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.

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