The Philippines and Asia's first chess Grand Master, Eugene Torre, bagged the title in the 3rd PGMA Cup International Open yesterday at the Duty Free Fiesta Mall in Paranaque City. He tied the first place with GM Li Chao of China and GM Zhang Zhong of Singapore. Eugene was declared as the champion because of a better tiebreak point. He has 2572 tiebreak point against Chao's 2533 and Zhong's 2532. GM Chao was the champion last year.
After the 8th round, Torre and Zhong tied the first place at 6.5 points each, while Chao was in the second place, together with GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia, with 6 points.
In the final round, Torre and Zhong drew their respective games while Chao won his. The three ended up tied with 7 points each. They split the total prizes of the 1st to 3rd place cash prizes of US$15,000 or at $5,000 each.