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.