GM Antonio bounces back, tops Cepcan Alex Chua Super Blitz 2
Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) - September 15, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  After placing only third the previous week, Grandmaster Joey Antonio bounced back with aplomb, winning the Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (CEPCA)-organized Alex Chua Super Blitz 2 over the weekend.

Antonio racked up 73 points to rule the virtual tournament sponspored by US-based Cepcans Engr. Alex Chua, a nursing administrator at Fidelity Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, and US candidate master Engr. Josito "Jojo" Clamor Dondon of Allen, Texas.

The Tarlac-native John Morazo, a former pawnpusher of Far Eastern University (FEU) in the UAAP, wound up second with 63 points. National Master Rommel Ganzon and Sherwin Tiu, currently a member of the Philippine Christian University (PCU) chess team, came out third and fourth with 57 and 54 points, respectively.

Manila players John Michael Magpily (53 pts.), Christian Mark Daluz (52 pts.), and Kevin Arquero (48 pts.) occupied the fifth to seventh spots.

Cebu's bets Michael Joseph Pagaran (45 pts.), Jave Mareck Peteros (40), and Saudi Arabia-based NM Elwin Retanal (37 pts.) completed the top 10 cast.

On the other hand, Engr. Archie Ganzon swiftly made his presence felt as a new CEPCA member by dominating the Prexy Jerry Arena for Group B Cepcans and Ladies with 32 points. Ganzon is an employee of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-7.

 Michael Ventulan took the second place honors with 25 points. Sheila Khan Sepanton

and Nic Cuizon, with 22 points each, and Laila Nadera with 19 points rounded up the top five finishers of the event backed up by CEPCA President Engr. Jerry Maratas.

In the other CEPCA regular weekend tilt sponsored by Dr. Leo Lofranco and Engr. Vince de laTorre,

Reynaldo Flores claimed the top spot with 34 points.

Eladio Lim III got 31 points to place second followed by Randy Cabuncal with 26 points. Cristy Cabungcag and Jonathan Canque, both with 22 points, joined the top five circle.

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