Grandmasters Eugene Torre and Joey Antonio got off to a strong start in their respective divisions in the 27th World Senior chess championships in Acqui Terme, Italy Tuesday.
Torre, seeded third in the over-65 division, outclassed untitled Helmer Wieringa of the Netherlands with the white pieces.
The 66-year-old Filipino legend opened with the queen’s pawn and seized the initiative when Wieringa made a dubious bishop move on the 32nd. Five moves later, the Dutch player, facing the loss of a major piece, resigned.
Top seed Anatoly Vaiseer of France led the march of the favorites by whipping Jaime Anguera Maestro of Spain.
Other first round winners were GM Evgeny Sveshnikov of Russia, GM James Tarjan of the United States and GM Yuri Balashov of Russia, among others.
Antonio, seeded sixth in the over-50 bracket, humbled Belmont Hernandez Andres of Mexico with black after 31 moves of a Caro-Kann.
The 55-year-old Antonio won a piece in the middle game to force the win and join other favored players who hurdled their matches.
GM Julio Granda Zuniga of Peru, the strongest player in the field with an ELO of 2650, easily won his match as did former world champion Alexander Khalifman of Russia.
The top performers after 11 rounds will be declared champions.
Courtesy : The Manila Bulletin | November 09, 2017
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