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So battles Jobava to 54-move draw

MANILA, Philippines – Wesley So fought local hero Baadur Jobava to a 54-move standoff of a Reti Opening to end up tied at 1-1 in their fourth-round duel of t.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

So forces draw, heads to tiebreaker

MANILA, Philippines —  Wesley So fought local ace Baadur Jobava to a 54-move standoff in a Reti Opening to end up tied at 1-1 in their Last 16 duel of the FI.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

So draws with Ding in first semis duel

MANILA, Philippines – Grandmaster Wesley So couldn’t find anything out of a slight positional advantage and settled for a fighting 47-move draw of a Giuoco P.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News1 hr. 40 min. ago

Klopp angry as Liverpool eliminated from League Cup

em>By Steve Douglas, Associated Press /em> Liverpool failed to finish off a slew of chances and conceded a sloppy goal in a 2-0 loss at Leicester in the English League Cup, arousing the ire of its frustrated manager Juergen Klopp on Tuesday. It is becoming a familiar narrative for the Reds in a disappointing month when they haven't won any of their four matches. Questions are now being asked the team's efficiency at both ends of the field. Liverpool over-ran Leicester in a dominant first-half display, with Philippe Coutinho orchestrating the attacks from midfield. But the visitors struggled after the Brazil playmaker was substituted at halftime of the third-round match in a pre-planned move from Klopp. In another game-changing substitution, Shinji Okazaki came on in the 53rd minute for Leicester, scored 12 minutes later with a deflected shot after Liverpool's defense was beaten to two headers, and then laid the ball on for Islam Slimani to drive home a stunning second goal at King Power stadium. 'Second ball from a corner and a goal from a throw-in — I'm sick of goals like this, to be honest. Unbelievable,' Klopp said. Referring to the first goal, Klopp added: 'We didn't push up together — I say it one time, I say it a thousand times. It's not nice to concede these goals.' Since beating Arsenal 4-0 in the Premier League before the international break, Liverpool has been thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City and drawn 1-1 at home to Burnley in the league, conceded late to draw 2-2 with Sevilla in the Champions League, and has now been eliminated from the League Cup. Klopp is easing Coutinho back to full match sharpness after the midfielder missed Liverpool's first six games of the season — officially because of injury and illness — while he was the subject of three transfer bids from Barcelona. Leicester couldn't handle Coutinho's passing and movement in the first half, and only came into the game when he was off the field. 'They've got a world-class player in Coutinho,' Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said. 'I was very relieved when he went off.' Liverpool finished the game having had 21 shots, but only three on target. Against Burnley on Saturday, the Reds only scored once from 35 shots. Tottenham was among the other Premier League teams to win on a night when top-flight sides mostly fielded fringe players for what is regarded as the inferior cup competition on the English calendar, compared to the FA Cup. ___ strong>SPURS EDGE THROUGH /strong> In another unconvincing domestic display at its temporary home of Wembley Stadium, Tottenham beat second-tier Barnsley 1-0 thanks to Dele Alli's close-range goal in the 65th minute. Tottenham hasn't won any of its three Premier League games at Wembley this season, but has beaten Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. ___ strong>HODGSON'S FIRST WIN /strong> Crystal Palace scored its first goal since Aug. 22 to earn a 1-0 win over Huddersfield and a first victory under new manager Roy Hodgson. Bakary Sako was the scorer from a corner. Palace has started the Premier League season with five straight losses and no goals, the first time that has happened in the history of England's top flight. Hodgson replaced the fired Frank de Boer last week. Defender Pape Souare came on as a substitute for Palace for his first appearance since breaking his jaw and thigh, and picking up other injuries, in a car crash a year ago. ___ strong>STOKE, BURNLEY ELIMINATED /strong> Stoke lost 2-0 at Bristol City and Burnley was eliminated on penalties by Leeds after a 2-2 draw, as two second-tier League Championship teams got the better of Premier League sides. Bristol City also knocked out a Premier League team in Watford in the second round. Bournemouth, West Ham and Swansea were Premier League teams to advance to Round 4.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News5 hr. 53 min. ago

Rampant Manchester City looking more like a Guardiola team

em>By Sam Johnston, Associated Press /em> LONDON (AP) — Although it's taken a year longer than many expected, Manchester City is finally beginning to resemble a Pep Guardiola-coached team. City remained in rampant form as it ended Watford's unbeaten start to the English Premier League with a resounding 6-0 victory at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Guardiola's side has scored 15 goals in three matches since the international break, following 5-0 and 4-0 wins over Liverpool and Feyernood respectively. City stuttered to a third-place finish in Guardiola's debut season while failing to produce the stylish play of its manager's former sides, but a second straight offseason of significant personnel changes appears to be paying dividends. 'It was so good, especially after an away game in the Champions League,' Guardiola said. 'I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals. We have found our game, we can make short passes, and we have a lot of energy from our full backs.' Sergio Aguero scored a predatory hat trick and laid on an assist for Gabriel Jesus, while Nicolas Otamendi headed in, and Raheem Sterling added a late penalty. The victory took City to the top of the table, but Manchester United can join it on Sunday with a win over Everton. Elsewhere, Liverpool failed to shake off the effects of last week's thrashing by City, letting Burnley leave Anfield with a 1-1 draw. Crystal Palace became the first club in league history to lose its opening five games without scoring. Swansea brought Tottenham back to earth in a scoreless draw at Wembley, three days after Spurs tore apart Borussia Dortmund. Newcastle made it three league wins a row by beating Stoke 3-1, Leicester and Huddersfield drew 1-1, and West Brom and West Ham played out a goalless draw. strong>AGUERO CLOSING IN /strong> Having struggled at times last season, Aguero appears to have been revitalized by his partnership with Jesus and was at his predatory best as he completed the sixth Premier League hat trick of his career. The Argentine forward is just three goals away from breaking Eric Brook's 177-goal record at Man City. 'I am very happy,' Aguero said. 'I am focused on scoring the next goal but what matters is that we won.' strong>NO MANE, MORE PROBLEMS /strong> Philippe Coutinho made his first start of the season for Liverpool after failing to force a summer move to Barcelona, but his return wasn't enough to fill the void left by the suspended Sadio Mane. Liverpool struggled at times last season without Mane and it appears little has changed. Summer recruit Mohamed Salah's tying goal secured a point for the Reds but even he can't match the brilliance of Mane, who is serving a three-match suspension after being sent off against Manchester City last weekend. Burnley has picked up away points at three of last season's top-six teams, beating Chelsea on opening day and drawing against Tottenham at Wembley. strong>ROY'S RETURN /strong> Roy Hodgson's first match in charge of Crystal Palace looked like the team's previous four matches. In a 1-0 loss to Southampton, Steven Davis' early goal proved decisive. Hodgson has been out of management since Euro 2016, where his England side was eliminated by minnows Iceland. Having become the first Premier League manager to be appointed in his 70s, Hodgson went for a return to a traditional four-man defense, but it took Southampton just six minutes to breach it. strong>WEMBLEY CURSE REMAINS /strong> Tottenham is still looking for a first domestic victory of the season at its temporary Wembley Stadium home. Harry Kane struck the crossbar in the second half but Swansea displayed great resilience to hold on for 0-0. Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs have failed to win all three league games at Wembley, where it's playing while White Hart Lane is redeveloped this season. strong>DEFENDER SCORES AGAIN /strong> Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles was an unlikely star for a second straight game as the defender headed home the winner against Stoke after Xherdan Shaqiri cancelled out Christian Atsu's opener. Newcastle beat Stoke 3-1 at St. James' Park. Also, West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry equaled Ryan Giggs' Premier League appearance record in his 632nd game.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

Wesley settles for draw with Georgian ace

MANILA, Philippines — Wesley So failed to hurdle Georgian Baadur Jobava and settled for a draw in the first game of their Final 16 duel in the FIDE World Cup.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2017

Draw puts Wesley to World Cup Final 16

MANILA, Philippines — Wesley So held Francisco Pons to a 29-move draw of a Sicilian to clinch a 1.5-0.5 win and advance to the Final 16 of the 2017 FIDE Worl.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 11th, 2017

So settles for draw vs Spanish foe

MANILA, Philippines – Wesley So settled for a 29-move draw of a Sicilian duel with Spaniard Francisco Vallejo Pons to clinch a 1.5-.5 win and a spot in the F.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 11th, 2017

Still winless, So draws with Dutch

MANILA, Philippines – Wesley So failed in his bid anew to nail his first win as he was held to a 59-move draw by Dutch Anish Giri of an English duel to remai.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2017

Fifth draw slows down So in Norway chess

MANILA, Philippines - Wesley So held former world champion Vishwanathan Anand to a 33-move draw for his fifth standoff in the Norway Chess 2017 in Stavanger.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2017

So plays Russian ex-world champ to 71-move draw

MANILA, Philippines – Wesley So battled former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia to a marathon 71-move draw of a Guioco Piano to remain half a point.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2017

So draws Carlsen in Norway opener

MANILA, Philippines -  Wesley So fought reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen to a 64-move draw in a duel of the world’s top players at the start of the fif.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2017

So, Carlsen battle to 64-move draw

MANILA, Philippines – Wesley So and reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway fought to a marathon 64-move draw of a Guioco Piano in a duel between th.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2017

Sadorra escapes with another draw

MANILA, Philippines - GM Julio Sadorra fought eighth seed GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly of India to a 34-move draw of a Slav Defense in the sixth round of the Asi.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 18th, 2017

Sadorra draws with Kazakh GM

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 rou.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2017

Sadorra forces draw with Chinese GM

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 p.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2017

So bounces back with draw

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.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2017

So stays in title hunt with another draw

MANILA, Philippines - Wesley So battled  five-time champion Gata Kamsky to a 59-move draw in a Queen’s Gambit to remain at the helm with Varuzhan Akobian and.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 9th, 2017

So keeps US chess lead with another draw

MANILA, Philippines -  Wesley So battled four-time champion Hikaru Nakamura to a 30-move draw of a Bogo-Indian duel to remain on top with new co-leader Varuz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 7th, 2017

So plays Nakamura to draw, keeps share of lead

MANILA, Philippines – Wesley So battled four-time champion Hikaru Nakamura to a 30-move draw of a Bogo-Indian duel to remain on top with new co-leader Varuzh.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 7th, 2017

So forces draw, remains on top

MANILA, Philippines -  Wesley So foiled Varuzhan Akobian’s upset bid and escaped with a 45-move draw to keep the lead after six rounds of the US Chess Champi.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 5th, 2017