English GM tops Bacolod chess tilt

GRAND MASTER (GM) Nigel Short of England used his experience against the world’s best woodpushers as he dominated the 2017 Negros International Open Chess Championship held in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Oct. 23.

Short upset GM Srinath Narayanan of India in the final round.

Filipino GM Rogelio Antonio led the opening competition after a draw in the fifth round along with Short.

But at the end of the match, Antonio finished fifth behind GMs Karen Grigoryan of Armenia, Duc Hoa Nguyen of Vietnam and Narayanan.

Tournament sponsor Antonio Aguirre said Negros hosted the event well and organized.

“The international chess community, including our top foreign players believes Negros will be a breeding ground for top-level players. Next year, we will raise the bar,” he added.

All games were played at the Osbron Hall of Ikthus Equipping Center in Bacolod City, and featured both open category and Challenger’s Cup categories.

The top five Filipino players who finished outside the Top 10 each received $200. The winner of the open category took home $3,000 while the 1st and 2nd runners-up won $2,500 and $2,000, respectively.

The winner of the Challenger’s Cup won P25,000, while the second and third placers received P20,000 and P15,000 cash prizes, respectively.

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