GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. asserted his supremacy anew when he topped the fourth Baby Uno online chess tournament at Lichess last Thursday.
Antonio, one of the country’s more-experienced players, finished with 13 points on 11 wins and four draws in the 15-round tournament also known as Seaman Chief Engineer Julio Trunio Jr. Chess Cup.
The 58-year-old pride of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, who is hoping to earn his place in the national team to the 44th World Chess Olympiad in Moscow next year, defeated Stephen Manzanero in the 14th and penultimate round and drew with Eduard Sumergido in the final round to clinch the title.
“Thank God. Maganda talaga ang nilalaro ko ngayon,” said Antonio in a message to People’s Tonight.
It was the seocnd straight Uno Challenge title for Antonio, a former standout of University of Manila.
Before topping the Uno Challenge, Antonio also ruled the M.A. Yabut Realty and Construction online chess tournament last June 27 and finished runner-up to GM Mark Paragua in the Rep. Prospero Pichay Birthday Cup-Battle of Grandmasters final last June 28.
Jerome Villanueva finished in a tie for second to third places with Manzanero with 11 points apiece but took runner-up honors by virtue of higher tiebreak score in the tournament, which attracted a total of 135 participants.
Manzanero settled for third place.
The other top finishers in the event organized by Bayanihan Chess Club in cooperation with the Philippine E-9 Chess Club -South Korea are University of Makati coach Clark dela Torre, NM Gerardo Cabellon, Jess Calabia and Sumergido, who all finished with 10.5 points.
Completing the top10 finishers are Ian Ted Montoyo (eighth), NM Jasper Rom (ninth) and Robert Cacho (10th).
Also receiving special awards are IM Baro Nadera (top Pampanga player), Manzanero (top PECA executive), Marlon Bernardino (top media), Gladys Hazell Romero (top lady) and Yosef Immanuel Tanguilan Morada (top kiddie).
The tournament was also supported by PECA president Dr. Fred Paez, Dr. Jenny Mayor, Saudi Arabia- based Jimmy Reyes, Jun Isaac, Ron Demain, Mc Daniel Ebao, engr. Ernie Faeldonia, former NCFP director Ed Madrid, Kim Zafra, Chief P/Supt. Jaime Osit Santos, Kriz “Dodoy” Villareal, Mark Anthony Mallari Yabut and Pretty Zada Skincare Products.