GM An­to­nio rules 2017 Ili­gan Fi­esta chess­fest

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By JAIME A. FRIAS II

GRAND­MAS­TER ROGELIO `Joey’ An­to­nio ruled the 2017 Mayor Celso Re­gen­cia Dyandi Fes­ti­val Ili­gan Open Chess Tour­na­ment on Sun­day at Lai-Lai Gar­den, Pala-o in Ili­gan City.

The 57-year-old An­to­nio, a many time RP-Olympiad mem­ber, sealed the ti­tle af­ter a gentle­man’s draw with the equally strong Na­tional Mas­ter Rom­mel Gan­zon in the 9th and fi­nal round of the Swiss Sys­tem tour­ney.

An­to­nio fin­ished with eight points on seven wins and two draws in­clud­ing one from Cagayan de Oro City’s Nazario Ubanan in the fifth round.

The 32-year-old Gan­zon, a na­tive of Iloilo and now a Cebu-based player, scored 7.5 points in a tie with Jayson Salu­bre of Davao del Norte. But Gan­zon copped the sec­ond place tro­phy with his su­pe­rior tiebreak points.

Just among the few play­ers who man­aged to hold GM An­to­nio to a draw, Ubanan could se­cure a top-3 fin­ish but he lost steam against Salu­bre in the fi­nal round.

Both of them were in panic time sit­u­a­tion with more than a minute left to play on the clock when Ubanan froze and let his time ex­pired, thus send­ing him to sixth spot with seven points.

“Sayang kaayo ang akong mo­men­tum, tabla lang ang gik­i­na­hanglan. Pero ok lang gi­hapon ko kay nat­abla­han nako si Joey,” said Ubanan af­ter the tour­na­ment.

An­to­nio went home P20,000 richer, while Gan­zon and Salu­bre bagged P10,000 and P5,000, re­spec­tively.

An­other Oro chesser Bryan Jose al­most whipped the up­set axe against An­to­nio in the sev­enth round but missed a stun­ning knight ma­neu­ver in the 20th move.

(JAIME A. FRIAS II)

KIBITZERS crowd­ing the match be­tween Grand­mas­ter Joey An­to­nio and Cagayan de Oro's Nazario Ubanan on Satur­day's Round 5 of the 2017 Dyandi Fes­ti­val Open Chess Tour­na­ment in Lai-Lai Gar­dens, Ili­gan City. Ubanan holds his GM foe to a draw.

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