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Antonio keeps world title hopes alive

Grandmaster Joey Antonio got back in title hunt while GM Eugene Torre suffered his second defeat in their respective divisions after the 8th round of the 27th World Senior Chess Championships Wednesday in Acqui Terme, Italy.

Antonio whipped American Fide Master Krishan Jhunjhnuwala in the Open 55+ division to hike his total to 6.5 points, just half a point behind solo leader GM Zuniga Julio Granda of Peru in the 11-round tournament.

Meantime, Granda prevailed over GM Klaus Bischoff of Germany to improve to 7 points.

Torre, on the other hand, succumbed to International Master Arkady Shevelev of Israel and dropped to joint 9th to 27th places – all with 5.5 points. Torre has five wins, one draw and two losses in the Open 65+.