THE biggest chess tournament of the Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca) will unfold this Saturday and Sunday at the Knight Attack Chess Café, with huge cash prizes for the winners.
Cepca president Eng’r Jerry Maratas formally announced that a total of P58,000 in cash prizes are up for grabs in the two-day and nine-round Swiss System tournament Pestaño Open, an even named after Cepca’s founding president Boy “Chessmoso” Pestaño.
“It feels weird to be celebrating our anniversary without Boy. The Boy “Chessmoso” Pestaño Open is our way of recognizing his valuable contribution to Cepca as well as the entire chess community in Cebu,” Maratas said in a meeting with the press last Wednesday evening.
The tournament is supported by the Pestaño Family, who are glad for the honor given to the late family member.
Pestaño, who wrote a chess column for SunStar Cebu and Superbalita, was the press relations officer and chairman of membership committee at the time of his death last May.
“We’re naming our regular anniversary tournament as our tribute to the venerable heart and soul of Cepca. Boy may be gone but through this, he will be remembered and his legacy will be cemented,” added Maratas.
Also present during the meeting was Nick Climaco, the last surviving founder of Cepca, Ruel Hortelano, Bob Inocian and tournament arbiter Fide Arbiter Marvin Ruelan.
Ruelan is expecting more than 120 local and out-of-town players in the tournament that is also supported by Celjem Construction and Development Corp. and Jemar Engineering Services.
Aside from the trophy, the champion will pocket P10,000, the second placer will get P7,000, the third placer gets P5,000 and the fourth and fifth placers will get P3,000.
The sixth to the 10th finishers will win P1,500 each, the 11th to the 15th placers will get P1,000 each and the 16th to the 25th finishers will pocket P500 each.
Special prizes of P1,500, P1,000 and P700 will be also given to the top thee Ladies, Kiddies (14-under), Cepcans and Seniors (55 and above).
Entry fee is pegged at P200 for the kiddies/ladies, P250 for Cepcans, and P350 for regular players inclusive of snacks on opening day.
Registration will be from 10:30 a.m. up to 1p.m. on Saturday and the tournament will start at 1:30 p.m. (RCM)