GM Mark Paragua is currently collecting some goodies in the US by winning tournaments after tournaments there, the latest is the 10 Grand Prix Points Tonight in Marshall Chess Club New York, US. This finally confirmed why Paragua skipped the recently held Battle of Grandmasters in Tagaytay City. It is reported that Paragua just won his tenth straight trophy. Details by Marlon Bernardino:
FILIPINO GRANDMASTER MARK CALLANO PARAGUA's winning streak continued last June 3 with his victory at the 10 Grand Prix Points Tonight in New York, US, according to the official website yesterday.The 2003 Vietnam Southeast Asian Games most bemedalled athlete settled a draw with French International Master (IM) Gabriel Battaglini in the fourth and final round to finished with unbeaten record 3.5 points on three wins and a draw in the four-round event, the same output of Battaglini and Russian International Master (IM) Ildar Salakhutdinov.
Paragua, whose stint here is being supported by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president/ chairman Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., Filway Marketings Inc. CEO/ President Hector "Chito" O. Tagaysay and New York Immigration lawyer Geronimo "Gerry' Albano was named as champion after the tiebreak. Paragua, earlier beat Max Yarmolinsky, Teddy Coleman and Adam Samuel Maltese, respectively.
His wife Mary Christine Joyce Dacayo-Paragua was at the tail-end in 31st to 32nd place with no score (zero) in a field of 32 players along with Angelo Gigante.
Meantime, it was Mark's tenth straight title in the United States following his triumphs in the
New York May Open (May 29 to 30), Original 4 rated Games Tonight (May 27 ), Prove Your Point (May 22), May Marshall Masters (May 18), Marshall Sunday Action (May 9), Marshall Chess Challenge , Saturday Game 60 ( May 5), Marshall Chess Challenge April Grand Prix (April 24 to 25), Original 4 rated Games Tonight ( April 15) and Original 4 rated Games Tonight (April 8).