CARLOS “Pepo” Moreno III went home P10,000 richer after winning the 26th Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca) Anniversary Cup, scoring 8.5 points last Sunday at the Robinsons Galleria-Cebu.
Moreno defeated Anthony Buendia, Fernando Diloy, Leonardo Alidani, Rex Cabungcal, Rommel Ganzon, Venancio Loyola, Diego Abraham Capariño and Mario Mangubat and settled for a draw with Jethro Esplanada in the ninth round to become the solo winner.
Ganzon finished second after a loss loss to the eventual champion in the fifth round and pocketed the P7,000 prize for second place.
Top seed IM Kim Steven Yap and Esplanada shared the third and fourth places after finishing with 7.5 points each, while Loyola, Merben Roque, Richard Natividad, Mario Mangubat, Bhell Ortiz and Michael Tinga completed the rest of the top 10 finishers after scoring 7.0 points each.
Tinga received an additional P1,500 prize for winning Cepca A with Jimmy Ty and Arnolito Cadiz claiming the second and third prizes respectively. All three scored 6.5 points each.
Chris Aldritz Pondoyo won the kiddies 15-Under over John Lester Belano and Duane Borgonia, while Jerish John Velarde won the Kiddies 10Under title with 5.5 points. Dwayne Abella won second place with 5.0 points and Edelyn Vosotros settled for third place also with 5.0 points.