Ty rules Cepca’s grand finals

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Monday, December 16, 2013


A NEW member ruled the yearend tournament of the Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca) last Sunday at Lola Saling’s Grill and Restobar in Casuntingan, Mandaue City.

The big winner was the 28-year-old Tacloban City-born civil engineer Jimmy Ty, who defeated fellow newbie Peterson Sia in the finals.

Listed in Bracket B along with the defending champion Rey Flores, lawyer Jong-Jong Melendez, Sia and car rental owner Jun Kidlat, Ty advanced to the semifinals after scoring 3.0 points on three wins and two draws.

Sia copped the second slot to the semifinals after scoring 2.5 points on two victories and three draws, while Percival Fiel and Manny Abucay took the two spots for Bracket A.

In the semifinal round, Ty defeated Abucay and Sia downed Fiel to arrange a knockout championship, which the former East Visayas State University chess varsity player eventually won.

Fiel won third place after beating Abucay.

Ty, who took the last slot after winning the November qualifying tournament, went home with the P3,000 cash prize and the customized champion’s trophy created by Dr. Rannie Galindez of USC Engineering Department.

Another new member who made waves was Carlo Maraat, who topped the non-qualifiers tournament.

Maraat, an accountant working at the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) 7, scored a total of 4.5 points to win the title.

Maraat defeated Caesar Fernandez (Round 1), El Labunog (R2), Jojo Muralla (R3) and Jun Pasion (R4) before drawing his final match against Amado Olea.

Olea and Pasion got the second and third prizes, respectively.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 17, 2013.

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