Antonio, 2 others barge into Asian Senior chess finals

Roy Luarca
The Filipino chess trio of Joey Antonio, Ricardo de Guzman and Rudy Ibanez reach the final round of the regional online tournament

International Master Ricardo de Guzman and National Master Rudy Ibanez won their seventh round matches on Thursday, July 16, to advance to the Asian Seniors Online Chess Championships finals with Grandmaster Rogelio “Joey” Antonio.

De Guzman, the former Asian Junior champion, bested Indonesian Rudijanto Majella while Ibanez, head coach of Arellano University, subdued Malaysian Lee Soi Hock to catch up with Antonio, who was held to a draw by Indonesian IM Dede Lioe, at the close of the Zone 3.3 qualifiers.

The Filipino trio finished with 6.0 points each, but De Guzman, who completed his recovery from a first round setback to Hock, ended up topnotcher and Ibanez second placer when the tiebreak was applied. Antonio, who won his first 5 games before drawing the last two, settled for third.

They will represent Zone 3.3 in the finals of the 50 and over division slated July 21, according to National Chess Federation of the Philippines executive director Atty. Cliburn Anthony Orbe.

According to Antonio, second placer in the 2017 World Chess Seniors held in Acqui Terme, Italy, he’ll be busy preparing not only for the Asian Seniors but also for the first FIDE (International Chess Federation) Online Olympiad set to start July 22.

IM Petronio Roca placed fourth with 5.5 points, followed by NM Jonathan Tan with 5.0 as Filipinos dominated the 56-player field also coming from Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Other Filipinos who competed were IM Chito Garma (8th place), NM Rolzon Roullo (10th), James Infiesto (13th), engineer Joel Hicap (16th), AGM/Dr Alfredo “Fred” Paez (17th), Nunilon Fulo III (18th), AIM Emmanuel Asi (24th), Jimmy Dano (25th), Jimmy Sigaya (27th), NM Mario Mangubat (29th), Joselito Asi (30th), Joselito Cada (31st), Father Vic Arellano (34th), IM Angelo Young (37th), Danilo Reyes (38th), Atty. Jose “Jong” Guevarra Jr. (39th), Felix Duterte (44th), Augusto Marcial (46th), NM Alexander Lupian (47th), IM Emmanuel Senador (48th) and AIM Martin “Binky” Gaticales (49th). –