GM Mark Paragua is the 2006 La Union Open winner. In the first of a 2-game final, Paragua and IM Ronald Dableo split the point peacefully. The grandmaster then followed-up with a with a victory in the second game, thus taking out the P80,000 first prize.
But surely - if there was a "player of the tournament" award, then it must go to Richard Bitoon. Earlier in the quarterfinals, he handed out a 2-0 shut out to Eugene Torre. And yesterday, the international master repeated the feat by downing RP's second highest rated player, GM Antonio. Bitoon goes home with the 3rd spot prize of P30,000.
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