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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

Torre, Antonio banner PH challenge in Asian Seniors Chess

Jul 06, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Filipino Grandmasters Eugene Torre and Rogelio 'Joey' Antonio are among the favorites in the Asian Seniors Online Chess Championship

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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

Paragua rules Battle of Grandmasters

Jun 28, 2020 - 7:53 PM

New York-based Mark Paragua says he's just 'very lucky' to survive past some of the Philippines’ top chess players

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

Battle of Grandmasters qualifier winner tagged for computer assistance

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:30 PM

The National Chess Federation of the Philippines hands Nelson Mariano III a three-month ban after he was tagged for computer assistance by chess portal

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Severino rules IPCA Online World chess crown

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:58 PM

Asian Para Games chess champion Sander Severino proves he’s world-class

Sander Severino. Screengrab from Rappler

Foreign GMs rule Frayna Chess Tournament, Bersamina places 9th

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:30 PM

International Master Paulo Bersamina emerges as the Philippines' top performer with 61 points, good for 9th place

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Paragua rules national bullet chess finals

Jun 14, 2020 - 3:57 PM

US-based Grandmaster Mark Paragua tops a 16-man field featuring the Philippines' best speed chess players

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

Quizon, Reyes surpass Asian Juniors chess rankings

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:08 PM

Young Filipino chess standouts Daniel Quizon and Chester Neil Reyes fare better than their seedings in the regional online tournament

MIDDLE OF THE PACK. Daniel Quizon finishes 11th overall in the Asian Juniors competition. File photo

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

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

More PH chess players banned

May 25, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The latest Filipino chess players to be handed down a suspension are Elwin Retanal, Harison Maamo, and Vladimir Gonzales

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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

3 more Pinoy chess players suspended, Labog ban reversed

May 24, 2020 - 7:50 PM

Former Palarong Pambansa champion Eric Labog Jr clears his name, but 3 more Filipino players get suspended from online chess tournaments

PH para chess bet Severino lands 2nd in FIDE Online Cup

May 22, 2020 - 9:25 PM

Asian Para Games gold medalist Sander Severino settles for a runner-up finish in the 31-player field

IN THE HUNT. Sander Severino hopes to sustain his solid game in other upcoming online chess tournaments. Screengrab from Rappler

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 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

Another PH junior chess player suspended for fair play violation

May 15, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Eric Labog Jr becomes the fourth Filipino player suspended in an online chess tournament

GM Joey Antonio earns online chess Ironman tag

May 14, 2020 - 8:39 PM

‘I think nobody can surpass my passion for chess,’ says Grandmaster Joey Antonio, who has logged a record 160,000 chess games online

DEDICATED. Philippine chess veteran says it’s important ‘to study and be updated’ in the sport. Photo from Antonio’s Facebook account

3 Filipino chess players suspended for fair play violation

May 11, 2020 - 10:06 PM finds Rizalyn Tejada, Heather Chelsea Murillo, and Jethro Aquino violated the fair play policy during a tournament

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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

Pacquiao’s Vis-Min rips Luzon-NCR as chess fundraiser bags P300,000

May 10, 2020 - 11:47 PM

Manny Pacquiao and Team Visayas-Mindanao complete a sweep of Luzon-NCR in an online chess event

STILL A WINNER. Chess enthusiast Manny Pacquiao wins in an online tournament raising funds for needy local players. File photo by  Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

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

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

China pulls ahead of USA, Rest of the World in Nations Cup

May 06, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Team USA, which includes Philippine-born Grandmaster Wesley So, settles for a draw in the opener of the online chess event

Ochoa stuns masters in PH bullet chess leg

May 04, 2020 - 11:00 PM

Karl Ochoa reigns supreme in the seventh leg of the Philippine Bullet Chess Championship

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Pacquiao, Pimentel banner chess fundraiser

May 01, 2020 - 8:39 PM

Senators Manny Pacquiao and Koko Pimentel lead an online chess competition to raise funds for woodpushers affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Online chess: Bersamina bags back-to-back leg wins

Apr 26, 2020 - 7:44 PM

International Master Paulo Bersamina becomes the first two-leg winner of an online chess series

TOUGH WIN. Paulo Bersamina rules the sixth leg via tiebreak. File photo

Online chess: Frayna, Mariano-Wagman to lead PH vs Sweden

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:12 PM

An all-female chess match gets going with Woman Grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna leading the Philippines’ campaign

STAR-STUDDED. Janelle Mae Frayna leads a roster of 20 topnotch Filipina chess players. File photo

Chess legend Kasparov to play in new Online Nations Cup

Apr 22, 2020 - 6:37 PM

An online world tournament featuring chess greats Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik kicks off this May

GENIUS. Russia's Garry Kasparov leads an online gathering of the world’s best chess players. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/AFP

Bersamina joins national bullet chess winners

Apr 19, 2020 - 6:34 PM

Paulo Bersamina tops the fifth leg of the Philippine Bullet Online Chess Championship

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Laylo tops online chess, vaults to 2nd overall behind Antonio

Apr 16, 2020 - 10:33 PM

Grandmaster Darwin Laylo rules the fourth edition of the Cesar Orbe Memorial Chess 960 Series

WINNING WAYS. Darwin Laylo rebounds after a runner-up finish in the previous leg. Photo from Laylo’s Facebook account

Speed king Elorta banned for cheating in Qatar chess tourney

Apr 12, 2020 - 12:34 PM

David Elorta becomes the highest profile local chess player whose account has been taken down for alleged cheating in an online tournament

Young IM Daniel Quizon rules National Bullet chess leg

Apr 11, 2020 - 8:44 PM

Filipino teen standout Daniel Quizon tops an online chess tournament that lured a record field of 523 bets

CHESS WHIZ. Fifteen-year-old Daniel Quizon stays on a roll. File photo

Antonio wins anew, regains overall lead

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:28 PM

Grandmaster Joey Antonio grabs the top spot in the five-leg online chess series

Longtime Filipino chess arbiter Gene Poliarco dies

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:06 PM

Gene Poliarco, the country's most senior International Arbiter, dies at 77

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Fil-Australian chess player Arianne Caoili dies

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Former top Filipina chess player Arianne Caoili passes away at the age of 33 due to car crash injuries

TRAGIC. Arianne Caoili succumbs to her injuries from a car crash in Armenia. Photo from Arianne Caoili's Instagram