Philippine chess - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine chess


Antonio joins Barcenilla, Paragua, Laylo in 1st FIDE Online Olympiad

Jul 12, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Grandmaster Joey Antonio nails the last spot in the Philippine chess team

COMEBACK. Veteran Joey Antonio rallies from 5th place in the qualifiers. Photo from Antonio’s Facebook

Paragua, Barcenilla pace Chess Olympiad qualifier

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:50 PM

US-based Grandmasters Mark Paragua and Banjo Barcenilla inch closer to securing Philippine team slots

Gomez gives up Olympic chess qualifier spot to Antonio

Jul 09, 2020 - 5:18 PM

Ten-time chess Olympian Joey Antonio deserves a Philippine team berth, says Grandmaster John Paul Gomez

GRATEFUL. Veteran Joey Antonio says he’s always ready for flag and country. Photo from Antonio's Facebook

Paragua heads PH chess team aspirants to Online Olympiad

Jul 08, 2020 - 3:22 PM

New York City-based Mark Paragua earns a shot at returning to the national chess team

MOMENTUM. Mark Paragua (left) looks to sustain his solid form after winning two online chess tournaments. Photo from

New Philippine team to vie in Chess Olympiad

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:19 PM

As several foreign-based Filipino Grandmasters continue to impress, Philippine chess looks to assess its national roster

Wesley So begs off from PH chess tournament

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Philippine chess extends an invitation to Wesley So for the first time since the world No. 8 player decided to play for the US

NO GO. Wesley So opts out of a Philippine tournament. Photo from FIDE

Asian Chess: Pascua leads PH bets with 2nd straight draw

Dec 12, 2018 - 5:59 PM

IM Haridas Pascua settles for a draw against Indonesian IM Novendra Priasmoro in the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships

RANKING. Philippine bet Haridas Pascua (right) says he’s focused on gaining rating points. Photo release

PH chessers stun top seeds in Asian Chess Championship

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Paulo Bersamina and Haridas Pascua prevent a shutout of the Philippine team in the Asian tourney

CONTENDERS. Haridas Pascua and Paulo Bersamina emerge as the Philippines' only victors in the opening day of the 17th Asian Chess Championships. Photos from Twitter (Pascua) and National Chess Federation (Bersamina)

Torre starts Asian Seniors Chess quest on birthday

Nov 03, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Grandmaster Eugene Torre looks to defend his crown in the 9th Asian Seniors Chess Championships

LEGEND. For years, the name of Eugene Torre has been associated with Philippine chess. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH chess hauls in 3 gold medals in Asian Para Games

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Sander Severino bags two golds as the Filipino chessers collect a total of 6 medals in the continental games

PH men's team scrambles to defeat Albania in Batumi Chess Olympiad

Oct 02, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The men's team tallies 8 points from 4 wins and 3 draws in the chess Olympics

FOCUSED. Julio Catalino Sadorra (seated) competes against Croatia as Philippine men's team captain Eugene Torre (left) and women's coach Jayson Gonzales look on. File photo from National Chess Federation of the Philippines

PH women's team stuns Spain, climbs in Batumi Chess Olympiad

Oct 01, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The Filipinas have a chance to improve in the standings against Georgia 2 in the seventh round of the biennial tournament

GIRL POWER. The Philippine women's chess team impress in the Batumi Chess Olympiad. Photo from Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 Facebook page

Sadorra, Frayna banner PH chess Olympiad team

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:51 PM

Philippine chess legend and mentor Eugene Torre says a top 30 finish in the Olympiad will be 'an achievement'

NEW TARGET. Janelle Mae Frayna and the Philippine women’s chess team hope to better their 34th place finish in the 2016 Olympiad.

Quizon, Mordido rule Eastern Asia juniors chess

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Filipino chess prodigies Daniel Quizon and Kylen Mordido earn International Master norms

GENIUS. Chess officials see Filipino whiz Daniel Quizon (left) as the country’s 'next Wesley So.' Photo from Ignatius Leong's Facebook page

Youngsters rule National Chess championships

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Haridas Pascua, 25, and Shania Mendoza, 19, are crowned national chess champions

CHAMPS. Haridas Pascua and Shania Mendoza reign supreme in the men's and women's division, respectively, of the National Chess Championships. Photo from Shutterstock

Roel Abelgas' talent rubs off on chess youngsters

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:32 AM

Abelgas' patience allows him to see the inner talent of his students in chess

LIVING HIS TEACHINGS. Abelgas continues to show prowess in chess which rubs off onto his students. Photo from Facebook

12-year-old Concio Jr wins Malaysia Chess Challenge

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Michael Concio Jr of Dasmariñas Cavite makes sure his foes in Malaysia remember his name

PRODIGY. "Watch out for him. He will be the next Wesley So," says chess grandmaster Joey Antonio of Michael Concio Jr. Photo from Concio Sr's Facebook

Chess grandmaster Frayna graduates cum laude, class valedictorian

Jun 24, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Janelle Mae Frayna is a grandmaster in chess and real life

GRANDMASTER. Janelle Mae Frayna, the Philippines' first woman chess grandmaster, unlocks another milestone in her life as she graduates top of her class. Photo by Zymon Bumantay from Janelle Mae Frayna's Facebook account

Filipina San Diego becomes Woman Int'l Chess Master

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:04 AM

Marie Antoinette San Diego becomes an International Master at the East Asian Junior Chess Championship in Tagaytay City

LET THEM EAT CHESS. Marie Antoinette San Diego was a saving grace for Philippine chess in Tagaytay City. Photo from

Eugene Torre now a coach as Asian Zonal tournament starts

Feb 25, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The chess legend will be supervising Filipino players in Tagaytay City during the tournament which is the first stage to select qualifiers for the world championship

COACH. Eugene Torre will play a new role at the Asian Zonal tournament: coach. File photo by Josh Albelda

Wesley So leads by a point with 3 rounds left, unbeaten at 53 games

Jan 26, 2017 - 3:34 PM

So has been heads up with 7 points out of 10 rounds

GOING ON 50. Wesley So manages to avoid defeat in drawing with Ukraine's Pavel Eljanov. Screengrab from Tata Steel Chess YouTube

At the top of his chess game, Ronald Dableo walks away - again

Oct 18, 2016 - 4:55 AM

Just 80 Elo points from attaining grandmaster status Dableo says he s finished playing even if he s still among the craftiest woodpushers

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD. Ronald Dableo showed he was still among the best chess players in the country by defeating national champion Joey Antonio at the Negros Open. Despite still being at the top of his game, Dableo is content to walk away from the board. Photo from Dableo's Facebook

Eugene Torre: Forever the litmus test for Philippine chess

Sep 15, 2016 - 12:08 AM

Only Torre has been able to summon his best when playing against the elite

LEGEND. For years, the name of Eugene Torre has been associated with Philippine chess. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Frayna becomes PH's first Woman Chess Grandmaster

Sep 12, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Frayna achieves the historic feat at the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku Azerbaijan

Janelle Mae Frayna

PH women pull off upset at World Chess Olympiad

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:27 PM

The Filipinas have ascended the first stage of their chess Olympus and more tests are expected

Philippine women's captain Jayson Gonzales talks to Catherine Secopito after beating Salome Melia. Photo from

Why has chess fallen in popularity in the Philippines?

Jul 01, 2016 - 1:28 PM

Several of the top Filipino chess players have headed to the United States as prize money drops at major tournaments

DIP IN POPULARITY. Wesley So and several other top chess players from the Philippines are now living in the Philippines amid shrinking purses and a drop in the popularity of chess. File Photo from Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St Louis Facebook

Wesley So fights to stay in top 10 of chess rankings

Aug 25, 2015 - 6:17 PM

Wesley So is clinging to his top 10 ranking with 6 rounds left in the Sinquefield Cup

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD. Wesley So (R) drew to Dutch archrival Anish Giri (L) on Tuesday morning as he fights to stay among the elite 10 of chess players. Photo from Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis' Facebook

Trillanes to PSC: Explain 'mishandling' of Wesley So's federation switch

Feb 02, 2015 - 3:42 PM

How many more promising athletes like GM So will our country have to lose due to the poor leadership of the PSC and its mishandling of sports development in the country? asks Trillanes

WORLD CLASS. The Philippines let go of Cavite native Wesley So, who displayed his world class ability by forcing a draw with the reigning world champion in January. File photo by Piroschka Van De Wouw/EPA