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Punch Your Clock, a five-day chess tournament hosted by the University of the Philippines, takes the spotlight from March 29 to April 2 at the UP Department of Military Science and Tactics in Diliman.

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Wesley hangs on to No. 1

Grandmaster Wesley So still kept his solo lead despite posting his third straight draw yesterday in the eighth round of the Tata Steel Masters 2017 in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

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GM Wang Hao of China slammed the title door on GM Mark Paragua with a crushing 42-move win of a Sicilian to rule the Philippine Sports Commission-Puregold International Chess Challenge at the Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel Sunday night.

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So draws praise from Kasparov

Grandmaster Wesley So drew with American GM Fabiano Caruana Saturday in the penultimate round of the London Chess Classic to clinch victory in the 2016 Grand Chess Tour.

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Underdog Roel Abelgas turned back fellow FIDE Master Fran Minh Thang of Vietnam yesterday to gatecrash into a six-way tie at fourth place after seven rounds of the Philippine Sports Commission-Puregold International Chess Challenge at the Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel.

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International Master Haridas Pascua and Woman IM Janelle Mae Frayna finished with contrasting results but both ended up gaining rating points to achieve GM and WGM status at the conclusion of the Philippine International Chess Championships at Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel in Zambales Sunday night.

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