OSCAR Guanzon was tied with his brother Roland after six games, but the former had the highest in the tie-break to romp off with the championship crown in the 2009 battle of the champions Regional Kordilyera Chess Association (RKCA) tournament.

The Guanzon brothers where actually tied with four points apiece at the end of the tournament but the older Guanzon scored better in the early goings of the tournament to claim the victory.

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Both were given trophies and cash prizes. Oscar bested 60 other qualifiers who placed in the top ten of the regular monthly tournament.

Erick Ebusca, meanwhile, settled for third place. Three woodpushers where tied for fourth place in Bernard Nillo Jr., Daryl Kipas and Marvin Limocon.

The youngest male competitor was Mark Vincent Limocon while Dianna Kipas was the youngest in the female side.

Meanwhile, RKCA vice president Rogelio Garcia bared the monthly chess tournament will once again kick off this coming January.

"We will be holding our monthly chess tournament on the 30th and 31st of this month," Garcia said.

He added the tournament has now attracted the attention of high school students who are anxious to compete in the upcoming competition.

"In addition to vying for the modest prizes at stake, participants are assured of a chance to test their competitive skills under tournament conditions," he added.

He said this is also a venue for the organization to discover new and young talents who might compete locally, at the national level and even internationally.

Inquiries about the upcoming tournaments may be coursed through Garcia at 0906-228-3996 or through KCA president Henry Aliten at 0927-619-2061. (Roderick Osis)