GM Antonio stays on top in World Senior Chess

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The sixth seed and manytime Philippine Open champion Antonio, using his petline Alapin with the white pieces, tried to ride the momentum of a pair of impressive victories but failed to squeeze out a victory and settled for a draw against Zuniga, a four-time American continental champion.

Antonio and Zuniga were joined at the top of the leaderboard with 5.0 points by No. 3 seed GM Zurab Sturua of Georgia (2536), No. 5 GM Eric Prie of France (2482), No. 10 International Master Alexander Reprintsev of Ukraine (2361) and No. 13 IM Oliver Brendel of Germany (2334) in the 50-yearsold category.

Sturua dismantled IM Devaki Prasad of India (2290) in 56 moves of a King’s Indian Defense, Prie outclassed No. 9 seed GM Giorgi Bagaturov of Georgia (2399) in 71 moves of an English Opening, Reprintsev waylaid No. 4 Fide Master Klaus Bischoff of Germany (2513) in 46 moves of a Reti Opening and Brendel subdued No. 8 IM Evgenij Kalegin of Russia (2426) in 71 moves of another English skirmish.

In today’s seventh round, Zuniga will face Brendel on board 1, Reprintsev goes up against Sturua on board 2 and Prie takes on Antonio on board 3.

Another Filipino entry in the tournament, GM Eugene Torre (2465) defeated No. 26 Matthias Kierzek of Germany (2252) in 54 moves of a Nimzo-Indian Defense.

The victory allowed Torre to gain a share of seventh place with 4.5 points in the 65-years-old and above category. — Marlon Bernardino

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