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Nearly halfway through the 42nd Chess Olympiad, the Philippines sits within striking distance of the leaders, but faces a bumpy ride from here on beginning with a match against world champion Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen and Norway Thursday in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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4th win for Torre; South Africa loses

Torre, one of the oldest participants at 64, opened with the rarely-played b3, steered the game into a positional battle before stamping his class in the endgame where his experience proved too much for International Master Watu Kobese.

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PH downs Costa Rica

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PH downs Costa Rica

Grandmaster Eugene Torre was held to a draw after three straight wins, but his teammates delivered a big 3.5-0.5 victory over Costa Rica Monday in the fourth round of the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Torre towers for PH

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Torre towers for PH

The Philippines bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Nigeria in the Open division Sunday, but crashed back to earth in the women’s section three rounds into the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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PH stuns Georgia

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PH stuns Georgia

The Philippines produced a king-size upset in the women’s section Saturday when it toppled four-time champion Georgia, 2.5-1.5, in the second round of the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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The Philippines got off to a rousing start Friday, sweeping all its matches in the Open and women’s divisions of the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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