Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So is sharing the top spot with two other players after five rounds in the Las Vegas International Chess Festival 2013 being held at the Riviera Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
So outclassed GM Tamaz Gelashvili of Georgia in the fifth round to raise his score to 4.5 points, the same score as that of GMs Alejandro Ramirez of Costa Rica and Manuel Leon Hoyos of Mexico.
Ramirez nipped GM Ruben Felgaer of Argentina while Hoyos beat defending champion GM Aleksandr Lenderman of US in their respective fifth-round matches.
Another Filipino, GM Enrico Sevillano is in a group of four-pointers along with Gelashvili, GM Ray Robson of US, GM Jaan Ehlvest of Estonia, GM Varuzhan Akobian of Armenia and GM Victor Mikhalevski of Israel.
Sevillano thumped American GM Conrad Holt.
Meanwhile, International Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia and National Master Alcon John Datu are in a three-way tie for the lead with 2.5 points in the Open Under-20 division standard chess of the 2013 Asean Age Group Chess Championships in Thailand.
Garcia and Datu drew in the third round to join FIDE Master Nguyen Van Hai of Vietnam who also has a score of 2.5 points. Nguyen defeated Tan Weiliang of Singapore.
Woman International Master (WIM) Janelle Mae Frayna and Vietnamese WIMs Hoang Thi Nhu and Vo Thi Kim Phung area leading the girls’ Under-20 class with 2.5 points each.
Frayna split the point with Hoang while Vo beat Vietnam’s Doan Thi Van Anh.
Emil C. Noguera