Pestaño: Induction of officers and grand finals

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Thursday, December 12, 2013


ATTENTION, all Cepca members. Please be reminded that our Christmas party will be this Sunday at Lola Saling’s Grill and restobar in Casungtingan,Mandaue beside Gaisano. Please inform me today if you can attend if you had not done so.

We will also have the Grand Finals for the monthly winners. They are Jongjong Melendez, Percival Fiel,last year`s champion Rey Flores, Maggi Dionson, Manny Abucay, Jun Kidlat, Freddie Casagan, Arnold Cadiz, Harrison Chua, Peterson Sia, Jimmy Te and Romy Pialan.

The non-qualifiers will also have a separate tourney. The champions of both events will receive unique trophies, handmade by member Engr. Ronald Galindo Ces, the coordinator of the college of Engineering of the University of San Carlos.

We will also have an induction of the new officers for 2014. The incoming officers are

president Jerry Maratas, vice president external Marvyne Guardiana, vice-president internal Dante Arguelles, secretary Jun Olis, treasurer Jun Kidlat, auditor Ruel Hortelano, and me as PRO. Completing the nine-man board are Jojo Muralla and Mandy Baria.

The inducting officer will be former city mayor Alvin Garcia, an honorary member of the club.

Chess prisoners. The news this week has also been about those in prison. Homicide convict and former Batangas Gov. Antonio Leviste is a free man again after being granted parole.

But P-Noy has strongly objected to his release.

He is a national figure as he once was married to Sen. Loren Legarda and is the father of Toni Leviste, the bemedalled Asian Games equestrienne.

There were nearly 600 detainees at the Leyte Provincial Jail when Yolanda destroyed the complex allowing all of the prisoners to escape. 251 prisoners returned, and are now being housed in a section of the jail that suffered minor damage.

World champions who have been in prison were Bobby Fischer, detained in Japan when his passport was cancelled,Garry Kasparov for protesting against Putin and Russian Alexander Alekhine, arrested in Germany when war broke out.

Claude Bloodgood was sentenced to death after being convicted of murdering his mother, although the sentence was later commuted. While in prison, he played a large number of correspondence games. Over time, he achieved a very high ranking in the United States Chess Federation.

Robert Stroud, known as the “Birdman of Alcatraz” (there’s a movie made about him), was sentenced to life in prison for murder and while there, killed one of the guards and was placed in solitary. He reared and sold birds and became a respected ornithologist. The only contact he had with the outside world, aside from the birds, was playing chess with his guards .

Raymond A. Weinstein has an IM title acquired in 1962. He has been incarcerated since for killing a man in 1964. He defeated many top American players, including Reshevsky and Benko.

Milan Matulovic, who died a few months ago, was a grandmaster and one of the strongest Yugoslav player for much of the 1960s and 1970s. He was convicted of manslaughter and served nine months in prison for a car accident in which a woman was killed.

Alexandre Deschapelles was a French chess player who was probably the strongest player in the world after Philidor. He was considered the unofficial world champion from 1800 to 1820.He was in prison for his part in the insurrection of June 1832.

Other chess playing prisoners were James Mortimer, GM Ludek Pachman, Norman Whitaker and world champion Wilhelm Steinitz for the silly crime of sending coded military secrets when he was just playing correspondence chess.

(boypestano@gmail.com,www.chessmoso.blogspot.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 12, 2013.

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