So extracts another draw in Netherlands


Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So settled to a draw with GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the fourth round of the 2015 Tata Steel Chess Tournament being held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

So and Caruana split the point after 31 moves of Ruy Lopez opening, Breyer Variation. The Filipino now has 2.5 points on one win and three draws. He defeated defending champion GM Levon Aronian of Armenia in the third round and drew with GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland in the first and reigning world champion GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the second.

The 21-year-old So battles GM Hou Yifan of China in the fifth round before facing 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), GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands (12th round) and GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands (13th round).

So, who won the prestigious 2014 Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas, currently holds the No. 4 spot with Wojtaszek. They are behind tournament leader Ivanchuk who has 3.5 points, and Caruana and Ding, who both scored three points.

At sixth are Giri, Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave and Saric with two points each, while Aronian, Radjabov, Van Wely and Hou are in 10th with one point apiece. Jobava is at the bottom of the standings with 0.5.

The other fourth-round results saw Ivanchuk beating Vachier-Lagrave, Saric whipping Jobava, Carlsen blasting Van Wely and Ding toppling Radjabov. Aronian and Wojtaszek, and Hou and Giri drew their matches.


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