Our condolence by the way goes to the family of GM Jayson Gonzales. Jayson Gonzales elder brother, Ruben Gonzales just passed away on Thursday at age 47 due to cardiac arrest. GM Jayson Gonzales just pull out from participating in the Battle of GMs for obvious reasons.
Report by Marlon Bernardino
(Open, 150 player's field)
8 points---GM Rogelio Antonio Jr.
7.5 points---GM Wesley So, IM Rolando Nolte, NM Alex Milagrosa
7 points---FM Jan Emmanuel Garcia, IM Emmanuel Senador, FM Haridas Pascua, FM David Elorta, IM Julio Catalino Sadorra
6.5 points---GM John Paul Gomez, GM Darwin Laylo, NM Alcon John Datu, FM Jony Habla, IM Oliver Dimakiling, Narquingden Reyes, Rhobel Legaspi
(Kiddies, 78 player's field)
8 points---Vince Angelo Medina
7 points---Melwyn Kenneth Baltazar, Felipe Magdalaga, Paulo Bersamina
6.5 points---Giovanni Mejia, Carlo Caranyagan, Christian Nanola, Dante Leonardo Verano
(Women, 49 player's field)
7.5 points---WNM Chardine Cheradee Camacho
7 points---WNM Aices Salvador
6.5 points---WFM Shercila Cua, WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda, WNM Christy Lamiel Bernales
GRANDMASTER (GM) Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr., Vince Angelo Medina and WNM Chardine Cheradee Camacho emerged winners in Saturday’s first PSC chairman Harry Angping Cup rapid chess championships at the Philsports Arena (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig City.
The twelve-time RP Open champion Antonio, a sergeant at the HSSG of the Philippine Army under Commanding General Lieutenant General Reynaldo Mapagu, defeated US-based IM Julio Catalino Sadorra, to captured the Open division title and the top purse of P50,000 in the two-day event (Friday and Saturday) hosted by PSC chairman Harry Angping and organized by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president/chairman Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. "
And I'm sure we can discover more Wesley So in the near future in this kind of event," said Pichay.
NCFP executive/events director Willie Abalos acts as the Project Director. A total of 277 woodpushers seeing in action in three division event, 150 players in the Open section, 78 players in the kiddies section and 49 players in the Womens section.
The Former University of Manila (UM) standout Antonio, the reigning ASEAN blitz champion , toppled Nhatz Loyaga, Samson Lim Jr., Christian Arroyo, Conrado Diaz, FM David Elorta, FM Jan Emmanuel Garcia, respectively.
He settled for a truce with top seed GM Wesley So in the seventh and GM John Paul Gomez in the eight round before beating Sadorra in the ninth and final round to finish 8 points in nine games of play.
So, meantime defeated FM Garcia in the final round to finish second to fourth placers that includes IM Rolando Nolte and NM Alex Milagrosa after tallying 7.5 points apiece. Garcia was stuck at 7 points and dropped into a tie for 5th to 9th placers in the company of IM Emmanuel Senador, Pascua, Elorta and Sadorra.
Meanwhile, Vince Angelo Medina took the kiddies title after settling a draw with Felipe Magdalaga. Medina, member of the Far Eastern University (FEU) Chess Team scored 8 points, full point ahead over Melwyn Kenneth Baltazar, Magdalaga and newly-installed youngest RP junior boys champion Paulo Bersamina who tote 7 points each.
The young Baltazar, son of national arbiter Ernie Baltazar dealt Christian Nanola while Bersamina trounced Vincent Fuerte.
WNM Chardine Cheradee Camacho , on the other hand, ruled the Women's division. She beat WFM Shercila Cua in the final canto for her 7.5 points.
Aices Salvador, who is fresh from winning the RP junior girls crown, bested fellow WNM Jedara Docena to wound up solo second place with 7 points.