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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

Caruana rallies past So, tackles Carlsen in Clutch Chess finals

Jun 13, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Wesley So misses a chance to secure back-to-back title berths in the elite online chess tournament

FALLING SHORT. Wesley So blows his repeat bid over a fellow US team member. Photo from So’s Facebook

So, Carlsen lead semifinal rivals

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Wesley So continues to defy the seeding in the online chess tournament among super Grandmasters

INCHING CLOSER. Wesley looks on track of securing another finals berth. Photo from So’s Facebook

So tackles Caruana anew; Carlsen battles Aronian

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:17 PM

Wesley So tries to pull off a repeat win over fellow Team USA member Fabiano Caruana in the online Clutch Chess International

FINAL FOUR. Wesley So stays on track of his bid for another online chess crown. Photo from So’s Facebook

Wesley So, Carlsen enter clutch Chess International semis

Jun 09, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Wesley So seals a semis slot after moving past Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the quarterfinals

SEMIS-BOUND. Wesley So is set to face the winner of the quarterfinal duel betweenTeam USA members Fabiano Caruana and Leinier Dominguez. File photo from FIDE World Candidates Tournament Facebook

So, Carlsen aim for Clutch Chess Invitational semis

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:06 PM

Philippine-born Wesley So holds a commanding lead over France's Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in their quarterfinals series

BIG CLASH. Welsey So could face Magnus Carlsen in the semifinals. Photo by Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/AFP

So, Carlsen pace Clutch Chess International

Jun 07, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Wesley So, fresh from winning a crown and P1.5 million, targets another online chess title and a bigger cash prize

CONSISTENT. Wesley So heads strong into the remaining 6 games of the knockout online chess match. Photo from So’s Facebook

Park Bo-gum, Park So-dam, and Byeon Woo-seok's newest series will stream on Netflix

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:20 AM

The new series will premiere outside of South Korea via Netflix

UPCOMING SHOW. Park So-dam, Park Bo-gum, and Byeon Woo-seok will star in 'Record of Youth.' Photo via Netflix/courtesy of each talent's management

So faces Carlsen, Nakamura in Clutch Chess International

May 31, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Fresh from clinching an online chess crown, Wesley So goes for another title against a tougher international field

TITLE HUNT. Wesley So (right) targets a second straight online chess championship against some of the world's best. File photo from FIDE

Wesley So clinches Clutch Chess title, P1.5M

May 30, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Filipino-born Wesley So upsets world No. 2 Fabiano Caruana to rule an inaugural US online chess tournament

CHAMP AGAIN. Six months after bagging the Fischer crown, Wesley So returns to the top in an online chess tournament. File photo from

Wesley So overtakes Caruana in Clutch Chess finals

May 29, 2020 - 8:51 PM

After grabbing the early lead in the finals, Wesley So inches closer to upsetting world No. 2 Fabiano Caruana

CONSISTENCY. Wesley So looks to sustain his momentum in the final round. File photo from FIDE

So clinches final tussle with world No. 2 Caruana in Clutch Chess

May 28, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Wesley So topples Hikaru Nakamura to advance in the $100,000 online event exclusive to the top 4 US chess players

BOUNCE BACK. Wesley So rebounds from a loss against world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in another online chess tournament. File photo from FIDE

Carlsen ousts Wesley So, arranges semis duel with Nakamura

May 27, 2020 - 5:03 PM

World no. 1 Magnus Carlsen completes a quarterfinal sweep of Cavite-born Wesley So

BEST OF THE BEST. Wesley So (right) bows out of the online chess tournament featuring Norwegian star Magnus Carlsen and some of the world’s best grandmasters. File photo from

Wesley So fights to stay alive vs Carlsen

May 26, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Wesley So faces a big hurdle as he hopes to topple world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge

STAYING ALIVE. Wesley So is on an uphill climb as he faces rapid world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Photo by Berit Roald /NTB Scanpix /AFP

Carlsen trounces So in first mini matches

May 25, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Wesley So could not replicate his 2019 victory over Magnus Carlsen, when he defeated the world champion in the Fischer Random Chess Championship

DEFEAT. Wesley So falls prey to Magnus Carlsen. Photo from Grand Chess Tour

Wesley So hopes to topple Carlsen in Lindores chess q’finals

May 24, 2020 - 8:56 PM

Months after stunning world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So tries to pull off a repeat

KNOCKOUT. Norwegian chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen (right) and Filipino-American GM Wesley So battle in the last 8 of the online tournament featuring the world’s best chess players. Photo by Berit Roald/AFP

Wesley So advances vs Carlsen in Lindores rapid chess

May 22, 2020 - 6:44 PM

A tough duel awaits Wesley So after arranging a quarterfinal match against world champion Magnus Carlsen

Norwegian chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen (L) and Filipino-American chess grandmaster Wesley So play in the World Fischer Random Championship Chess first final, at Henie Onstad Art Center in Baerum, Norway, on October 31, 2019. (Photo by Berit Roald / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT

Wesley So, Carlsen forge draw, slip to share of 3rd

May 21, 2020 - 4:41 PM

The online battle among 12 Super Grandmasters heats up as world champion Magnus Carlsen and Philippine-born Wesley So tumble from the top spot

Photo from FIDE World Candidates Tournament Facebook

Wesley So shares Lindores lead with Carlsen, 2 others

May 20, 2020 - 9:16 PM

Cavite-born Wesley So and world champion Magnus Carlsen join a four-way logjam on top at the start of the $1 million online chess second leg

Wesley So enters $1 million Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour

May 16, 2020 - 9:40 PM

Philippine-born Wesley So joins an online chess series pitting only Super Grandmasters

EXCLUSIVE. Wesley So gets tapped to compete in the tournament series pitting only Super Grandmasters. File photo from FIDE

Wesley So, USA edged by China in FIDE Online Nations Cup finals

May 11, 2020 - 3:28 PM

China clinches the title by virtue of its runaway victory in the double round robin group stage of the six-team $200,000 tournament

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR. Wesley So and the USA fall short of the top prize in the FIDE Online Nations Cup. File photo by Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/AFP

Wesley So, Caruana prevail as USA forges title duel with China

May 10, 2020 - 7:47 PM

After drawing his first 3 games, Wesley So regains his form to help US advance to the final round of the Online Nations Cup

KEY PLAYER. Wesley So looks to help Team USA upset top-ranked China in the title round of the online chess tournament. File photo from

Wesley So, USA vying for finals slot in FIDE Online Nations Cup

May 09, 2020 - 9:47 PM

USA and Europe will dispute the last spot in the finals where powerhouse China awaits

FINALS-SEEKING. Wesley So and the USA seek to face China in the championship round. Photo from

China, Europe stay 1-2; Wesley So shoves US past India

May 08, 2020 - 9:33 PM

Philippine-born Wesley So posts his first win after 3 draws to boost Team USA’s bid in the online chess event

IN THE MIX. Wesley So ruled the World Fischer Random Chess Championship last November. Photo by Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/AFP

A review of Joel Rocamora’s 'Impossible is Not So Easy: A Life in Politics'

Mar 01, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'The book raises important questions like: Can a reformist be considered a leftist or a revolutionary? Can good people thrive in bad governments?'

Breaking news and barriers: South Korea's first main female anchor

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:37 PM

Lee So-jeong, news anchor of South Korea's national public broadcaster 'News 9' bulletin, breaks a decades-old boys' club in a society that is technologically and economically advanced, but still culturally male-dominated

This picture taken on February 6, 2020 shows South Korean news anchor Lee So-jeong attending a rehearsal of a primetime newscast at KBS, South Korea's national public broadcaster, in Seoul. Five times a week, Lee So-jeong is beamed into living rooms across the country leading its "News 9" bulletin, after she shattered a decades-old glass ceiling in a society that is technologically and economically advanced, but still culturally male-dominated. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Sports wRap: Missing Wesley So, bracing for UP-UST

Nov 09, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Rappler Sports hosts Agatha Uvero and Naveen Ganglani talk about chess whiz Wesley So and the blockbuster UP and UST semifinal showdown in the UAAP

FAST FACTS: Who is Wesley So?

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Get to know more about Cavite-born Wesley So, who shocked world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen for the World Fischer Random Chess Championship title

TITLEHOLDER. Wesley So claims the first World Fischer Random Chess Championship title. File photo by Anastasya Karlovich/FIDE Press Officer

Upset complete: Wesley So stuns No. 1 Carlsen, bags world title

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:48 AM

Cavite-born Wesley So dominates top-ranked Magnus Carlsen to rule the first World Fischer Random Chess Championship

SHOCKER. Wesley So proves too good for Magnus Carlsen in the three-day title series. Photo by Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/AFP

Wesley So nears Fischer Random world chess title

Nov 02, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Sustaining his impressive showing, Wesley So stuns world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen anew to pull away in the finals series

STILL WARY. Wesley So expects a fightback from world champion Magnus Carlsen. Photo from

Wesley So shocks world No. 1 Carlsen, takes early finals lead

Nov 01, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Cavite-born Wesley So leads tournament favorite Magnus Carlsen by 3 points in the Fischer Random World Championship title series

STUNNER. Wesley So outsmarts world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the first two games fo their race-to-12 series. Photo by Maria Emelianova/

Wesley So faces world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen for title

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:19 PM

Philippine-born chess star Wesley So vies for the crown versus top-ranked Magnus Carlsen in the Fischer Random World Championship

BACK IN FORM. A confident star Wesley So (right) overwhelms Russian Ian Nepomniatchi in the semifinals. Photo from

Wesley So through to semis of World Fischer Random Chess Championship

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Wesley So beats Vladislav Fedoseev to join Fabiano Caruana, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and world champion Magnus Carlsen in the Final Four

IN THE RUNNING. Wesley So becomes one of the last 4 men standing in the World Fischer Random Chess Championship. Photo from

Wesley So knocked out of Chess World Cup quarterfinals

Sep 22, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Former world No. 2 Wesley So bows to Russian Nikita Vitiugov

SETBACK. Wesley So tries to shake off a recent slump. Photo from FIDE

Wesley So bags $60,000 in Croatian chess tilt

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Representing the US, Wesley So finishes 2nd in the Croatian Grand Chess Tour behind world champion Magnus Carlsen

UNBEATEN. Wesley So goes undefeated in the 2019 Croation Grand Chess Tour. File photo by Anastasya Karlovich/FIDE Press Officer

Wesley So draws world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, keeps title drive

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Cavite-born Wesley So stays in the hunt for the Grand Chess Tour crown after scoring a draw against world champion Magnus Carlsen

Photo from Grand Chess Tour Photo from Grand Chess Tour

New film shows painful legacy of China's one-child policy

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:55 PM

'So Long, My Son' is directed by Wang Xiaoshuai and tackles the 'ocean of pain and heartbreak' China's one-child policy causes a family

Wesley So bows to Nakamura in Speed Chess Championship finals

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:51 PM

Despite having a higher Elo rating in classical play, the Cavite-born So surrenders a big edge to Nakamura in both rapid and blitz competitions

SECOND. Wesley So falls short of the Speed Chess Championships crown. File photo by Anastasya Karlovich/FIDE Press Officer

Leon chess: 12-year-old GM stuns Wesley So

Jul 08, 2018 - 12:38 AM

The young Indian grandmaster scores an upset in the opening match but So recovers to win the 4-game clash

BRILLIANT PAIR. World number two Wesley So (left) calls his young opponent R Praggnanandhaa  a ‘genius.’

Spain says France to take in Aquarius ship migrants

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Italy's new populist government and Malta has refused to let Aquarius dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout picture obtained on June 15, 2018 from French non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows migrants onboard the MV Aquarius at sea on June 14, 2018. Photo by MSF/AFP

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

Wesley So drops last round, throws away chance to win Norway Chess

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Italian-American Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana clips So in the decisive round to rule the Altibox Norway Chess 2018

PIVOTAL. Fabiano Caruana adjusts the pieces as Wesley So tries to gauge his move in the decisive last round. Photo from

Wesley So beats world champion for first time

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The chess wiz exacts revenge on Magnus Carlsen in round 6 of Norway Altibox Tournament

BIG WIN. Wesley So breaks his slump at the most opportune time. Photo from

‘So Connected’ review: Social media love

May 25, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz weighs in on what sets Jason Paul Laxamana's movie apart

French minister outs himself on anti-homophobia day

May 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and Mahjoubi says that while he did not want to 'make a big deal' of coming out publicly, 'if that might help to fight homophobia, I'll do it'

OUT. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, French Minister of State for the Digital Sector Mounir Mahjoubi poses during a photo session in Paris. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

The week in photos: May 5-12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Supreme Court on May11, 2018 voting on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Jameson Blake appeals to ElNella fans: Give 'So Connected' tandem a chance

May 05, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Janella Salvador, Jameson's partner in the movie 'So Connected,' says that onscreen partner Elmo Magalona has no issues that she's paired with another leading man

Jameson Blake. Photos by Precious del Valle/Rappler

Wesley So finishes 7th in debut Fide Candidates Tournament

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Fabiano Caruana, who like Wesley So plays for the US national team, wins the tournament and earns the right to challenge world chess champion Magnus Carlsen

FINAL ROUND. Wesley So and Levon Aronian in the post-game media briefing after the 14th and last round of the Fide Candidates Tournament Tuesday held in Kuhlhaus Berlin. Photo by Nick Dunaevsky of Fide World Chess

Wesley So draw with Karjakin pushes Caruana into the solo lead

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:44 PM

So remains at 7th place with one win, 3 losses and 7 draws

DRAW. Wesley So says that he couldn't really consult anybody with regards to his matchup with Sergey Karjakin. Photo from FIDE World Candidates Tournament Facebook

Wesley So has vital role in world chess championship qualifier

Mar 25, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Wesley So faces new co-leader Sergey Karjakin in the penultimate round

Wesley So vs former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik in Round 12 of FIDE Candidates Tournament at Kühlhaus in Berlin. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer