PRINCE Mark Aquino achieved another milestone when he ruled the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships Challenger Division at the Tiara Oriental Hotel in Makati recently.
Aquino finished in a three-way tie for the top spot with Sherwin Tiu and Jerry Areque with 7.5 points out of nine but clinched the title by virtue of a higher tiebreak score.
Tiu finished second and Areque wound up third after the tiebreak.
The three players, however, pocketed P36,677 from the combined prize money for the top three placers.
Vince Angelo Medina and FM Austin Jacob Literatus shared fourth to fifth places with seven points apiece.
Completing the Top 10 players are Alexis Emil Maribao and Jayson Visca, who shared sixth to seventh places with 6.5 points; and Tristan Jared Cervero, Don Tyrone de los Santos and Eric Labog, eighth to 10 th places with six points.
Also in the big group of six pointers are top seed Jose Aquino, Jr., second seed Rodolfo Panopio Jr., Alfredo Rapanot, Natori Biazza Diaz, Apollo Agapay, and Kevin Mirano.
Other individual awardees:
Top female -- Ruth Joy Vinuya (6.5 points).
Top junior -- Jayson Danday (6 points).
Top kiddie --Justine Diego Mordido (5.5 points)
Top senior -- Mario Mangubat (6.5 points).
All top individual awadees received P7,500.
The tournament is sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), headed by Chairman Prospero “Buth” Pichay, and sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commisison (PSC), headed by Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez.
Red Dumuk was the tournament organizer.