NATIONAL Master Cedric Magno of the Panabo Chess Club bested three others via superior tiebreaks to emerge champion in the 2010 Mati Open Rapid Chess Tournament at the Emmanuel Pelaez Gym, Mati, Davao Oriental.

Magno finished the tournament with six points, along with NM Alexander Lupian of Davao del Norte, Harrison Maamo of Davao City and NM Ferdinand Leysa of General Santos City Chess Club, but had the higher tie-break points to capture the crown. Lupian placed second while Maamo and Leysa finished third and fourth, respectively.

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Completing the top 10 finishers were Davao City's Reynaldo Quiñonez, Malita Chess Club's NM Elwin Retanal, Davao City's Arace Quiñonez, Tadeco Chess Club's Gerald Cavan, GSCCC's Ric Portugalera and Glenn Aleria.

Magno pocketed the cash prize of P10,000, while Lupian received P7,000.

The next four placers took P5,000, P3,000, P2,000 and P1,000, respectively. The sixth to 20th placers went home with P500 each.

Davao City bet Restituto Sonsona, who was awarded with the best senior performer title, also received P500 along with best female performer May Micayabas of the University of Mindanao and best youngest performer Jet Engay of Doña Pilar Chess Club.

The tournament was organized by the Mati Chess Club and supported by Mati chess patron Dongdong Almario Jr. (MLSA)