Pestaño: Special tournament for seniors

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


THIS will come as a surprise. Aside from the traditional Fathers’ and Mothers’ days, there is also a “Lolo” and “Lola day”. It is being celebrated in some countries in the world, including the Philippines and for 2014, it is on the first Sunday of September.

In some countries, malls and restaurants lay out the red carpet for grandparents through special sales, discounts, free movies, gift giving. Hospitals give free check up and medicines. As the number of grandparents continues to grow, so does the impact they make on the lives of their grandchildren.

I only knew of this this week when couple Eduard and Therese dela Torre of Cebu Chess Masters announced a “Seniors tournament” starting tomorrow and Sunday at the Cybergate Robinson Mall located along Don Gil Garcia St. Capitol site.

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This is open only to seniors 40 years and over and for those who do not look their age, an ID is required.

Prizes are P6,000 and a trophy for the champion and P4,000 and P2,000 for the next two placers. The fourth to 10th placers will get P1,000 gift certificates, while the best female performer gets P1,000.

This tournament will be NCFP-rated and the format is seven rounds Swiss with a time control of 30 minutes plus 20-second increments.

Registration is P300 on or before Sept. 4 and P350 onsite. Tournament starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

For more info, contact Cebu Chess Masters at 266-8966 and Michael Pagaran 09321338641.

For the young ones, IM Kimkim Yap and GM John Paul Gomez will hold simuls at the Cebu Chess School on Sunday.

Sagay. The 1st Sagay City Open Chess Tournament 2014 will be held on Sept 27-28 at the Balay Kauswagan Hall, Poblacion I, Sagay City. It is sponsored by the City Government of Sagay in coordination with Barangay Poblacion I.

The organizers are Candido “Coycoy” Lepiten and Barangay Chairman Bienvenido Fernandez Sr. while the Chief Arbiter is Marvin Ruelan.

The top three placers will get P15,000, P10,000 and 5,000, while the fourth and fifth placers get P3,000 and P2,000 respectively.

Registration fees are P400 (with free two-night accomodations at Balay Kauswagan) while Sagay residents only pay P200. Students from Sagay will only pay P100.

Contact persons are Monina C. Candelario (0936-9158659), Loremer V. Dilag (0920-6955408), and Candido “Coycoy” Lepiten (0927-2844404).

Lepiten( who studied at SWU) is extending his invitation to all Cebuano players, especially to his old-time friends . He assures that they will be taken cared of while in Sagay.

Sinquefield. When Bobby Fischer shut out Mark Taimanov and Bent Larsen by similar 6-0 wins in route to a 20-0 straight record over the top players in the world then in 1971, his performance rating was estimated at a whopping 3060.

Now a similar achievement is taking place in what is considered to be the strongest tournament in history , the 2014 Sinquefield Cup.

The players are No. 1 Magnus Carlsen (Norway) , No. 2 Levon Aronian (Armenia), No. 3 Fabiano Caruana (Italy), No. 5 Hikaru Nakamura (USA), No. 8 Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and No. 9 Maxime Vachier Lagrave (France). Their average rating is 2802 and it is the first ever Category 24 tournament in history.

Caruana has beaten all his opponents in an amazing six straight wins! His performance rating is calculated at 3596 and he has gained 29.6 rating points so far, while all the other players have lost rating points. He leads the reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen, by an unbelievable three points with just 4 rounds remaining.

Regardless of what the results will be in the remaining four rounds , this is the greatest chess performance of all time.

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

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2014.

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