ROXAS CITY – A retired bank official in Capiz was elected president of the newly-formed Capiz Chess Association, Inc. The chess group headed by Nelson Deita, who was formerly with the Allied Bank-Roxas Branch, had its induction of officers last month at the MVW Hotel and Restaurant.
Aside from Deita, other officers of the group were Manolito Balgos, vice president; Felixberto Baguyo Jr., secretary; Anthony Arcangeles, treasurer; Ariel Andrada, auditor; and Mark Tutica, press relations officer.
The board of directors is composed of the following: NM Francis Jocson, Rolly de la Cruz, Pericles Chua, Francisco Lamayo Jr. and Kenneth Dominador Chavez.
Consultants of the group are Edward Basilonia, Ronald Amigo, Ronilo Tu and Jose Aldea.
The members are Anthony Anoche, George Philip Vito, Guisan Artates, Jefferson Almalbis, Jocel Oquindo, Joesel Tumanon, Pegah Cam, Peter Paul Mejorada, Rhayan Amoyo, Von Ryan Alovera. The special members are Sidney Patricio and Wendell de Matias, who are both based in the United States.
The CCA Inc. is a nonstock, nonprofit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It was formed to develop aspiring chess aficionados and promote the game as a premier sports in Roxas City and Capiz province.
In the 70s, the “byword” of chess fanatics in Capiz was the name of former Philippine National Junior Champion Frederick Tumanon of Barangay Tiza, Roxas City. People then became optimistic that it was only a matter of time before his feat would be duplicated.
And, after more than two decades, Capiz produced its first National Master in the person of Francis Jocson, also of Barangay Tiza, Roxas City.
This became possible after Jocson made a sterling performance by disposing Marquee National Masters in the 1999 Inter-Province Chess Tournament held in Cagayan de Oro City. It rekindled hopes for the Capiceño Chess enthusiasts.
The following year, Capiz placed 11th in the National Intercities and Provinces team champinship held in Bacolod City.
In October 2000, the CCA was organized by a battery of young professionals whose aim was to change the image of the Chess empire here from a “dominant” into a “more respected” organization as well as bring Chess to a greater height. Another aim was to develop new talents that will eventually bring pride and glory to the province.
With the formation of the CCA, 8 year-old Chess wonder Argie Nobleza salvaged a silver medal in the 2000 National Batang Pinoy held in Metro Manila. Also in the same year, certified public accountat Catalino “Baby” Pestaño of Aranldo Boulevard, Roxas City became the province’s second National Master. In 2007, Mary Joy Bernada of Filamer Christian College and Pegah Cam of Marcos Fuentes Integrated School in Dinginan, Roxas City made a remarkable performances a both of them landed 6th and 10th places, respectively, in the 2nd National Philippine Festival held in Metro Manila.
With such accomplishments made by the homegrown woodpushers, the CCA Inc. has already conducted 15 successful tournaments since December 2000; the League of the Municipalities Inter-Town Chess Team Tournament in August 2000; Mayor Locsin Cup in May 2003; Individual Chess Open in April 2004; Sindfy “Danny” Patricio Chess Active Tournament in August 2004; Congressman Roging Dadivas Cup in December 2004; Capiz Chess But’z Tournament in October 2005; 2nd Congressman Roging Dadivas Regional Chess Active in December 2005; 3rd Roging Dadivas Regional Chess Active in December 2006; Capiz Chess Grand Prix in October 2007; Gov. Victor Tanco Sr. Regional Chess Grand Prix in December 2007; Mayor Vicente Bermejo Roxas City Chess Elimination in January 2008; Provincial Chess Elimination in April 2008 and Duso: Capiz Versus Aklan Goodwill Games in April 2008.
Almost 8 visiting National Masters played in the Land of Capiceños namely, NMS Rodrigo Atotubo (Olympiad player) and Rolando Andrador of Talisay City; NMS Alfredo Acaling and Carlito la Vega Jr. of Cadiz City; NMS Cezar Mariano and Ernesto Jayme of Iloilo City; NM Nouri Hamled of Escalante City and NM Wilfredo Neri of Aklan. Hundreds of chess players coming from different places in Western Visayas savor the unique brand of Capiceño hospitality. Ditto with Kim Domdum, a national arbiter accredited by the National Chesss Federation of the Philippines and who has already officiated several tournaments in Capiz.
In response to the government’s program calling all the youths to participate in sports development in the countryside, the quest to discover new talents in the grassroots continues. Hopefully, with the CCA Inc. at the helm, Chess will no longer be relegated to the background.
By: Harold A. Feliciano – The Capiz Times
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