Super Grandmaster Wesley So officially ended the hopes of those who wished to see him represent the Philippines again when he became a U.S. citizen earlier this year.
“I want to give back to a country that has been so good to me,” So told the US Chess Federation. “From the moment I landed here, I was encouraged and enabled to become better than I was. I like this attitude and the tremendous generosity of American culture.”
Editor’s Note: The following piece was chosen as a finalist in NextShark’s personal Essay Contest 2019. The views expressed in story are the writer’s own.
The first time I saw a chess board, I stood — an unsmiling first grader — spellbound by the curious horses and castles that the wizened fifth graders shuffled confidently in my school cafeteria. Beneath the ornate wood surface of those pieces, I discovered a uniquely layered beauty.
Rising chess star Jennifer Yu has just become the first teen to win the United States Women’s Chess Championships in nearly two decades.
The tournament, held in St. Louis from March 18 to April 1, featured 12 of the best female chess players in America.
An Indian chess star has decided to pull out of an international championship event in Iran in protest against having to wear an Islamic headscarf.
Former world junior girls champion Soumya Swaminathan condemned the dress code at the upcoming Asian Nations Chess Cup as a violation of her human rights.
A 12-year-old girl was reportedly forced to withdraw from a local chess tournament in Malaysia after organizers deemed her clothes “improper and had violated the dress code” for the tournament.
The incident, which happened during the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 in the city of in Putrajaya, has sparked outrage on social media after girl’s chess coach Kaushal Khandhar posted about it on Facebook on Thursday.
A top female chess grandmaster from China shocked the local chess community after she intentionally threw a match at a major event last Thursday.
Chinese women’s world champion Hou Yifan reportedly quit a game after just five moves during the final round of the Tradewise Gibraltar tournament. She later said she did it as a form of protest for being continually pitted against other women, the National Post reported.