abs-cbnNEWS.com | 01/05/2009 11:00 PM
Filipino grandmaster Rogelio “Joey” Antonio posted his eighth victory in the US chess circuit as he emerged as the overall champion in the recently concluded 2008 Los Angeles Chess Club Open Chess Championships at the Santa Monica Boulevard.
According to BilliardPhilippines.com, Antonio scored a total of 4.5 points in five outings in the event organized by US Chess Federation Life Senior Master and Chess Instructor Mick Bighamian.
Antonio bested competitors Ronald Morris, International Master Emory Tate, William Pennucci and RP and US Chess Master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr., who is also a sportswriter for BilliardPhilippines.com.
Tate settled for second place (4 points) while Bernardino scored third place (3 points).
The win served as Antonio’s “rebound” after he suffered a setback at the 2008 North American Open Chess Championships last December 29 at the Bally’s Casino Resort and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Antonio failed to convert the winning position against his match to fellow GM Yury Shulman in the penultimate round.