So finishes 7th in Paris Grand Chess Tour


Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So finished seventh in the 2017 Paris Grand Chess Tour blitz competition held at the Canal Factory Les Studios de Boulogne in Paris, France.

So, who represents the United States Chess Federation in international tournaments, collected 15 points in the one-round rapid, two-round blitz competition.

He scored 4.5 points in rapid built on two wins, five draws and two losses.

The 23-year-old Cavite City pride defeated GM Fabiano Caruana of US in the first round and GM Etienne Bacrot of France in the second round then agreed to a draw with GM Alexander Grischuk of Russia in the third round, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France in the fifth, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the sixth, GM Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the seventh and 2016 champion GM Hikaru Nakamura of US in the eighth.

So’s defeats was handed by world champion GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the fourth round and GM Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the final round.

In blitz, So posted a poor four-win, four-draw, 10-loss in 18 games.

Carlsen and Vachier-Lagrave shared the top spot with 24 points each.

But Carlsen bagged the crown after beating Vachier-Lagrave in the playoff round via a 1.5 decision.

Carlsen earned the $37,500 top purse while Vachier-Lagrave pocketed the $30,000 consolation prize.

Nakamura wound up third with 23 points followed by Grischuk (22 points), Mamedyarov (20 points), Karjakin (18 points), So (15 points), Caruana (14 points), Topalov (11.5 points) and Bacrot (8.5 points).


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