by Marlon Bernardino
Manila---Grandmaster (GM) Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. strikes again.
The 58-year-old Antonio defeated National Master (NM) Carlos Edgardo Garma in the last round to ruled the Baby Uno chess challenge dubbed as Police Col. Jaime Osit Santos chess championship (Individual Open To All Title Master) held last Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the lichess.org.
Champion - GM Joey Antonio
2nd Place - FM Jesse Sales
3rd Place - NM Joules Sinangotov
4th Place - US NM Jojo Aquino
5th Place - IM Chito Garma
6th Place - AGM Marc Paraguya
7th Place - NM Elwin Herbias Retanal
8th Place - NM Rolando Andador
9th Place - AGM Hermie Cagatin
10th Place - AGM/NM Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr.
Top Lady - WFM Allaney Jia Doroy
Top 2400 - NM Carlos Edgardo Garma
Top 2300 - IM Rony Roca
Having played thousands of chess games online to earn the "Ironman" moniker, Antonio scored 10.5 points on account of 10 wins, one draw and one loss to win the 12 round swiss tournament (3 minutes blitz time control format) in the event organized by Bayanihan Chess Club headed by AGM/NM Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. and Genghis Katipunan Imperial.
"I am happy that the mixed master’s tournament continue to attract chess players of world class caliber. I wish to congratulate all those hurdlers most specially the Philippine online chess king Gm Joey Antonio. Indeed, he once again prove his supremacy in the very strong line up of competitors tonight. It only showed that he is an original masterpiece of brilliancy and steadfastness. Congratulations and carry on! We shall continue this tournament on a weekly basis to further the strength and stamina of other players. Mabuhay! Thank you also to the dynamic duo of Bayanihan Chess Club headed by AGM/NM Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. and CM Genghis Imperial." said San Juan City Chief of Police and chess supporter Police Colonel Jaime Osit Santos who sponsored the said event.
Australia based Fide Master (FM) Jesse Noel Sales, National Master (NM) Julius Sinangote and US master Jose "Jojo" Aquino Jr. tallied identical 8 points apiece to share the second, third and fourth place.
In solo fifth is International Master (IM) Chito Garma who totes 7.5 points.
Rounding up to the top 10 were AGM Marc Paraguya (6th),NM Elwin Herbias Retanal (7th), NM Rolando Andador (8th),AGM Hermie Cagatin (9th) and AGM/NM Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. (10th). Adjudged category winners were WFM Allaney Jia Doroy (top lady),NM Carlos Edgardo Garma (top Under 2400) and IM Petronio Roca (top Under 2300). -Marlon Bernardino-