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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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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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