AS a way to remember and recognize the valuable contribution of the late SunStar Cebu and Superbalita Cebu’s Chess columnist Francisco “Boy” Pestaño to the local chess community, the Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca) will hold its anniversary tournament to its founding president.
On its 27th year anniversary, Cepca president Eng’r Jerry Maratas and the rest of the officers decided to name the cash- rich tournament Boy “Chessmoso” Pestaño Open Chess Tournament on Oct. 7 and 8 . The late founding president died last May.
Pestaño was Cepca’s founding president in 1990 and 1991 and has been still very active as the chairman of the membership committee until the time of his death.
Last year, Cepca handed more that P60,000 in cash prizes to the winners of the 26th Anniversary tournament which was participated by 172 players and was eventually won by Carlos “Pepo” Moreno IIII.
The tournament will be held at the Robinsons Galleria-Cebu and Cebu’s top chess players as well as those players who were touched by Pestaño’s generosity and big heart will be joining.
A chemical engineer before his retirement, Pestaño and eight other chess enthusiasts that includes Art Ynclino, Sonny Sollano, Gerry Tomakin, Danny Pestano, Bombi Aznar, Loy Minoza, Alex Tolentino and Nicnic Climaco, established Cepca with a sole reason to provide avenue for executives to enjoy the game.
However, because of Pestaño’s insistence, Cepca became an open group, thus the inclusion of kiddies and ladies to their monthly tournaments as well as the holding of kiddies tournament, and open tournament as part of their help for the growth of Cebu Chess.
“Boy was very passionate about the whole world of chess, from games to players to tournaments to organizers and even the politics in chess. I admire his deep intelligence and creativity. He was also the chief architect of some of our memorable activities such as the Cepcans vs. Lady Varsity players and Cepcans vs. inmates. He was also instrumental in the inclusion of ladies and kids in our monthly qualifying tournaments. He even shouldered the registration fees for some of them,” Maratas described Pestaño when he was still alive. (RCM)