New Zealander Hilton Bennett, a regular visitor in Australian tournaments, has won the inaugural Palau International Chess tournament organised by Australian Gary Bekker. Bennett finished on 7 points overall, a half point ahead of second placer Pinoy journo Marlon Bernardino (who is our main provider of these updates).
Here is the final ranking list:
7.0 points-Hilton Bennett (New Zealand)
6.5 points-Almario Marlon BERNARDINO JR. (RP)
6.0 points-Paul Spiller (New Zealand)
4.5 points-Menandro Manuel (Palau)
4.5 points-Gary Bekker (Australia)
3.5 points-Cyril Montel Jr. (Palau)
3.5 points-Gene Pastrana (Palau)
3.5 points-Jose Omega (Palau)
3.0 points Manny Nedic (Palau)
3.0 points-Roberto Hernandez (Palau)
And thanks to Mr Bernardino for taking the time, nearly every day, to email me news from Palau.