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Emil Guillermo: After disastrous U.S. Chess Championships, Wesley So rebounds in Azerbaijan tourney.

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Last week, Wesley So (right) lost to three lesser players, including his old college roommate Ray Robson, who went on to edge past Wesley for overall 2nd place in the tournament.

But that was in St. Louis.

Since then, So has gone to the other side of the world, to Azerbaijan, where he is playing like his old self.

After two matches, Wesley So seems to have regained confidence and form with dominant play, winning one and drawing one, at the Gashimov Memorial tournament in Azerbaijan.

On Saturday, So  drew his match with co-leader Vladmir Kramnik to  continue to share the top spot in the tournament.

So opened Friday night with a crushing defeat of Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri  in just 32 moves.

So, a Filipino playing as an American, disappointed last week when he failed to challenge Hikaru Nakamura for the No.1 spot in the U.S.

Personal issues between So’s biological mom and the family  with whom he stays in the U.S., led to bitter arguments during that tournament. Some believe that had an affect on So’s play.

So was ranked 8th in the world during the U.S. tournament.

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Emil Guillermo: The new Asian American Identity– Just American, please?

 

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Recently, I asked some young Asian Americans how they liked to identify.

I was surprised.

They didn’t say  “Asian American.”

Now I understand a Samoan saying , “Poly,” or “Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander.”

But these were two people in their ’20s, of Japanese and Chinese descent. Old school.

And they didn’t say,” Asian American.” Read my column here.

Names evolve. Now we have Asian Pacific American, Asian American Pacific Islander, Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander.  It’s always about inclusion, right. Not about bringing poetry to bureaucracy.

But there’s something to be said for how a phrase ages in time.

I don’t know the exact reason why the NAACP doesn’t say change the “cp” part of its name to make it  more “PC.”

Who says “colored people,,” except for racists, right?

But I imagine they kept the phrase because of the history of the term. It’s a phrase that proudly shows its age. And shows what’s been overcome.

Asian American is the seed, not just our root phrase.  From it, the community has expanded to include all different Asian and Pacific Islander ethnicities.

There’s still good reason to hoist it as a unifying banner. There’s history.

And it shows how far we’ve come.

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Linceblog: Drastic times call for drastic Mohawk Pompadour look. Let the winning begin!

Tim Lincecum has revealed a new hairstyle, a kind of Mohawk Pompadour look.

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The picture was tweeted out by AP baseball writer Janie McCauley.

When I’ve interviewed Lincecum in the past, he always said he didn’t believe in any baseball superstitions, preferring to keep things focused on what happens on the field.

So I doubt he did it to help change the mojo of the team.

But after seven straight losses, any kind of change at this point couldn’t hurt.

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Emil Guillermo: The top three chess players in the U.S. are Asian American. How did that happen?

The U.S. Chess Championships ended this week when  Hikaru Nakamura was crowned the winner of the tournament and the nation’s undisputed No.1.

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But the key match in the whole thing turns out to be the one between Ray Robson and  Wesley So, two former roommates at Webster University in St.Louis.

The much higher-rated So lost to Robson, who told me later he was surprised that So made three bad moves. The blunders gave Robson an advantage to win the match and second place. So placed  third.

And the much anticipated showdown between Nakamura and So never happened.

Was So distracted and by what?  See my story.

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