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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

Gritty Buto leads late charge as PH bags 6 chess golds

Aug 09, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Al-Basher Buto cops the under-10 crown as 5 other young Filipinos rule in the 2019 Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championship

BACK ON TOP. After a dry spell, chess whiz Al-Basher Buto regains his winning form. Contributed photo

Filipino chess whiz wins Asian Juniors blitz tournament

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The 14-year-old Daniel Quizon comes out triumphant in all of his 7 games to bag the crown

REDEMPTION. Daniel Quizon vents his ire in the blitz tournament after failing to finish high in the standard chess. Photo from grandmaster Jayson Gonzales

Quizon falls, Asian junior chess bid in peril

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:21 PM

Top Philippine bet Daniel Quizon drops to a share of 5th place after losing a roller-coaster game against an Indian foe

PRODIGY. Daniel Quizon, in the file photo, is poised to becoming the next big thing in Philippine chess. Photo from the FB account of Daniel Quizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At 17, Miciano set to become International Master of PH chess

Apr 08, 2018 - 10:28 PM

John Marvin Miciano has a one-point lead over 4 rivals in the Asian Youth Chess Championship Under-18 division, including 14-year-old Daniel Quizon

File photo from Shutterstock

Philippines rules ASEAN age group chess championship

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:23 PM

Victory really hypnotizes, especially in the eyes of Filipino chess fans who hunger for more achievements

Mindanao girl takes lone PH gold in Asian Schools Chess Championship

Jul 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Allaney Jia Doroy a Grade 10 student from Agusan del Sur wins the Philippines lone gold medal in Panjin China

WINNING. Allaney Jia Doroy gets a boost of confidence in China ahead of next month's national championship finals. Photo from Doroy's Facebook

3 Filipinos win gold medals at Asian Schools Chess Championship

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:54 PM

One winner is a 7 year old whose father comes from Marawi

Filipina San Diego becomes Woman Int'l Chess Master

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:04 AM

Marie Antoinette San Diego becomes an International Master at the East Asian Junior Chess Championship in Tagaytay City

LET THEM EAT CHESS. Marie Antoinette San Diego was a saving grace for Philippine chess in Tagaytay City. Photo from

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

Frayna falls short of becoming first Filipina chess grandmaster

Aug 22, 2016 - 7:33 PM

Filipina chess player Janelle Mae Frayna starts strong but loses two of her final 3 matches at the World Junior Chess Championship

CHAIRWOMAN OF THE BOARD. Janelle Mae Frayna (right) defeated Michelle Catherina (left) but fell short of winning the championship. Photo from World Junior Chess Championship website

10 reasons the '78 Karpov – Korchnoi chess match was weirdest ever

Jun 21, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Like Thrilla in Manila the championship made Baguio memorable to chess addicts

In this file photo from 1998, FIDE world chess champion Anatoly Karpov (L) of Russia plays an exhibition match with a local girl, Maricris Blanco (R) during a sentimental visit to this northern Philippines mountain resort. Karpov successfully defended his world chess crown there in 1978 in a marathon match against former compatriot Viktor Korchnoi. ANDY ZAPATA / AFP

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

Brena Membrere dominates women's Battle of Grandmasters

Nov 02, 2015 - 10:00 PM

After she graduates from college next year Brena Membrere intends to give a few more years to chess with the aim of making the national team

Perena-Secopito (left) faces Brena Membrere in the last round of the Battle of the Grandmasters. Photo from Ellen Gotel's Facebook Account

Wesley So's life and career in turmoil

Apr 13, 2015 - 4:24 PM

Details have emerged of Wesley So s family turmoil which include demands for bank details and a tug of war between his mother and the family he s living with in the US

TUG OF WAR. Wesley So may have been distracted by family trouble during the US Championship. File photo by Piroschka Van De Wouw/EPA

Wesley So ends US Championship meltdown with victory

Apr 12, 2015 - 6:49 PM

Wesley So got back on the winning track with a win over Gata Kamsky as media reports surface of his family problems

BACK ON TRACK. Wesley So's worst tournament to date is almost at an end. File photo by Piroschka Van De Wouw/EPA

Wesley So forfeited at US Chess Championship

Apr 11, 2015 - 4:09 AM

So was forfeited by the chief arbiter in the ninth round for writing things on a separate scoresheet aside from his moves against Varuzan Akobian

Wesley So's nightmare run at the U.S. Chess Championship continues. Photo from

Wesley So's nightmare continues with 3rd US Championship loss

Apr 10, 2015 - 3:19 PM

The last time So lost this many games in a tournament was in the finals of the 2005 national championship in Tagyatay when he was 12 years old

MAN DOWN. Wesley So's losing streak continues. File photo by Piroschka Van De Wouw/EPA

Family spat may have cost Wesley So a defeat at US Championship

Apr 08, 2015 - 3:35 PM

Wesley So loses twice in a tournament for the first time in two years and a spat with two relatives at the venue before the match may have caused it

OVER-BOARD. Wesley So lost to a former teammate on Wednesday morning. File photo by Piroschka Van De Wouw/EPA

Wesley So draws Nakamura in US Chess Championship

Apr 05, 2015 - 2:23 PM

Wesley So who is rated number five in the world battled Hikaru Nakamura to a draw in the fourth round of the US Chess Championship

Wesley So is a half point behind Nakamura and Ray Robson with 2.5 points after four rounds. Photo from

Wesley So beaten by 15-year-old at US Chess Championship

Apr 04, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Chess lovers marked Black Saturday with double grief as Wesley So the world s fifth ranked player lost to a 15 year old grandmaster

OVER-BOARD. Wesley So's loss at the US Championship left many stunned. File photo by Piroschka Van De Wouw/EPA

Suede becomes first Filipina to win Asian juniors chess championship

Dec 04, 2014 - 11:33 PM

Mikee Suede a UP physical education student won the prestigious international title and becomes the Philippines latest Woman International Master

CHAIRWOMAN OF THE BOARD. Mikee Suede, a UP physical education student, made history on the chess board. Photo from Suede's Facebook

UP student poised to win Asian juniors chess championship

Dec 04, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Mikee Charlene Suede a 20 year old physical education student upset the Indian top seed and is on the verge of becoming the Philippines first winner in this event

CHAIRWOMAN OF THE BOARD. Mikee Suede, a UP physical education student, is closing in on a major international championship. Photo from Suede's Facebook

Gomez wrests back lead with 1 round left in Battle of Chess GMs

Jun 27, 2014 - 9:09 PM

Playing with precision with white John Paul Gomez methodically dismantled Janelle Mae Frayna s Gruenfeld Defense in 51 moves and wrested the lead back

MASTER AT WORK. John Paul Gomez contemplates his next move during a chess match. Photo by Manolo Pedralvez