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Remember when “change is coming” was president Barack Obama’s battle cry during his presidency? Here, in our corner of the world, the country, like so many other places, it took COVID-19 to lead us to change. The more than 100 days...

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Wesley So advances to chess quarterfinals 

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Filipino-American Wesley So is set to face long-time rival Magnus Carlsen in the quarterfinals of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge.

The two placed fourth and fifth, respectively, after the round robin preliminaries. Both secured six points in 11 matches.

Hikaru Nakamura of the United States, who took the top spot with 7.5 points, will face eighth-ranked Levon Aronian of Armenia.

The other two matches will be duels between compatriots: Yu Yangyi and Ding Liren of China and Daniil Dubov and Sergey Karjakin of Russia will battle for semis slots. 

The quarters, which will be a best-of-three series, begins on Saturday. 

In the preliminaries, So opened with a pair of wins against Chinese grandmasters Yu and Wei Yi. He drew in eight matches and dropped only one match against Dubov. 

Last year, the Filipino-American upset Carlsen to claim the title in the World Fischer Random Chess Championship.

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