MANILA, Philippines – Grandmaster (GM) Rogelio “Joey” Antonio, Jr., dominated the first Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Harry Angping Cup rapid chess championships in Pasig City over the weekend.
The twelve-time RP Open champion Antonio, defeated US-based International Master (IM) Julio Catalino Sadorra to capture the Open division title and the top purse of P50,000 in the two-day event held last Friday and Saturday at the PhilSports Arena (formerly ULTRA).
Antonio, the reigning ASEAN blitz champion, toppled Nhatz Loyaga, Samson Lim, Jr., Christian Arroyo, Conrado Diaz, FIDE Master (FM) David Elorta and FM Jan Emmanuel Garcia.
He settled for a truce with top seed GM Wesley So in the 7th round and GM John Paul Gomez in the 8th round before beating Sadorra in the 9th and final round to finish with 8 points in 9 games of play.
So, meantime, defeated Garcia in the final round to finish among the 2nd to 4th placers together with IM Rolando Nolte and NM Alex Milagrosa. They tallied 7.5 points apiece. Garcia was stuck at 7 points and dropped to a tie for 5th to 9th places in the company of IM Emmanuel Senador, Pascua, Elorta and Sadorra.
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