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Next to basketball and boxing, chess is the third most popular sport in the Philippine if ever be considered a sport. But chess is weakening because the first Asia's Grandmaster Eugene Torre is no longer that active, and the country's best player, Wesley So, who is in the world's top 20, now plays for the United States. So may be known across the world, and considered extremely good, but his talent has not conquered Filipino International Master Kim Steven Yap, who has beaten So in their three personal matches. Yap, the lone Filipino participant in the just concluded Australian Chess Open, did not fare well but he is happy as this is the start for his campaign to become a grandmaster.