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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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International Master Haridas Pascua extracted 1.5 points out of games against Grandmasters Levan Pentsulaia of Georgia and Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus to snare a piece of fifth place after the penultimate round of the Philippine International Chess Championships at Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel in Zambales Saturday night.

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PH trails by a point

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Sixth pick Grandmaster Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus pulled down former leader Woman GM Lei Tingjie of China in 60 moves of a Benoni yesterday to snatch a share of the lead with top seed GM Wang Hao of China after five rounds of the Philippine International Chess Championships at Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel in Zambales.

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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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