Grandmaster (GM) Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. showed yet again why he’s one of the greatest athletes in the field of online blitz chess.
The 13-time Philippine Open Champion Antonio topped the M.A. Yabut Realty and Construction Birthday Chess Online Tournament at the lichess.org last Saturday.
Antonio, the pride of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro won with undefeated score of 13 points on 11 wins and four draws in this 15-round Swiss tournament.
Claiming the second to third places, respectively were Sherwin Tiu and Fide Master (FM) Richard Alejandro Garcia Mortos of Cuba. They finished with 12.5 points apiece.
Jerome Villanueva took solo fourth with 11.5 points.
National Master (NM) engineer Robert Arellano, led the group with 10 points. They include Jess Calabia, Woman Fide Master (WFM) Allaney Jia Doroy and Jasper Faeldonia.
Rounding up to the top 16 were International Master (IM) Barlo Nadera (9th), Arena Grandmaster (AGM) Marlon Bernardino (10th), Genghis Imperial (11th), Rheann Estareja Auza (12th), Ted Ian Montoyo (13th), Juan Carlos Presente (14th), Jayril Ramos (15th) and Robert Cacho (16th) with 9.5 points each.
Also receiving special awards in the recent free registration tournament organized by Bayanihan Chess Club in close cooperation with Arjie Bayangat were Bernardino (top Media), Arellano (top PECA executive), Doroy (top Lady), Nadera (top OJ chess team), Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Franiel Angela Magpily (top kiddy 11 years old and below) and Engr. Mark Anthony Yabut - (Top Pampanga).
Meanwhile, wizard Jasper Concepcion Faeldonia claimed the overall championship in the Happy 1st Month Gabriel Neri Online chess tournament held last week at lichess.org, organized by De La Salle University coach Susan Grace Neri.
The 15-year-old Faeldonia, an incoming Grade 10 student of Arellano University who is training under the watchful eye of coach National Master (NM) Rudy Ibanez, stood out among country’s young chess players from all over the region to take home the coveted title.
Faeldonia started with the wrong foot losing to the University of San Carlos-Cebu ace Jave Mareck Peteros in round 2 but bounced back by winning the last five rounds against different players including 2nd placer Jerome Angelo Aragones of University of Perpetual Help System DALTA to win the crown in High School Division.