Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pestaño: Kiddies tournament on April 12

Thursday, April 3, 2014

THE Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca) will be sponsoring a tournament for children ages 14 and under on April 12 at the Cebu School of Chess whose address is listed below.
The tournament will have the boys and girls divisions and the format format is seven rounds Swiss with time control of 20 minutes plus five-second increments. The registration fee is P100 and players may sign up starting at 9 a.m. .The tournament proper starts at 10 a.m.
Prizes will be announced later in press releases. There will also be special prizes for children 10 and under. The sponsors are Handuraw pizza (Gorordo, Jy Square , Kasambagan and Canduman),Jerry Maratas of Jemar Engineering Services, Marvyne Guardiana of VMA Power, Felix Balbona, Kelly Uy, Ben Dimaano, Carlo Maraat, Engr. John Velarde, Gabi Misterio, Manuel Abucay, Percival Fiel, Ruel Hortelano, Joel Cortes, Jennoh Tequillo and El Labunog .
Cepca March. Antonio “Tony” Cabibil won the Cepca monthly qualifying tournament for March held at Handuraw Pizza-Gorordo. He was undefeated in the five-round Swiss tourney and beat NM Arnolito Cadiz, 2012 grand champion Rey Flores, collegiate star Rosendo Yamyamin and the comebacking former Palarong Pambansa titlist Ben Dimaano.
Cabibil played for the SWU Varsity ChessTeam and was a two-time Cebu Blitz Champion (1995 and 2007) and was the 1996 Sinulog Open Champion.
Flores got second place and Yamyamin got third place.
CCM Masters. The 1st Cebu Chess Masters Rapid Chess Tournament was held at Colonnade Mall last weekend.
The top six placers were Carlos Moreno III (7 points), Venancio Loyola Jr. (6), Anthony Makinano, Edsel Montoya, Yves Christian Fiel, Glicerio Pardillo (5.5).
The top Kiddies are Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano, Jeremy Pepito and John Lester Belano, while the top ladies were Jessa Marie Balbona, Quennie Cablao and Gayl Bontes.
The sponsors and organizers of the tournament were couple Eduard and Therese dela Torre.
School of Chess. IM Kim Steven Yap sent me some planned activities for the newly-formed Cebu School of Chess, which is located at the Second Books building along P.del Rosario St.
The school has group and private trainings. The group training starts with beginners and progresses to tactics, theories of basic openings and endgame.
Private trainings are also conducted for veteran chess players, NMs, IMs and GMs.
Training dates will be announced. Fees are charged for the training sessions with discounts for members. Membership is P900 per year.
On April 8, GM Oliver Barbosa will give a lecture on chess at 1 p.m. followed by another lecture by Yap at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m. Barbosa will give a simultaneous chess exhibition, while Yap will have one at 5 p.m..
Simul winners will be awarded P1,000, while those who will get a draw will get P500.
They will also get a free one-year group training and an “I beat a master” medal. The last player to finish will receive the “toughest challenger” medal and all players will get the “I challenge the master” medal.
Barbosa (2564) has just won the strongest Open Asian tournament in Kolkata, India this year. It included 27 GMs, seven of were rated over 2600, 18 IMs and 4 WGMs with an average rating of 2394. It attracted 77 players from 13. He played the best performance of his life with five wins and five draws and a rating performance of 2688 despite playing seven GMs and three IMs. He went home with the top prize of $6,500.
He recorded wins over 2600+ players Levan Panstulaia and Konstantin Landa.
About our puzzle 309. This unique and creative puzzle is composed by John Jerish Velarde, a talented Cebuano who is only seven years old! He was an awardee for chess in the recent SAC-SMB big event last week. To my knowledge, he is the youngest composer of quality puzzles in the world and he will be contributing more puzzles in the future.

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