1.5-0.5, 4.) Therese dela Torre—Quennie Marie Cablao (USJ-R) 0-2, 5.) Elmer Cablao vs. Roxanne Tampus (USJ-R), 1.5- 0.5, 6.) Jojo Muralla vs. Jazzelle Villarin (USJ-R), 0-2, 7.) Carlo Maraat vs. KC Morala (USC), 2-0, 8.) Jennoh Tequillo vs. Jessa Balbona (USJ-R), 0.5-1.5, 9.) Tony Barade vs. Charah Cababan (USC), 1-1, 10.) Alex Tolentino vs. Rowena Padro (USC), 0-1 (one game only), 11.) Andrew Aznar vs. Shaira Monsalud (USC), 0-1 (one game only), 12. Ruel Hortelano vs. Aireen Robillos (USJ-R), 0-2 , 13. Jun Kidlat vs. Stephanie Sabanal (CNU), 2-0 , 14.) Eduard dela Torre vs. Sarajane Dabalos (UV), 2-0 , 15.)
Felix Balbona vs. Ma. Ziella Arioja (CNU), 2-0 , 16.) Jun Olis vs. Marivelle Lumayag (UC) 1-1, 17.) Mike Banibane vs. Kylene Mae Eumague (UC) 1.5-0.5, 18.) Nic-nic Climaco vs. Queenelyn Torres (UC), 1-1, 19. ) Marvyne Guardiana vs. Diana Ross Pabatang (USJ-R), 1-1, 20.) Jerry Maratas vs. Cecillie Lumapac (USJ-R) 2-0.
You will notice that Andrew Aznar and Alex Tolentino played only one game as they had
commitments elsewhere. Shaira, Andrew’s opponent, is probably the No.1 ladies player now, while Rowena is just as good. The two ladies probably would have won the second games.
So the results would have favored the ladies, 20.5-19.5.
Meanwhile, Carlo Maraat  prevented a near sweep by the lady players by snatching the crown in the 10-minute blitz tournament that followed after the event. Other winners were Aireen Robillos (second), KC Morala (third), Shaira Monsalud (fourth) and Glysen Derotas (fifth).
There was an excess of food despite the presence of numerous guests in the dinner that followed. This early, I am thinking of a possible rematch.
Our next agenda is a match between Cepca against the male varsity players selection.
In our match against the ladies, the nine Class A players were not allowed to play to make the match competitive. Also a good team’s matchup will be against the Lapu-Lapu selection, which was an annual event a few years ago.
November. Our monthly tournament will be this Sunday again at Handuraw Gorordo starting 2 p.m. The sponsors for the prizes are Ely Berciles and couple Eduard and Therese dela Torre. All the previous monthly winners, with the exception of our president Engr.Jerry Maratas, will not be allowed to participate unlike in the previous months.
The early qualifiers are Jimmy Ty, NM Arnold Cadiz, Carlo Maraat, Rey Flores, Harrison Chua, Eduard dela Torre, Peterson Sia, Rosendo Yamyamin, Tony Cabibil and Jerry Maratas.
The November tournament will offer two slots to the grand finals next month. Like in the previous years, this will coincide with our Christmas party.
Also, there will be a tournament for the non-qualifiers.
Carlsen-Anand. Eight games have been played so far and this match is anything but timid. Carlsen is leading, 4.5-3.5, and all the games were hotly contested. Carlsen won the second game, Anand tied the match by winning the third game. Carlsen won the sixth game, while the rest were draws.
The big news of this match is that Fide, at this late stage, has not received the prize fund of $1.5 million from the organizers!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pestano: What most people didn’t know about chess

Thursday, December 11, 2014

IT HAS been estimated that the number of unique chess games is 10^120. This is 50 percent greater than the estimated number of electrons in the known universe!
The word "Checkmate" in Chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the King is dead."
Barbara Streisand and Bobby Fischer were classmates in high school. Streisand later confided that she had a crush on Bobby saying that he "was always alone and very peculiar. But I found him very sexy."
A Cleveland, Ohio police squadron embarrassingly raided a chess tournament in 1973 under charges of gambling. They arrested the tournament director for facilitating an illegal gambling operation. The cash prizes were confiscated, as well as the “gambling devices” (read: chess boards and clocks).
As late as 1561, Castling was two moves. You had to play R-KB1 on one move and K-KN1 on the next move.
The new pawn move—advancing two squares on its first move instead of one— was first introduced in Spain in 1280.
During the 1972 Fischer-Spassky match in Rekjavik, the Russians linked Spassky's erratic play with Fischer's chair. The Icelandic organization put a 24-hour Police guard around the chair, while chemical and x-ray tests were performed on the chair.
Nothing unusual was found.
The first mechanical chess clock was invented by Thomas Wilson in 1883. Prior to that, sandglasses were first used in London in 1862. The present day push-button clock was first perfected by Veenhoff in 1900.
The folding chess board was originally invented in 1125 by a chess-playing priest.
Since the Church forbids priests to play chess, he hid his chess board by making one that looked simply like two books lying together.
The Rooks in chess were named after the rookies or players in their first year.Rooks generally are the last pieces to be moved into action, and the same goes for rookies.
The second book ever printed in the English language was about chess. The first was the Bible.
The oldest surviving complete chess sets were found on the Isle of Lewis, in northern Scotland, and dates to the 12th century.
The first Chess game between space and earth was played on June 9, 1970 by the Soyez-9
The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of Chess is 318,979,564,000.
At the Linköping 1969 tournament, Friedrich Sämisch lost all 13 games by exceeding the time control.
Between Oct. 23, 1973, up to October 16, 1974, Mikhail Tal had a string of 95 tournament games in top-level chess without a loss (46 wins and 49 draws).
The worst result in a simultaneous exhibition given by a master happened in 1951, when International Master Robert Wade gave a simultaneous exhibitions against 30 Russian schoolboys, aged 14 and under. After 7 hours of play, Wade lost 20 games and drew the remaining 10.
Blindfold chess is an impressive skill which can get difficult after many moves. The record was set in 1960 in Budapest by Hungarian Janos Flesch, who played 52 opponents simultaneously while blindfolded – he won 31 of those games.
NEW MEMBER. We (Cepca) have a new member and the 4th lady member of the club. Harvey Jane Hilvano, 22, is a licensed Civil Engineer and works at Jemar Engineering as a Structural Engineer. She was also a former chess varsity player of USC,
Cepca will have its Christmas party on Dec. 21, Sunday, at 2 p.m. at the Lola Saling Grill and Restaurant, in Casungtingan, Mandaue City. To be held also is the induction of new members as well as the much awaited Grand Finals . There will also be a side tournament among non-qualifiers. Come and Enjoy!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pestaño: Cepca faces the best women’s collegiate players

Frank "Boy" Pestaño
 Thursday, November 13, 2014

THE Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca) will have its much anticipated goodwill match against some lady varsity players of Cebu this Sunday at Handuraw Gororodo at 2 p.m.
THE Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca) will have its much anticipated goodwill match against some lady varsity players of Cebu this Sunday at Handuraw Gororodo at 2 p.m.
It will be a 19-board match with players playing two games against the same opponent handling black and white. Time control is 30 minutes for each player, play to finish.
The lineup for Cepca are Former Cebu City Mayor Alvin Garcia, Boojie Lim, Andrew Aznar, Ben Dimaano, club president Jerryboy Maratas, Marvyne Guardiana, Jojo Muralla, Ruel Hortelano, Alex Tolentino, Jennoh Tequillo, Jun Olis, Nic-nic Climaco, Eduard dela Torre, Therese dela Torre, Jun Kidlat, Tony Barade, Felix Balbona, John Velarde, Boy Pestaño.
The Cebu Lady Varsity Selection coaches have chosen the following players for their team--Jessa Balbona, Aireen Robillos, Shaira Monsalud, Queenelyn Torres, Kylene Eumague, Marvie Abucay, Venice Lumapac, Queenie Cablao, Diana Ross Pabatang, Jazeele Villarin, Stephanie Sabanal, Sarah Jane Dabalos, KC Morala, Jane Mae Conag, Laila Nadera, Ziella Aroja, Charah Cababan, Rowena Padro, Glysen Derotas.
To make the match competitive, the Class A players of Cepca will not be playing. However, the club will also tangle with the male varsity players selection in a future date and these Class A players will be fielded .
The lady players will receive roses and chocolates from their opponents for this match.
After the match, there will be a five-round Swiss tournament featuring all the players with cash prizes to the top four players. Time control is 10 minutes per player.
Dinner will then be served with lechon.
Sponsors of this unique event are honorary member Boojie Lim of Rose Phamacy, Jerry Maratas, Marvynne Guadiana, Ben Dimaano, honorary member Andrew Aznar of SWU, Jojo Muralla, Jun Kidlat and lawyer Jennoh Tequillo.
I am especially pleased with this event as my Cepca co-founder and former president lawyer Alex Tolentino will be playing.
Here is a brief summary of Cepca. It was founded in 1990 and is one of the oldest chess club in the Philippines and the oldest in Cebu. Founders were myself , Alex Tolentino and the late Art Ynclino. The other original members are Bombi Aznar, Danny Pestaño, Gerry Tomakin, Sonny Sollano, Loy Miñoza all of whom have passed away and the Benjamin of the group Nicnic Climaco.
It is registered with the Securities and Exchange Comission and has more than a 100 members. The other honorary members are Kelly Uy, Doctor Darcy Tabotabo (US-based) and Mayor Mike Rama.
Mayor Mike would have played but he has to go to Manila for some commitments. If you go to his office, he has a unique chess set displayed which is quite rare, a collector`s item.
Wesley So. Wesley’s transfer to the USCF is now official. With this transfer, the USCF is now ranked No. 4 from No. 9 in Fide’s top countries list and the Philippines dropped to No. 43 from No. 32.
This will make the Americans very competitive in the Olympiad. In the next few years, three Americans will get chances to be challengers in the world championship. Fabiano Caruana, the No. 2 player in the world, has dual Italian and American citizenship.
Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So are both in the top 10.
The Philippines, once ranked as a major chess power (we placed eighth in the Greece Olympiad in 1988), is in a serious decline. The average age of our GMs is bordering 40 and the players have no signs of improving.
There has to be a revamp in the current leadership and Chess in Schools shouled implemented like what is being done in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pestaño: Legendary chess journalists

Thursday, November 6, 2014

AFTER having been involved with the game for more than half a century, I came across several names of chess journalists long before the advent of the internet. They are the legends of chess journalism.
George Koltanowski, who wrote more than 19,000 chess columns for The San Francisco Chronicle, died at the age of 96 in 2000. His column ran for almost 52 years daily without interruption and was once the longest-running daily chess column in history for a long time.
“Chess is an international language,” he once said. “Everyone in the world can understand and enjoy it.”
Leonard William Barden (born 1929 London) is an English chess master, columnist and author. He began writing for the London Evening Standard in 1956 and is now the world’s longest running daily chess column, breaking the previous record set by George Koltanowski. Also, he has weekly columns in The Guardian for 54 years and in The Financial Times for 35 years.
Barden says “I have never missed a week in 54 years, and as a result the Guardian holds the world record for the longest continuous chess column of (currently) 54 years 3 months.” He is also the author of more than two dozen books.
In recognition of his efforts, Barden was offered an OBE, but declined it. Brian Walden has written that “Barden has done more for British chess than anybody since our famous 19th century champion, Howard Staunton.”
Gregory Koshnitsky had a 59-year weekly column for the Sydney Sun from 1935 to 1994 (although in this case, there was a 10 year break at one point). He was the 1933 and 1939 Australian champion.
English columnist Tom Widdows wrote weekly in the Worcester News from October 1945 to April 2006 or 60 years and 6 months. Allowing for breaks he wrote for 53 years.
Former Irish champion Jim Walsh wrote weekly in the Irish Times from April 1955 up to September 1972, where it became daily without a break up to now.
Hermann Helms was an American chess player, writer, and promoter. He served as the chess reporter for The New York Times for over 50 years until 1962.
Helms founded the American Chess Bulletin in 1904, and would publish and edit this journal until his death in 1963. Helms wrote chess columns for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from 1893 until the paper folded in 1955. Helms also wrote chess columns for the New York World for 15 years, for the New York Post for 10 years, and for the New York World and Telegram for 10 years.
Helms was formally recognized in 1943 by the United States Chess Federation as the “Dean of American Chess,” and was called “the most important journalist in American chess history” by Arnold Denker and Larry Parr, Haije Kramer (died 2004) is a Dutch chess master and theoretician who wrote a weekly chess column in de Leeuwarder Courant, a daily newspaper in Friesland. He started writing in 1938 until 1998 or about 60 years (with a break during the war). From 1947 until 1969 ( 22 years) he also wrote a weekly column for the Algemeen Dagblad, a national newspaper.
Gert Ligterink has written for 26 years in de Volkskrant and Lex Jongsma for 36 years for de Telegraaf, both Dutch national newspapers.