GM So rules Open Section of North American Open

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Wesley So Contributed photo

Wesley So Contributed photo

Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So topped the Open Section of the 24th Annual North American Open on Wednesday at the Bally’s Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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So outclassed GM Tsegme Batchuluun of Mongolia in the final round to claim his fourth title in 2014 and first as member of the United States Chess Fedration (USCF).

He pocketed the $9,713  top purse.

The 21-year-old So earned a total of eight points on seven wins and a couple of draw.

GMs Bu Xiangzhi of China, and USCF’s Julio Becerra, Alex Yermolinsky and GM Vladimir Georgiev are in a four-way tie for second with 6.5 points each.

They got $2,314 cash prize apiece.

So defeated FIDE Master Ali Morshedi of USCF in the first round, International Master (IM) John Daniel Bryant of USCF in the second round, International Master (IM) Roman Yankovsky of Russia in the third round, GM Alex Yermolinsky  of USCF in the fourth round, GM Sergey Erenburg of USCF    in the fifth round and GM  Zhou Jianchao of China in the sixth round.

He drew with Bu in the seventh round and Becerra in the eighth round.

In 2014, So ruled the Capblanca Memorial in Cuba in May, ACP Golden Classic in Italy in July and the Millionaire Chess Cup in Las Vegas in October.

So shifts his sights on the 2015 Tata Steel Chess Tournament scheduled on January 9 to 25 in three different venues— Wijk aan Zee, Rotterdam and The Hague.

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