Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So is in a two-way tie for the lead after two rounds in the 2013, Unive Crown Group being held in Hoogeveen, Netherlands.
So, a gold medalist in the Kazan Summer Universiade, outlasted GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands after 42 moves of Nimzo-Indian in the opening round then split the point with GM Michael Adams of England on 44 moves of Ruy Lopez in the second round.
The 20-year-old So has 1.5 points to share the top spot with GM Robin Van Kampen of the Netherlands. Van Kampen defeated Adams in the first round (51 moves of French, Winawer) and settled to a draw with Van Wely in the next round (25 moves of Sicilian, Kan).
Adams and Van Wely occupy the No. 3 spot with half-point each.
In the third round, So battles Van Kampen while Van Wely takes on Adams.
Meanwhile, Tagaytay and Manila are sharing the top spot with Wuxi-China after the second round of the Asian Cities Chess Championships.
Tagaytay defeated Sharjah-United Arab Emirates, 3.5-0.5, while Manila outclassed Pasay City and Wuxi-China, a 3-1 winner over Baghdad- Iraq in their respective second-round matches.
Tagaytay, Manila and Wuxi-China have perfect scores of four points.
In the first round, Tagaytay nipped Erdenet-Mongolia, 4-0; Manila crushed Bandar Seri Begawan-Brunei, 4-0; and Wuxi-China blasted Abu Dhabi-United Arab Emirates, 4-0.