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Second seed Grandmaster Anton Demchenko of Russia ended Filipino FIDE Master Randy Segarra’s giant-slaying ways with a 95-move win to grab a share of the lead with six others after three rounds of the Philippine International Chess Championships Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel in Zambales Wednesday night.

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Norwegian move

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Norwegian move

On a dreary, rainy Manhattan night, a huge, happy roar arose in a crowd of chess fans from around the world.

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The Norwegian reigning world chess champion Magnus Carlsen beat his Russian rival, the prodigy Sergei Karyakin, in game 10 of the World Chess Championship in New York to tie the tournament, one of the most dramatic battles for the crown in decades.

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Torre vs Karpov

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Torre vs Karpov

Following the landmark meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian president Vladimir Putin during the APEC Leaders’ Summit in Lima, Peru, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) also made a big leap towards improving its sporting relations with Russia with the plan of bringing in former world champion Anatoly Karpov for a goodwill game with Eugene Torre in the first quarter of 2017.

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Marlon Mortel pulled the rug from under the top-seeded grandmasters to win the Dubai Chess and Culture Club October Rapid Chess Tournament, which concluded Saturday night with more than 130 participants from 17 countries.

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La Salle-Greenhills’ Julius Gonzales hurdled his last two matches to hold off Chris Pondoyo and capture the juniors crown in the Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship grand finals at SM Megamall Event Center last Sunday.

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