GRAND MASTER ANTONIO BLITZES MANINANG FOR BANGKOK CHESS LEAD
MANILA, June 1, 2004 (TRIBUNE) By Anna Pesigan - Filipino Grand Master (GM) Joey Antonio slew a giant killer in compatriot International Master (IM) Rafaelito Maninang on Sunday to keep his title defense on a strong footing on Sunday in the fourth Bangkok Chess Club Open at the Novotel Hotel.
In a competition which saw fellow Filipinos fighting it out early on the top boards, Antonio (2523) stopped Maninang's rampage after the Filipino IM stunned GM Bong Villamayor (2469) earlier in the day.
Villamayor's win in 45 moves of a Benoni arranged himself for a clash with fellow leader Fide Master (FM) Daly Colm (2333) of Ireland.
With five more rounds left in the 9-round Swiss tournament, Antonio is expected to go full throttle in his bid to better his last year's record of 7.5 /9 and keep the crown he won the last time out.
Also drawing blood from a compatriot was GM-candidate Nelson Mariano II (2416) as he tripped Singapore-based National Master Celestino Cain (2310) in 47 moves of a well-fought Petroff in the tournament participated in by 93 players from a dozen countries.
With the triumph, the 29-year-old Mariano, now shares second with GM Nguyen Anh Dung (2535) of Vietnam, IM Terry Toh (2399) of Singapore and IM Nay Oo Kaw Tun (2431) of Myanmar at 3.5 points each while Cain stays in the crowded company of 2.5-pointers.
After his loss to Maninang, Villamayor bounced back with a fourth round victory over Aung Kyaw Moe (2136) of Myanmar in 75 moves of an Alekhine Defense. The two Filipinos are a full point behind the pacesetters together with two GMs, six IMs, one FM and four others.
Top seed GM Ian Rogers (2582) is also at this rung of three-pointers after losing to Toh in the Sunday morning duel and harvesting a win over unrated Filipino Adante Ibaryu in 56 moves of a Catalan
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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