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GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio: Lethal Alapin 2. c3

30/10/2021 –    Grandmaster Rogelio “Joey” Antonio, Jr. of the Philippines has vast experience  using the Alapin 2. c3 variation. A well prepared GM, many times Olympian and Philippine Champion contributed so much in Philippine Chess. His style is very strategic, creates weaknesses then overwhelms it with attack.

His 2 games illustrated why Alapin 2. c3 is a reliable white opening to counter the Sicilian Defense. Beating the likes of GM Mark Paragua and IM Roderick Nava explains that nothing is certain when playing GM “Joey”. You must take courage and research more to outwit him in the opening, otherwise, you end up losing as shown in these games.

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CHESS BLOG No. 42 : Date: 30th October 2021

GM Mark Paragua: 2...Nf6 line

1st Game : Check diagram below (GAME VIEWER 1)

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The chosen line of GM Paragua to exchange pieces at an early stage delayed piece development. GM "Joey" took advantage and did not waste time and won.

IM Roderick Nava: 2...d5 line

2nd Game: Check diagram below (GAME VIEWER 2)

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IM Roderick Nava played the game consistently til middle game. After the exchange of rooks in the endgame, GM Antonio Jr., cleverly finds ways to place his king in a strategic position to capture black's important b pawn to win the game. This is a highly educational game for you to study. But coffee first....

GAME VIEWER 1

GAME VIEWER 2

ENDGAME CORNER - SOLVE THE PROBLEM BELOW

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