The Endgame in Manila

The game of chess has hundreds of openings and variations but one of the most intriguing, because of the potential exciting exchanges in the middle of the chess board, is the Queen’s Gambit. This chess opening was first recorded in 1490. It is a bold opening by the white pieces that is either accepted or declined by the opposing black pieces but still will evolve into a battle of who controls the middle. In orchestrating the impeachment case against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III is challenging the chief magistrate to a showdown at the core of Philippine politics.

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