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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 fide.com

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/Chess.com


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 Fide.com

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 chess.com


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

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.’

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 chess.com.

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 Chess.com


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 draws again in Candidates Tournament

Mar 24, 2018 - 5:27 PM

After 11 rounds, Wesley So is at 7th out of the 8 participants in the Candidates Tournament, where the winner will face world champion Magnus Carlsen

DRAW. Wesley So draws anew, this time against world number two Shakriyar Mamedyarov. File 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

Wesley So draws vs Candidates Tournament leader Caruana in Round 8

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Wesley So's endgame plan at one point was a 'shock,' says Fabiano Caruana

CELLAR. Wesley So remains at the cellar with Levon Aronian with 3 points. 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 clinches 1st win in Round 6 vs Aronian

Mar 17, 2018 - 8:40 AM

Wesley So moves up to 6th place in the 2018 FIDE Candidates Tournament

CRUCIAL WIN. Wesley So defeats Levon Aronian who is the second to the oldest player in the tournament. Photo from FIDE Candidates Tournament Facebook

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 draws with Ding Liren in Candidates Tournament Round 3

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:32 PM

As Wesley So finally snapped out of a losing streak, chess lovers around the world were gushing over Vladimir Kramnik's masterful conquest of Levon Aronian in Round 3

DRAW. File photo of Wesley So during a successful campaign last year. From the Facebook page of Wesley So

Wesley So drops Round 1 of Candidates vs Fabiano Caruana

Mar 11, 2018 - 3:18 PM

In a battle of chess grandmasters under the American flag, Fabiano Caruana defeats Wesley So in 33 moves of a Queen's Pawn opening

FAVORED. Though he dropped his opening round game, Wesley So is still in the running in the Fide World Candidates Tournament. From Wesley So's Facebook.

Wesley So opens bid in Candidates Tournament 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 5:56 PM

So hopes to earn the right challenge current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway for the title

4TH BEST. Wesley So, who is seen holding his favorite chess piece (the King), is the 4th best rated chess player in the world. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Wesley So fails to defend Tata Steel Crown

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:01 PM

But the bigger battle for the Philippine-born So, who now plays under the US flag, is the Candidates Tournament where at stake will be the right to challenge world chess champion Magnus Carlsen

SURRENDERED TITLE. Wesley So continues to play for the US and ranks 6th in the world. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

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 claims 5th draw, stays at joint second in London Chess Classic

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:03 PM

The Philippine-born So is part of the 7-man second place in the chess tournament

Wesley So eliminated in World Chess Cup semifinals

Sep 22, 2017 - 4:40 PM

So loses the first blitz playoff in the semifinal against China's Ding Liren and then settles for a draw in the second game.

FINAL 4. Wesley So, seen in action from January 2017, made it to the semifinals of the World Chess Cup, the furthest since 2009. File photo by Koen Suyk/ANP/AFP

Wesley So ends Sinquefield Cup tied for last place

Aug 12, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Wesley So finishes tied for last place at 3 points

Wesley So's 67-game no-loss streak ends in Azerbaijan

Apr 22, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Wesley So resigns against Shakriyar Mamedyarov to suffer his first loss after winning or drawing in his last 67 games

DOWN. Wesley So finally dropped a match, ending his career-best streak. File photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP

Wesley So wins first US Chess Championship title

Apr 11, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Wesley So strengthens his case as one of the best chess players in the world by winning the U S Chess title

SO GOOD. Wesley So maintained his cool and navigated his way to the US Chess championship. Screenshot from YouTube

Wesley So now 3rd in world chess ranking

Feb 01, 2017 - 6:26 PM

So is currently ranked third in the world but could be second soon with Caruana struggling

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

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 matches career-best 54-game unbeaten streak

Jan 28, 2017 - 4:26 PM

Wesley So draws with Dmitry Andreikin to remain half a point up in the 2017 Tata Steel Tournament

STILL IN THE LEAD. Wesley So remains atop the standings in the Netherlands with two rounds left to play. 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's unbeaten mark now at 48 games

Jan 18, 2017 - 5:07 PM

So wins in 43 moves at the Tata Steel chess tournament in the Netherlands

TOUGH TO BEAT. Wesley So remained unbeaten for his 45th straight game. 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

Wesley So draws world champion, now 44 games without a loss

Jan 15, 2017 - 4:00 PM

So is now ranked fourth in the world in the latest FIDE ratings up from a ranking of 10th last year

ON A ROLL. Wesley So hasn't lost in 44 games, including a most recent draw with world champion Magnus Carlsen. File photo from Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St Louis Facebook

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 defeats reigning chess champ Magnus Carlsen in Paris

Jun 09, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Wesley So becomes just the second Filipino ever to defeat a reigning world chess champion

Wesley So finishes second in US Chess Championship

Apr 26, 2016 - 9:21 PM

So ends the round robin tournament ranked 10th in the world

SECOND PLACE. Wesley So places second in the 2016 US Chess Championship. to File Photo from Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St Louis Facebook

Wesley So wins Bilbao Masters

Nov 02, 2015 - 9:06 PM

So s victory means he returns as world number 10 according to computations at Live Chess Ratings

WINNER. Wesley So wins in Spain and returns as world number 10, per Live Chess Ratings. to File Photo from Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St Louis Facebook