MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ Joey Antonio showed his mastery of “online chess” as he blew away the competitiveness to crown himself champion of the Very first Asian Seniors Championship Tuesday night.
Living up to his track record as the “Ironman” of the on line sport, Antonio, a 58-calendar year-previous Grandmaster, took the title by storm and scored 7.5 factors out of the achievable 9, or a comprehensive stage in advance of eventual second placer, fourth seed GM Tair Vahidov of Uzbekistan with 6.5.
Tied for 1st with countryman Worldwide Learn Ricky de Guzman immediately after the fifth spherical with 4.5 details apiece, won his up coming two online games when the latter misplaced a few straight and cruised to the crown from there.
Antonio, a 13-time countrywide winner and 10-time Olympian, then break up the level with Uzbek GMs, 3rd seed Alexei Barsov and prime pick Saidali Iuldachev, in the seventh and eighth spherical, respectively, right before crushing a lowly Nassir Wajih of India in the final spherical to nail the title.
It was a victory that gave the Calapan, Oriental Mindoro indigenous self confidence as he competes for the Philippine crew seeing motion in the to start with FIDE On the net Olympiad that began Wednesday.
“I have much too lots of persons to thank and GM JP is a person of them for assisting me restore the confidence in myself by providing up his slot in the Olympic qualifier,” mentioned Antonio, referring to John Paul Gomez.
Provided a next prospect by Gomez, Antonio shipped and clinched the fourth and previous place to the workforce that will be spearheaded by GMs Mark Paragua, Banjo Barcenilla and Darwin Laylo.
De Guzman, who topped the Zone 3.3 eliminations ahead of National Master Rudy Ibanez and Antonio final 7 days, blew his title odds with 3 defeats in row from the sixth to the eighth spherical.
He clobbered Jamal Md. Mohsin of Bangladesh in the final spherical to protect a fourth-position finish with 5.5 points.
Ibanez manufactured it to the prime 10 with four factors.
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