Veteran Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Rogelio Antonio won his sixth title in the US circuit after nabbing the over-all championship in the 2008 Super Blitz Open Chess tournament at the Chess Palace in Los Angeles, California Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
A report posted on BilliardPhilippines.com said Antonio scored 8.5 after ten-rounds in the tournament.
Next stop for the Calapan, Oriental Mindoro native will be the prestigious Joseph Ileto Memorial Open Chess in Monterey, California on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
“Sana patuloy po akong ipagdasal ng mga kababayan natin, gaya ng nauna ko na pong nasabi, para sa bansa ang tagumpay po natin sa US chess circuit,” Antonio told BilliardPhilippine’s Marlon Bernardino.
Antonio’s campaign in the US chess circuit is supported by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr., Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez and Filipino boxing idol Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
The Super Blitz Open Chess was Antonio’s sixth victory this year following his success in the 2008 Motor City Open, 17th North American Fide Invitational, Los Angeles Open, 8th Universal Annual Swiss Chess Open and the G/19.