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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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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


5 Filipinos win blitz in Thailand chess tiff

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Daniel Quizon, Ruelle Canino, Allaney Doroy, Mark Jay Bacojo, and Franiel Angela Magpily all triumph in the Eastern Asian Youth Chess Tournament

ROMP. Ruelle Canino sweeps the nine-round under 12. Contributed photo


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


PH bags 5 golds in 2019 ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Vic Glysen Derotas and Mark Jay Bacojo sweep their divisions to banner the Philippines' golden haul

CHAMPION. Vic Glysen Derotas sweeps her division to bag one of the Philippines' 5 gold medals. Photo from Facebook

Narrowly getting plane tickets, Filipinos fly for ASEAN chess tilt

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:09 PM

A 57-man Philippine delegation will compete in the 20th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship in Myanmar

YOUNG MINDS. Al-Basher Buto, seeing action in the Under-10, and Jean Antonette Brade, competing in the Under-8 division, wave as they make their way to the ticket counter at NAIA Terminal 2. Photos sent by Bong Buto


De Guzman, Fronda best PH bets in Asian Chess

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Filipino bets fail to crash the top 10 as Chinese Grandmaster Wei Yi and Indian Rout Padmini rule the 17th Asian Chess Championship

BEST PINOYS. Jan Jodilyn Fronda and Ricardo De Guzman place the highest among the Philippine bets. Photos from De La Salle Alumni Association (Fronda) and 2005 Sacramento Chess Championship website

Paulo Bersamina crashes into Asian Chess Championship top 20

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Paulo Bersamina defeats countryman John Merill Jacutina in the 8th round of the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships

INTERNATIONAL MASTER. Paulo Bersamina still has hope of finishing top 10 in the 17th Asian Chess Championships. Photo from National Chess Federation website

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)

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


Eugene Torre seizes solo top spot in Asian Seniors Chess Championships

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Asia's first Grandmaster improves to a perfect 3.0 points to separate himself from his erstwhile co-leaders in the 34-man event

OLD BUT GOLD. Despite turning 67, Eugene Torre remains sharp. File photo from National Chess Federation of the Philippines


PH men's team falters, settles for 37th in Chess Olympiad

Oct 06, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The Philippines skids in the final round as China completes a title sweep of the 2018 World Chess Olympiad

TEAM WHIZ. Grandmaster Julio Catalino Sadorra carried the Philippine squad all tournament. Photo from Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018

Pinoy chessers barge into Olympiad top 20

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:43 AM

The Philippine men's team rolls to its fifth straight victory in the 2018 Chess Olympiad

PH men's team wins 4 straight, now 31st in Chess Olympiad

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:26 PM

The national men's chess team defeats Zambia in the 9th round of the 43rd Chess Olympiad

ONA ROLL. Julio Catalino Sadorra says the Philippine chess team has been playing each round ‘like a championship round.’ Photo from 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad

PH men's chess team climbs to 33rd spot in Olympiad

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Unbeaten Julio Catalino Sadorra leads the redemption bid of the Philippine men's chess team in the World Chess Olympiad 2018

ON A ROLL. The national men’s chess team mentored by the legendary Eugene Torre (center) returns inside the top 50 of the Olympiad. Photo from Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 Facebook page

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


PH chessers salvage draw vs England

Sep 29, 2018 - 6:59 PM

The Philippine women's chess team climbs to 31st place in the World Chess Olympiad 2018

FIRST SETBACK. Woman grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna absorbs her first loss in the tournament but the national women’s team still pull off a draw against England.

Pinays down Slovakia in World Chess Olympiad 2018

Sep 28, 2018 - 5:25 PM

National champion Shania Mae Mendoza delivers for the Philippine women's chess team

STEADY CLIMB. The national women's chess team of (from left) Janelle Mae Frayna, Marie Antoinette San Diego, Catherine Secopito, and Shania Mae Mendoza improve to 39th place. Photo from Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 Facebook page

PH chessers fall to Croatia in Olympiad

Sep 27, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The Philippine men's chess team absorbs its first loss after a hot start in the 2018 Chess Olympiad

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

PH upsets Slovakia in Chess Olympiad

Sep 27, 2018 - 8:37 AM

Grandmasters Julio Catalino Sadorra and John Paul Gomez deliver as the Philippines join a huge 41-country group on top in the 43rd World Chess Olympiad

Eugene Torre named head coach of PH team to Chess Olympiad

Jul 23, 2018 - 4:03 PM

The Philippine team looks to improve from its worst finish of 58th place in the last edition of the biennial event in 2016

COACHING DUTIES. Filipino grandmaster Eugene Torre will not play in the Chess Olympiad for the first time since 1970. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


John Marvin Miciano wins Under-18 title at Asian Youth Chess Championship

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:20 PM

For clinching the title, Miciano becomes the country's newest International Master at 17 years old

John Marvin Miciano keeps 1-point lead in Asian Youth Chess

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:09 PM

Miciano takes on kababayan Daniel Quizon in penultimate round of the elite Under-18 division

Daniel Quizon stuns top seed in Asian Youth

Apr 03, 2018 - 6:12 PM

The 13-year-old Quizon shares the lead with two points with compatriot John Marvin Miciano, Arya Omidi of Iran and Timur Nurzanov of Kazakhstan

STUN. Daniel Quizon defeats Vietnamese International Master Tran Tuan Minh in 53 moves of a Sicilian Defense. Photo from Facebook

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

Wesley So collects sixth draw in Candidates Tournament

Mar 23, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Wesley So now affords a smile in the post-game press conference after pulling off an impressive draw in Round 10

ASIANS. Wesley So tangles with Dang Liren of China in a earlier round of the Fide Candidates Tournament in Beijing. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Another draw for Wesley So with 5 rounds to go

Mar 21, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Wesley So has interesting company in the cellar of the Fide candidates tournament

ALL AMERICAN. File photo of Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana playing in Round 8 of Fide chess candidates tournament in Berlin. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Round 7 loss all but eliminates Wesley So in Candidates Tournament

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Going into the second half of this top caliber tournament, Wesley So is at joint 7th and 8th with Levon Aronian

TIGHT SPOT. Wesley So erred in the endgame against Sergey Karjakin in Round 7 of FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2018. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Wesley So fends off Kramnik attack to draw in Rd 5 of Candidates Tournament

Mar 16, 2018 - 4:59 PM

In a battle between the youngest and the oldest of the 8 grandmasters in this elite cast, Wesley So claims a draw from former world champion Vladimir Kramnik

WORRIED. File photo of Wesley So, who remains tied for last in thecandidates tournament. From the Facebook account of Wesley So

Wesley So seeks to rekindle flickering hopes vs Kramnik

Mar 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Another draw for Wesley So in Round 4 of the Fide candidates tournament in Berlin

STILL WINLESS. Wesley So has two draws and two losses to show after 4 rounds of the Fide candidates tournament in Berlin, Germany. From Wesley So's Facebook account

Wesley So beats former world champ Anand, finishes co-3rd in London Chess Classic

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATED) Wesley So collected draws in all his previous matches before pulling off his win over Anand in the $300,000 chess classic

THIRD. Wesley So finished co-3rd place in the London Chess Classic. From his Facebook account

Wesley So wins 2017 Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Jan 29, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The Cavite born chess grandmaster defeats Ian Nepomniatchi of Russia in the 13th round to take an insurmountable lead

WINNER. Wesley So stretches his unbeaten streak to 56 matches and wins his third straight tournament. Photo from chessbase.com

Wesley So sets new unbeaten record at 55, leads going to last round

Jan 29, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Wesley So draws with Wei Yi on Saturday and leads at the 2017 Tata Steel Chess Tournament going into the final round

STILL UNBEATEN. Wesley So stays unbeaten in new record of 55 games. File photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP

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

Wesley So's unbeaten streak reaches 50 games

Jan 22, 2017 - 5:02 PM

So maintains his lead at the 2017 Tata Steel Chess Tournament after 7 rounds with a draw against Pavel Eljanov

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

Wesley So escapes inferior position to stretch unbeaten mark to 49 games

Jan 21, 2017 - 4:18 PM

So escapes from strong pressure to remain in the lead following 6 rounds

ESCAPING DEFEAT. Wesley So avoided defeat against Adhiban Baskaran, stretching his unbeaten streak to 49 matches. File photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP

Wesley So moves up to world number 3 ranking with hard fought win

Jan 17, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Wesley So escapes a bad position against Hungarian foe Richard Rapport to win in the third round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in the Netherlands

HOT STREAK. Wesley So narrowly avoids defeat to extend his no-loss streak to 46. Screengrab from Tata Steel Chess YouTube

Wesley So stretches no-loss streak to 45

Jan 16, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Wesley So defending stoutly against his arch rival Anish Giri of the Netherlands earns a draw after the second round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament

TOUGH TO BEAT. Wesley So remained unbeaten for his 45th straight game. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP