Friday, September 11, 2015

Pestaño: Cepca silver jubilee tournament

THE Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca), the longest-running chess club in Cebu, will celebrate its silver anniversary this month with an open tournament in SM City on Sept. 19 and 20.
The club is not also known nationally but also, to some extent, internationally due to our grand masters tournaments and simul exhibitions with foreign players. I have already written a previous article two months ago about its beginning and accomplishments.
The club is not open to just any player, but is exclusive to executives, businessmen or entrepreneurs and professionals. Its primary purposes is to meet the chess needs of its members and to promote the game in Cebu.
The champion will take home P10,000 plus a magnificent trophy, while the second placer will get P7,000 and also a trophy. I have seen dozens of trophies in the past and these are the best of them. The winners will treasure these trophies throughout their life. The third placer will pocket P5,000 and the fourth and fifth placers will get P3,000 and P2,000, respectively. The sixth to 20th placers will also get cash prizes.
There will also be special prizes for the top three Kiddies (14-Under), top three ladies, top three Class A Cepca members, top three Class B Cepca members and the top senior (60-above players).
The format is nine-rounds Swiss and time control is 30 minutes plus five-second increments. Registration fee is P300 for the regular players, P200 for Cepca members and seniors, and P150 for ladies and kiddies.
Registration is on site starting at 10:30 a.m. while the tournament will start at 1 p.m. Four rounds will be played on Saturday and five rounds on Sunday starting 11 am.
Ouir monthly tournament, which will include children of Cepca members, will be this Sunday, at Handuraw Gorordo starting 2 p.m. Ladies are also invited and may register for free. This month`s sponsor is Ellery Berciles.
Pacquiao tournament. This 4-man team tournament was played last Sept. 4 and 5 at SM Mall, General Santos and sponsored by the legendary Manny Pacquiao.
Format was a random seven rounds Swiss with one hour time control. Random chess is a variant advocated by Bobby Fischer. Placement of the major pieces is not the same as standard chess but randomized for every round. This will force the players to rely on their creativity and talent as most masters memorize the first 10 or so starting moves of standard chess..
Cebu’s Rose Pharmacy A (IM Oliver Dimakiling, IM Kim Steven Yap, Edsel Montoya, Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano) finished at a tie for fourth to sixth places with Estomo Bohol (Norman Longjas, Jose Vito Tapulgo, Rommel Ganzon, Allan Salientes) and Acxent Glass A (GM Darwin Laylo, NM David Alorta, Sherwin Tiu, Samson Lim). Each won P35,000.
The big purse of P300,000 was snared by the Mark Yabut Jake Carlos Realty and Finance team composed of International Master Richelieu “Jongjong” Salcedo III, Alfredo Rapanot, National Master Jerad Docena and Kevin Mirano.
Tied for second and third were the Acxent Glass B team of International Masters Ronald Dableo, Jan Emmanuel Garcia, Timothy John Kua So and Christian Arroyo and the Pacman Crusaders team of Joel Pimentel Jr., Roel Abelgas and Recarte Tiauson and Lennon Hart Salgados. Each won P150,000.
Eugene Torre teamed up with Pacquiao, former PBA star Zaldy Realubit, and kiddie sensation Alekhine Nouri for the 11th placer Pacman 2 .Torre won the gold in board one, while Kimkim also won the gold medal in board 2. The board 3 and 4 winners were John So Kua and Allan Salientes.
Twenty-four teams participated in this first random team tournament.

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