After the 8th round of the 3rd Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (PGMA) Cup International Open, Grand Masters Eugene Torre of the Philippines and Zhong Zhang of Singapore tied the first place at 6.5 points each. Grand Masters Li Chao of China and Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia shared the second place at 6.0 points each. There's a triple tie in the third place at 5 points each; Grand Master Ehsan Ghaemmaghami of Iran, International Master Julio Catalino Sadorra of the Philippines and Weiqi Zhou of China.
Torre had been in solo lead until he suffered his first loss in the hands of third seed Mchedlishvili in the 8th round.
Today is the 9th and last round of the cup, which started on September 7 and is being held at the Duty Free Fiesta Mall, Paranaque City.