So elicits draw from champion Carlsen


Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So drew his second-round match to stay in a share of fourth place in the 2015 Tata Steel Chess Tournament being held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

The 21-year-old So split the point with top seed and reigning world champion GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway to improve his score to 1.0 point. So also agreed to a draw in the first round against GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland.

In the third round, the Filipino wizard will be battling defending champion GM Levon Aronian of Armenia. After meeting Aronian, So faces GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy (fourth round), GM Hou Yifan of China (fifth round), GM Baadur Jobava of Georgia (sixth round), GM Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan (seventh round), GM Vasil Ivanchuk of Ukraine (eighth round), GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France (ninth round), GM Ding Liren of China (10th round), GM Ivan Saric of Croatia (11th round), 2014 runner-up GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands (12th round) and GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands (13th round).

In the other second-round games, Caruana toppled Saric and Ding overpowered Hou while Aronian and Giri, Jobav and Vachier-Lagrave, Radjabov and Ivanchuk, and Van Wely and Wojtaszek agreed to a draw in their respective matches.

Caruana holds the top spot with two points while Ivanchuk and Vachier-Lagrave are sharing the second place with 1.5 each.

Joining So in the No. 4 position are Radjabov, Van Wely, Carlen Wojtaszek, Giri, Ding and Aronian with 1.0 point each.

Jobava, Saric and Hou occupy the lower part of the standings with 0.5 apiece.


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