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The women who played Bobby Fischer

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Fischer, one of the greatest chess players of all time, agreed to matches before the Philippine team flew to Israel for the 1976 Chess Olympiad

LEGENDS. Bobby Fischer with (from left) Andrea Lizares, Lita Alvarez and Hermie Cartel, members of the first Philippine women's team to the 1976 Haifa Olympiad. Contributed photo

Filipino woodpushers show wares in Hong Kong Open

Dec 28, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Deniel Causo, Yves Ranola, and Michael Concio Jr impress in the tournament

Photo from Shutterstock

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

Asian Chess: Doroy makes up for lackluster PH showing

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Woman Fide Master Allaney Gia Doroy emerges as the country's best performer in the 5th round of the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships

PRIZED FIND. Philippine bet Allaney Gia Doroy (right) ends up tied for 10th to 16th in the distaff side after 5 rounds. Photo release

Nava takes cudgels for Team PH in Asian Continental Chess

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:45 PM

IM Roderick Nava records a second win to lead the Philippines in the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships

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)

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

Garma, Torre rule Asian Seniors Chess

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:03 AM

International Master Chito Garma bags the 50-and-over division crown as Grandmaster Eugene Torre cops the 65-and-over title

EVERGREEN. Top-ranked Eugene Torre finishes with 7.0 points to retain his title. File photo

Asian Seniors Chess: Garma, Roca keep 1-2 spots

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:35 AM

International Masters Chito Garma and Petronio Roca turn back separate foes to stay on top of the 9th Asian Seniors Chess Championships

Torre bounces back in Asian Seniors Chess

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Top-seeded Eugene Torre gets back in contention after moving a full point behind tournament leader Chito Garma

Garma topples Torre, shares top with Caturla

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:13 PM

International Master Chito Garma ends top-seeded Eugene Torre's unbeaten run in the 9th Asian Seniors Chess Championships

SETBACK. Grandmaster Eugene Torre (right)  absorbs his first loss in 14 games against International Master Chito Garma. File photo

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

Asian Seniors Chess: Eugene Torre wins twice on birthday

Nov 04, 2018 - 10:15 PM

Grandmaster Eugene Torre gets his title defense off to a strong right on his 67th birthday

TWIN WINS. Eugene Torre opens his campaign with victories over an Australian foe and a former teammate. Photo from Chesshive

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 caps Asian Para Games campaign with golden spree

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The country hikes its gold medal haul to 10 – a major turnaround from its zero-gold finish in previous editions

CHAMP. Arthus Bucay races his way to a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games. Photo by Janet Tenorio/Philippine Sports Commission

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 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

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.

Charito Bandal, top PH chess player in the '70s, dies at 78

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Rosario 'Charito' Bandal played in a time when tournament prizes included modest cash, trophies or even chess clocks

Rosario 'Charito' Bandal grew up in a big chess-playing family. Photo from Bandal's Facebook account

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

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

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.’

PH rules blitz chess, but Vietnam reclaims overall ASEAN crown

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The Philippines collects 55 gold medals against Vietnam's 70 in the regional age group competition

WHIZ KID. Philippine bet Daniel Quizon rules the under-14 rapid and blitz events. File photo

Grandmaster in a flash: Indian prodigy chess champ at 12

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa becomes the world's second youngest chess grandmaster ever

YOUNG COG. Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa falls more than 3 months short of the world's youngest chess grandmaster. Photo by Vysotsky from Wikimedia Commons

Vietnam rules ASEAN chess despite late PH heroics

Jun 24, 2018 - 11:45 PM

The Filipinos fall short even after hacking out surprise wins in 3 age-group competitions

ASEAN chess: Diamonds in the rough in Davao

Jun 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Philippine bets Sarri Subahani and Ruelle Canino prove that patience pays off

GIFTED. Cagayan de Oro's  Ruelle Canino leads the girls under-10 division.

Vietnam asserts strength in ASEAN chess

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The Filipinos yield the top spot as the Vietnamese lean on female bets in the age-group tournament

PACESETTER. Philippine bet Paulo Bersamina (left) leads the Under-20 age group. Rappler file photo

PH clings to ASEAN chess lead, Sulu player surprises

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The defending champion Filipinos lead in 7 age categories

FEU chessers show wares in ASEAN Age Group

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Kyle Rhenzi Sevillano leads the FEU varsity players who pulled off a rash of upsets

66-year-old Torre suits up again for PH in chess Olympiad

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The National Chess Federation of the Philippines to name the rest of the Olympiad team

SOLDIER. Veteran Eugene Torre leads the charge for Philippines' campaign in the 31st Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

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

Miciano misses podium in Asian Universities Chess Championship

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:14 PM

International Master John Marvin Miciano absorbs a last-round defeat that cost him a medal

COLLAPSE. Philippine bet John Marvin Miciano (left) ends up tied with Paulo Bersamina with 5.5 points in the 9-round event.

San Diego, Bersamina trail Chinese leaders in Asian Universities Chess Championship

May 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Antoinette San Diego and Paulo Bersamina stand half a point behind the pacesetters in their respective divisions

IN CONTENTION. Paulo Bersamina (left) gets locked in a 4-way tie for second with 4.5 points. Contributed photo

Gonzales and protege Frayna rule PNG chess events

May 25, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Jayson Gonzales pulls off a surprise win as WGM Janelle Mae Frayna tops two events

TWIN WINS. Janelle Mae Frayna bags the women's rapid and blitz chess titles in the Philippine National Games 2018. Rappler file photo

Secopito upsets first PH Woman Grandmaster Frayna in PNG chess

May 23, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The coach of the University of the Philippines women’s team stuns Frayna on the way to winning the crown

SHOCK LOSS. Janelle Mae Frayna, who recently came back from a 5-month hiatus, loses to Catherine Secopito for the first time in 4 meetings. Rappler file photo

Incoming Grade 8 student tops U-14 in National Age Group Chess tilt

May 14, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Jasper Faeldonia scores 7.5 points out of 11 rounds to win his first national tournament

CHAMP. Jasper Faeldonia wins the Under-14 category in the National Age Group Chess Championships. Photo from Pinoy ChessClub Online's Facebook page

Back from a break, Grandmaster Frayna gears up for 2018 Chess Olympiad

May 06, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The country’s first female Grandmaster thinks she has more to learn after settling for a couple of runner-up finishes

LONG-TERM GOAL. Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Janelle Mae Frayna looks to hurdle the 2019 Asian Zonal to qualify for the World Cup. Photo from Frayna's Facebook account