Antonio rules Orbe online chessfest

March 26, 2020

GRANDMASTER Rogelio Antonio, Jr. added another feather to his cap by ruling the first edition of the Cesar Orbe Memorial Chess 960 blitz series.

Antonio, one of the country's most-experienced players, finished with 9.5 points on eight  wins and three draws to capture the title in the tough, 197-player online tournament.

FIDE Master Sander Severino finished with the same score of 9.5 points as Antonio, but settled for runner-up honors due to lower tiebreak score.

NM Rolzon Roullo edged GM Darwin Laylo and two other players on tie-break to clinch third place.

The tournament attracted a total of 197 players, including World Chess Olympiad-bound GM Laylo and IM Paulo Bersamina, as well as WGM Janelle Mae Frayna, IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia, and IM Daniel Quizon.

The next edition of this five-tournament series will be held on  Wednesday April 1.

Earlier, two-time Asian Juniors champion GM Rogelio Barcenilla, Jr. topped the first Philippine National Bullet Online chess championship last March 23.

Barcenilla, who rose to promince bg winning the Asian junior championships in India in 1989 and Dubai in 1990, collected 15 points on  14 wins, two draws and two losses in the 18-round competition.

The Arizona, USA-based Barcenilla drew his final round match against with FM Sander Severino to clinch the title in the 200-player tournament supported by  National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP)  chairman/president Prospero "Butch" Pichay.

IM Daniel Quizon  finished second wth 14 points,  folowed by unheralded Samson Lim in third olace with 13.5 points and Antonio in gourth olace with  13 points.

Antonio also bagged the top Senior award.