Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So drew his fifth-round game with Chinese GM Zhou Jianchao to stay in contention in the 27th Summer Universiade chess competitions in Kazan, Russia.
So raised his score to four points on three wins and two draws after five rounds. He defeated GM Andrey Baryshpolets of Ukraine after 66 moves of Slav defense in the fourth round.
The other fifth-round games were still playing as of press time.
Host Russia is pulling away in the medal tally with 72 gold, 35 silver and 31 bronze medals while Japan is in second with 12 golds, 13 silvers and 17 bronzes followed by South Korea with 12 golds, six silvers and eight bronzes, China with Nine golds, 15 silvers and six bronzes, and Ukraine with seven golds, 15 silvers and 19 bronzes.
Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 6 South Africa with 6-3-2, No. 7 USA with 4-3-4, No. 8 France with 3-4-7, No. 9 Germany with 3-4-5 and No. 10 Belarus with 3-4-3. EMIL C. NOGUERA