The City Government of San Carlos thru the Pintaflores Foundation and San Carlos Negros Chess Club held the First Mayor Rene Gustilo Cup Open Chess Tournament last Oct. 8-9, 2022 at the SCC Multi-Purpose Hall, Park Marina, Brgy. 3.
At least 90 participants from different parts of the country competed in the open category of the said tourney where National Master Roque Merben of Cebu City was hailed champion and received P20,000 cash.
International Master Joel Pimentel won second place and received P12,000 cash followed by Jerry Areque as third place winner with P8,000 cash prize.
The said top three players also received trophies while the top 6 to 10 players received P1,500 pesos and the top 11 to 25 received P1,000 pesos each.
Mario Areque of Cebu City bagged the top senior and received P1,000 followed by Reynaldo Flores in second place with P500 cash.
Meanwhile, top 13 years old and under players Ryien Bahita and Apple Rubin received P1,000 and P500, respectively.
Both Bahita and Rubin were also the top 1 and 2 female players who were also given cash prizes.
Henry Silva, San Carlos Negros Chess Club president said the prestigious chess tournament aimed at inviting top players in the country as well as promoting tourism.
Grandmaster Darwin Laylo and Silva made the ceremonial move to formally open the said tournament.