Sadorra falls, finishes tied for fifth (May 21, 2017)
Joey Villar [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Julio Sadorra

MANILA, Philippines - GM Julio Sadorra fell to sixth seed GM Wang Hao of China in 33 moves of a Nimzo-Indian duel and finished tied for fifth spot at the end of the Asian Continental Chess Championship in Chengdu, China last night.

Sadorra lost his way in the opening and paid dearly for it as Wang gave up a pawn to force the US-based Filipino chesser into a cramped position that the latter translated into a full point.

Wang eventually finished tied for first with fellow Chinese GM Bu Xiangzhi, who downed Kazalh GM Rinat, Jumabayev with seven points apiece.

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Mamedyarov chokes foe to death (May 21, 2017)
NM Edgar de Castro [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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In Moscow, Russia, Shakriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) and Ding Liren (CHN) shared the seventh-round lead in the FIDE Grand Prix, the second tournament in the Grand Prix’s four-event world swing.

With 4.5 apiece and two  rounds remaining at Moscow,     the tourney remains wide open, even for Alexander Grischuk (RUS)  and  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) and four other players tied at second with 4.0 each, including Azeri Teimour Radjabov, Russian Peter Svidler, Israeli Boris Gelfand and American Hikaru Nakamura.

Mamedyarov, Grischuk and Vachier-Lagrave wound up tied for first in the first leg held in Sharjah, UAE. The top two players after four legs shall advance to the Candidates tournament.

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Sadorra trips Indian, shares chess lead (May 20, 2017)
Joey Villar [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines - GM Julio Sadorra stunned seventh seed GM B. Adhiban of India in 50 moves of a French duel last night to seize a share of the lead after the penultimate round of the Asian Continental Chess Championship in Chengdu, China.

Sadorra outplayed Adhiban in the opening with the Black and gained an edge in a brief exchange before holding on at endgame on his way to victory.

With a round to go, Sadorra tied GMs Wang Hao and Bu Xiangzhi of China, who split the point, in the lead with six points.

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Sadorra draws with Kazakh GM (May 18, 2017)
Joey Villar [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines -  GM Julio Sadorra battled 11th seed GM Rinat Jumabayev of Kazakhstan to a marathon 74-move draw and stayed in contention after five rounds of the Asian Continental Chess Championships in Chengdu, China Tuesday night.

But Sadorra’s 3.5-point total dropped him from joint second to a share of fourth, a full point behind solo leader GM Wang Hao of China, who hiked his output to 4.5 points.

Indian GM Chithambaram Aravindh and Chinese GM Bai Jinshi are tied at No. 2 with four points.

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Sadorra forces draw with Chinese GM (May 16, 2017)
Joey Villar [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines - Filipino Grandmaster Julio Catalino Sadorra fought top seed GM Yu Yangyi of China to a 30-move draw of an English duel to stay half a point off the pace after three rounds of the Asian Continental Chess Championships in Chengdu, China Sunday night.

The 30-year-old US-based Sadorra has two points in a tie with 23 others while six set the pace, including GMs Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa of Mongolia, Wang Hao and Bai Jinshi of China, Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Chithambaram Aravindh of India, and Parham Magsoodloo of Iran with 2.5 points each.

Sadorra, who manned the top board for the Philippines in the last two Olympiads, was playing untitled Chinese Zhang Ziji in the fourth round at presstime.

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 Garry Kasparov and Wesley So | Kasparov photo from AP

MANILA, Philippines – Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov thinks the next challenger to Magnus Carlsen's crown is Wesley So.

In an interview with Tyler Cowen that was recently published and titled "Garry Kasparov on AI, Chess, and Future of Creativity," Kasparov said the Philippine-born, Minnetonka, Minnesota native has the best chance to challenge Carlsen in the next World Championship cycle.

"Considering the logic of the world championship history, Magnus (Carlsen) should face opposition from a younger player, or the same age," said Kasparov, who reigned as undisputed world champion from 1985 to 1993 and World Classical champion from 1993-2000 before finally retiring five years later.

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So bounces back with draw (April 24, 2017)
Joey Villar [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines -  Wesley So settled down following a stinging setback, fighting Englishman Michael Adams to a 41-move draw of a King’s Indian Attack in the second round of the Shamkir Chess-Gashimove Memorial 2017 in Azerbaijan Saturday.

The reigning US champion gave up a pawn to create a counter-play and a queenside passed pawn but Adams came through with accurate counter moves to turn the match into a drawish opposite-colored bishops ending.

Still, the draw came like a whiff of fresh air for So, who saw his unbeaten run of 67 come to an end with a 39-move defeat to local ace Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, the world No. 10, Friday night.

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