Dennis J. McGrath

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Twin Cities chess grandmaster has high finish in elite tournament

Twin Cities chess grandmaster Wesley So put his troubles behind him and turned in a very strong performance at an...

Updated: April 26, 2015, - 08:40 PM

Twin Cities grandmaster rebounds, in 1st place at elite chess tournament

Wesley So's three wins and a draw puts him ahead of the current world champion in the tournament in Azerbaijan.

Updated: April 20, 2015, - 09:06 PM

Grandmaster's mother explains why she showed up at chess tournament

Eleanor So writes that she and her family are at the “end of our rope.”

Updated: April 15, 2015, - 07:33 AM

Minnetonka grandmaster finishes third amid memorable first U.S. Championship

Minnetonka grandmaster Wesley So finished just 1.5 points behind the champion.

Updated: April 12, 2015, - 09:31 PM

Family battle turns chess grandmaster into pawn

Surprise encounter with estranged mother began a series of contentious meetings over a handful of days — and as the family drama unfolded, Wesley So unraveled.

Updated: April 12, 2015, - 06:27 AM

After forfeit, grandmaster reveals ambush visit by estranged mom

The U.S. Chess Championship went from bad to horrible for Minnetonka’s Grandmaster Wesley So as he forfeited his game Friday for a rules violation. Behind it is a tale of what has been called an ambush by his estranged mother on the eve of the tournament.

Updated: April 11, 2015, - 10:36 AM

Win keeps Minnetonka chess player's hopes alive

With a win in the seventh round Wednesday, an elite Twin Cities chess player has kept alive his hopes of...

Updated: April 11, 2015, - 08:17 AM

3rd loss crushes So's chances of winning chess title

Grandmaster Wesley So, the No. 8 player in the world, says that his first U.S. Chess Championship tournament is turning out to be one of his worst ever.

Updated: April 11, 2015, - 08:16 AM

Top chess player makes his move – to Minnetonka

Wesley So is a fast-rising grandmaster who ranks No. 8 in the world and is being hailed as a possible world champion. A few months ago, the 21-year-old Filipino surprised chess experts by settling in Minnetonka, far from the world’s premier chess centers.

Updated: April 11, 2015, - 08:16 AM

Minnetonka grandmaster loses for second time at U.S. Chess Championship

With his second loss in his last four games, a Minnetonka grandmaster fell down in the standings as the U.S....

Updated: April 07, 2015, - 06:28 PM

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