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Wesley So wins $100K first place at Millionaire Chess Open

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Wesley So exults after receiving from organizer Maurice Ashley a replica of the $100,000 first prize check in the Millionaire Chess Open at Planet Hollywood. PHOTO BY PAUL TRUONG

LAS VEGAS , Nevada — Filipino chess grandmaster Wesley So outplayed Webster University teammate Roby Robson of the United States in the finals to capture the $100,000 first prize in the Millionaire Chess Open championships at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.   Despite an inferior position, So forced a draw in the first game as […]

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Wesley bags P4.48M, crashes world’s top 10

Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So won the Millionaire Chess Open Monday night (Tuesday in Manila) at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to bag the $100,000 (about P4.48 million) and barge into the world’s top 10. Living up to his top seeding, So beat Webster University teammate GM Ray Robson, 1.5-0.5, in the finals to raise his Elo live rating to a personal-best 2762 on five wins and two draws, dislodging former world champion Vladimir Kramnik (2760) of Russia at 10th spot.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

So advances to semifinals at Millionaire Chess Open

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Wesley So plays the white pieces against  fellow grandmasterTimur Gareev of the United States in the seventh round of the Millionaire Chess Open at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. PHOTO BY PAUL TRUONG.

Chess grandmaster Wesley So outplayed Gareev Timur of the United States in the seventh round Sunday, October 12, to qualify outright for the semifinals of the rich Millionaire Chess Open at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Posted: October 14th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

So beats US chess phenom at the Millionaire’s open

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Wesley So (left) plays the white pieces against Jeffrey Xiong of the US in the fourth round of the Millionaire's chess tournament at Planet Hollywood & Casino. PHOTO BY ERIC LEUNG

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Grandmaster Wesley So took the measure of Jeffrey Xiong of the United States, beating the 13-year-old American chess phenomenon in the fourth round of the Millionaire’s Chess Open at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Friday, October 10.   Yangyi Yu of China is showing the way with four points, and So […]

Posted: October 13th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Wesley So will miss shot at world championship

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Filipino chess grandmaster Wesley So will not participate in the FIDE Grand Prix tournaments that will determine the world’s two top players who will compete for the world championship.

Posted: September 11th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

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