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Miciano hangs tough in Barcelona chess tourney

FAR Eastern University standout IM John Marvin Miciano agreed to a draw with No. 26 seed Saha Neelash of India in the seventh round to keep his hopes alive in the XX Obert Internacional Sant Marti 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. Miciano, who is hoping to get the most out of….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalJul 20th, 2018

Gonzales hangs tough in Spain

VETERAN GM Jayson Gonzales and WGM Janelle Mae Frayna drew their assignments, while GM Eugene Torre and IM John Marvin Miciano lost their matches on an unfavorable day for the Philippines in the sixth round of the 41 Open International Barbera del Valles 2018 chess championships in Spain. Gonzales, looking….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Miciano hangs tough

CHIANG Mai, Thailand -- National junior champion FM John Marvin Miciano settled for a draw with CM Le Minh Hoang of Vietnam but kept his hold on the lead in the boys 18 years old and under division in the Asian Youth Chess Championships 2018 at the Lotus Pang Suan….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

Miciano loses to Dutch opponent

IM John Marvin Miciano failed to gain any headway against second seed GM Jorden Van Foreest of the Netherlands and lost badly in their fifth-round encounter in the 2018 FIDE World Juniors 20-under chess championships at the Ramada Plaza Istanbul Airport Hotel in Kocaeli-Gebze, Turkey. Finding Van Foreest a tough… Source link link: Miciano loses to Dutch opponent.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Messi scores twice from free kicks in Barca win vs Espanyol

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice from free kicks in a league match for the first time in his career on Saturday, leading Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of Espanyol in the Spanish league. Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez also scored in the Catalan derby for Barcelona, which opened a three-point lead over Sevilla and Atletico Madrid. Sevilla drew 1-1 at Valencia earlier Saturday, while Atletico defeated Alaves 3-0 at home. Fifth-placed Real Madrid visits last-place Huesca on Sunday, only a few hours before River Plate and Boca Juniors meet in the Copa Libertadores final at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The perfectly struck set-piece goals capped another brilliant performance by Messi, who got past defenders with ease and effortlessly put his teammates in a position to score. The first free kick came in the 17th minute from about 25 meters (yards) away. Messi curled a left-footed shot into the top corner, with the ball turning away from the outstretched arm of Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez. The second came in the 65th, with the ball a bit further back and from a slightly different angle. Messi's shot was struck just as perfectly at the first one, curling over the wall and into the top corner. This time, Lopez didn't even get close to making a save. Messi had also set up Dembele's goal in the 26th, sending a well-placed throughball to the French forward. Dembele got rid of a defender with a nice cut-back move before sending a high shot into the far corner. Dembele gave the assist for Suarez's goal just before halftime, with the Uruguayan's shot from a tough angle finding the net after going through the legs of Lopez......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Pacquiao chess tourney gets going Dec. 10

Pacquiao chess tourney gets going Dec. 10.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

Petron, Generika-Ayala dominate rivals

Petron and Generika-Ayala kept their hot streaks going as they crushed their respective foes in the 2018 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at the Caloocan Sports Complex. The Blaze Spikers dominated Cignal HD, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19, while the Lifesavers clobbered Smart, 25-19, 25-12, 25-15. Earlier, Milena Alessandrini scored 24 points while Eya Laure chipped in 19 markers as University of Santo Tomas edged Far Eastern University, 25-16, 13-25, 25-17, 25-15, in the Collegiate Grand Slam. Still, the day belonged to the Lifesavers. Patty Orendain delivered 18 points, 13 digs and 10 excellent receptions as Generika-Ayala captured its third straight win to climb the team standings with a 3-3 win-loss card. Libero Kath Arado said they know Smart is such a veteran and very disciplined team so defeating it in straight set is quite impossible, especially in this tough tourney. “To be honest, we didn’t expect to win in straight sets. We know that Smart is such a strong team with an intact core,” said Arado, the University of the East star who has been consistently manning to floor for the Lifesavers. “But we just did our best and we executed everything we did in practice. Those were the keys that led to this victory.” After barging into the win column via convincing wins over erstwhile leader F2 Logistics and Sta. Lucia, the Lifesavers marched to the warpath oozing with confidence. But after racing to a 16-9 lead in the third set, Aiko Urdas sparked a mini-rally to allow the Giga Hitters to move closer, 12-20, until Orendain restored order and towed the Lifesavers to match point. Skipper Angeli Araneta chipped in eight markers while Ria Meneses had seven points for Generika-Ayala, which displayed tremendous improvement under the mentorship of former Ateneo coach Sherwin Meneses. Grethcel Soltones tallied six points for Smart, which slid to 2-3......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Eala, Zoleta sizzle in Phinma-PSC Int’l Juniors Championships

The Philippines’ most promising tennis talents Alex Eala and Amanda Gabrielle Zoleta barreled through the second round of girls singles Wednesday in the Phinma-PSC International Juniors Championships Week 1 at the Manila Polo Club in Makati. The 14-year-old Eala spearheaded the local girls’ campaign with an easy 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of Hsuan Huang of Chinese Taipei in this tough ITF Grade 4 tournament sponsored by the Philippine Tennis Association, Phinma, Philippine Sports Commission and Tecnifibre. Immediately after, wild card Zoleta stunned Skia Kung of Chinese Taipei, 6-2, 6-2, to book a place in the next round. Their victory followed up the rousing start of the Filipino boys led by last year’s Week 2 champion in singles Arthur Craig Pantino. Seeded second here, Pantino clobbered Japan’s Ryotaro Koshiba, 6-0, 6-2 during Tuesday’s first round in boys singles. Pantino tagged along compatriots Justin Suarez, Matthew Garcia and Aljon Talatayod to the next round of the tourney played on clay indoor courts. Suarez crushed Jerail Yasin of Indonesia, 6-2, 6-2; Garcia defeated Kun Liu of Chinese Taipei, 6-4, 6-2; while Talatayod outlasted Chen Yan-cheng also of Chinese Taipei, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5. Top seed in boys singles, Mann Shah of India also got through, trouble-free, to the second round after a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Japan’s Noritaka Koizumi. Unfortunately, seven other Filipino boys fell on the wayside with Sebastien Lhuillier losing to Jean Marc Malkowski of Switzerland (6-2, 6-1), Loucas Julian Fernandez falling to Lo Yi-jui of Chinese Taipei (2-6, 6-4, 6-2), Marcus de Rosario yielding to Kokoro Isomura of Japan (6-4, 6-3). Jose Antonio Tria also lost to Hungarian fifth seed Zsombor Velcz (6-4, 6-3), Vince EJ Tugade dropped to Thai Patom Hanchaikul (6-2, 6-0), Jude Miguel Hidalgo bowed to Lin Nan-hsun of Chinese Taipei (6-0, 6-0), and Mark Nicole Suson fell to Corban Crowther of New Zealand (6-4, 7-6 (3).  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Revitalized Dortmund brings excitement back to Bundesliga

By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — A draw with Hertha Berlin may have come at just the right time for Borussia Dortmund. The team had failed to score four or more goals in only one of its previous six games — a 3-0 win over Monaco — and had taken a three-point lead in the Bundesliga after playing some outstanding football. Suddenly, after years of Bayern Munich dominance, Dortmund was helping to make German soccer exciting again. Lucien Favre's side was drawing comparisons with Juergen Klopp's team of Bundesliga winners in 2011 that followed up with a league and cup double the next year. The current team, like Klopp's, is young, hard-working, fast and skilled, brimming with confidence after a series of eye-catching wins. Dortmund's 4-0 victory over a tough Atletico Madrid team on Wednesday captured widespread attention. Even Diego Simeone was impressed despite his heaviest defeat since he took over in December 2011. "They are doing very well at the moment, it is very nice to watch," the Atletico coach said of Dortmund. "I hope they keep playing like that." Klopp, now in charge of Liverpool, sent his congratulations from England. It was all too much for Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc. "Enough praise, that's it," Zorc said last week. "There's no reason to get carried away with celebrations." Hertha put the brakes on any lingering euphoria on Saturday when Salomon Kalou scored a penalty in injury time to snatch a 2-2 draw for the visitors as Dortmund let a seventh straight victory slip away. While Dortmund remains the only unbeaten team in the Bundesliga, the draw provides a reality check. After routing Nuremberg 7-0 on Sept. 26, Dortmund fell two goals behind Bayer Leverkusen in its next match before it turned the game around to win 4-2. Marco Reus said he noticed his teammates weren't as focused as they should have been. Reus has grown into his role as captain. The Germany forward, now 29, is one of the senior figures in a squad stocked with youth. The 18-year-old Jadon Sancho became Dortmund's youngest player to score two goals in a Bundesliga game on Saturday. Apart from conceding the penalty, the 19-year-old Dan-Axel Zagadou has been impressive in defense. Fellow defender Achraf Hakimi shone with three assists against Atletico. The 19-year-old, on loan from Real Madrid, has been involved in eight goals in his last six competitive games. Jacob Bruun Larsen has also been impressive since returning from a loan spell at Stuttgart. The 20-year-old Danish midfielder has three goals and three assists, while 22-year-old Christian Pulisic already feels like a veteran in his third full season at the club. "The mix makes it work," said Zorc, whose offseason transfer dealings have balanced youth with experience. Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, 29, has settled in perfectly since his arrival from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, helped by 27-year-old Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney, who joined from Werder Bremen. Dortmund has also been boosted by Paco Alcacer since his arrival on loan from Barcelona. He has scored on average every 18 minutes, with seven goals in four appearances. Meanwhile, Dortmund quietly allowed players like Nuri Sahin, Andre Schuerrle, Erik Durm, Andrey Yarmolenko, Gonzalo Castro and Sokratis to leave. Perhaps Zorc's biggest coup was getting Favre to join. Dortmund wanted the former Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha coach the previous year, but French side Nice didn't let him go. The tactically astute Favre has restored some defensive stability to a lineup that appeared brittle and prone to collapse last season. Dortmund allowed rival Schalke to come from four goals down to draw 4-4 in the Ruhr derby. It's hard to imagine Favre's side doing the same. Apart from not taking chances on Saturday, Dortmund seems to be scoring goals for fun. Before the Hertha game, Dortmund clocked up 37 goals and conceded just nine in 12 competitive games. It won 10 of those and lost none. Raphael Guerreiro scored two goals against Atletico after coming on as a substitute, continuing Favre's golden touch with changes. Altogether, Favre's substitutions have contributed 16 goals so far. The Swiss coach also appears to be bringing Mario Goetze back to his old self after difficult times for the 2014 World Cup winner. Goetze was critical after the draw with Hertha, upset about "two lost points." Favre was taking a more balanced approach, though, saying "that's football.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 29th, 2018

Men’s chess team trips Zambia, lands in top 20

International Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia saved the day for the Philippines, which edged a surprisingly tough Zambia, 2.5-1.5, to barge into the top 20 after nine rounds of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia Wednesday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Georgia drops Philippine chessers to joint 24th

The Philippine women’s team ran into the tough Georgia second team, and absorbed a 1-3 defeat to slip outside the top 20 after seven rounds of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia Monday night. Source link link: Georgia drops Philippine chessers to joint 24th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Georgia drops Philippine chessers to joint 24th

The Philippine women’s team ran into the tough Georgia second team, and absorbed a 1-3 defeat to slip outside the top 20 after seven rounds of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia Monday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

PH men s team scrambles to defeat Albania in Batumi Chess Olympiad

MANILA, Philippines – The men's squad squeezed out victory from a surprisingly tough Albanian squad in the 7th round of the 43rd Batumi Chess Olympiad on Monday, October 1, while the Philippine women's team fell from their lofty perch in Georgia. Host Georgia's second team avenged the loss of their compatriots two ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Pinays vow tough stand against No.15 Spaniards

The Philippine women’s team hopes to build on its strong start in the first five rounds of the World Chess Olympiad although it faces its toughest test thus far against No. 15 Spain at the resumption of hostilities in Batumi, Georgia tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Junior Altas rules NCAA chess tourney

Junior Altas rules NCAA chess tourney.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Miciano Doroy vying in Turkey

TWO of the country’s brightest young players — IM John Marvin Miciano and WFM Allaney Jia Doroy – get a chance of a lifetime when they participate in the 2018 FIDE World Juniors and Girls 20-under chess championships scheduled Sept. 6-16 in Gebze, Turkey. Venue is the Ramada Plaza Istanbul… Source link link: Miciano Doroy vying in Turkey.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Miciano Doroy vying in Turkey

TWO of the country’s brightest young players — IM John Marvin Miciano and WFM Allaney Jia Doroy – get a chance of a lifetime when they participate in the 2018 FIDE World Juniors and Girls 20-under chess championships scheduled Sept. 6-16 in Gebze, Turkey. Venue is the Ramada Plaza Istanbul….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Federer wins, Serena loses in Cincy tourney

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Roger Federer made a successful return to the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday. The day wasn't so great for Serena Williams. Federer advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Peter Gojowczyk, and Williams was eliminated by eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 second-round loss. Federer and Williams were making their first appearance at the tournament since they each won the title in 2015. Williams opened with a straight-set victory against Daria Gavrilova. After a first-round bye, Federer extended his Cincinnati winning streak to 11 matches since losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2013 quarterfinals. "It doesn't feel like I have been away for so long here from Cincinnati," Federer said. "I guess the wheel keeps turning. It's not like I missed two years of tennis. It was a great pleasure to be back." The second-seeded Federer, refreshed from a month off after losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, became the tournament favorite when Nadal withdrew on Sunday night. Williams also was knocked out in her last tournament at San Jose two weeks ago after reaching the Wimbledon final. Cincinnati was her fifth tournament since she had a baby last September. She has dealt with blood clots and recently said she has been struggling with postpartum emotions. "You know, this is a long comeback," she said. "I just began. I just started — definitely at the very, very beginning. I'm getting there, and I'm going to just continue to work hard, and hopefully, I'll start winning more matches." Karolina Pliskova and Nick Kyrgios also advanced Tuesday in early tournament action. Pliskova moved into the second round by snapping a seven-match losing streak against Agnieszka Radwanska with a 6-3, 6-3 win. "It means a lot because it was against her, and, like, you know, I never beat her," Pliskova said. "We played so many times. I think I always played her at her best level the matches before, so it was always tough." Kyrgios, a finalist last year in Cincinnati, overcame physical problems to fight off qualifier Denis Kudla for a 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (9) victory. "This year has been tough," Kyrgios said. "I started the year very well. Then, obviously, I hurt my elbow. Then I had an ongoing hip injury. We have been definitely thinking about the options with my hip. You know, there is only so much you can do before you have to, you know, I guess, get surgery or something like that. You know, right now I'm just managing it." No. 11 seed David Goffin advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Leonardo Mayer became the first player to reach the third round on the men's side with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over 16th-seeded Lucas Pouille. Denis Shapovalov also reached the third round with an upset, knocking off 14th-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4, 7-5. Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung won the last five games to beat Jack Sock 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Sock has lost eight straight matches since winning in Rome on May 13. Two-time Cincinnati semifinalist Milos Raonic advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over qualifier Dusan Lajovic. Robin Haase also made it to the second round, defeating Filip Krajinovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina was tested by wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova before reaching the third round with a gritty 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 win. Sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia also reached the third round with a 6-4, 6-5 win over wild card Victoria Azarenka, but 12th-seeded Daria Kasatkina suffered a first-round upset at the hands of qualifier Petra Martic, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Elise Mertens scored a 6-4, 6-2 first-round win over Magdalena Rybarikova. Ashleigh Barty stopped wild card Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5. Maria Sakkari upset Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 7-6 (8). Ekaterina Makarova cruised past qualifier Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-2......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Fighting finish

SIX wins, one draw and two losses. That’s the record of IM John Marvin Miciano at the close of the 22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Chess Championship in Vlissingen, Netherlands. Not bad, after all. Miciano, ever so eager to make his mark in the world chess stage, battled to a fighting draw….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Vengeful win by MIciano

DAVAO pride IM John Marvin Miciano struggled long and hard before beating WFM Sonja Maria Bluhm of Germany in marathon 95 moves in the eighth and penultimate round in the 22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Chess Championship in Vlissingen, Netherlands. Stung by back-to-back losses in the sixth and seventh round, Miciano played….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Miciano back in top 10

International Master John Marvin Miciano trounced Woman FIDE Master Sonja Maria Bluhm of Germany to reclaim a place inside the top 10 after the eighth and penultimate round of the 22nd Hogeschool Zeeland chess tournament in Vlissingen, the Netherlands Friday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018