Check Match is paid on both tokens acquired and tokens played. These are two separate checks and you will get a check match on both of these. Check matching is based on sponsorship. So, even if a personally sponsored Affiliate is placed in a different Tier, they are still considered Tier 1 for check matching commissions.
Please note, if you give away sponsorship, this will impact your check matching commissions. If you do not give away sponsorship, but choose to place a personally sponsored Affiliate in a different Tier, you will receive the lesser commission of that Tier in both Tokens Acquired and Tokens Played. However, check match will not be affected as it is based entirely on sponsorship and not on tree placement