So at No.4 after eight rounds

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Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So settled for another draw in the eighth round to stay in fourth place of the 2017 Norway Chess Championship on Friday at the

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Stavanger Concert Hall in Stavanger-region, Norway.

So, who represents the United States Chess Federation in international competitions, split the point with GM Hikaru Nakamura of US – his eighth consecutive draw in the tournament.

He earlier drew with world champion GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the opening round, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France in the second round, GM Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the third round, GM Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the fourth round, GM Viswanathan Anand of India in the fifth round, GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands in the sixth round and GM Fabiano Caruana of US in the seventh round.

So hopes to deliver an important final round victory against GM Levon Aronian of Armenia to improve his ranking.

Aronian is leading with 5.5 points while Nakamura is in second with five points and Giri in third with 4.5 points.

So is sharing the fourth spot with Kramnik with identical four points while Anand, Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave and Carlsen are in sixth with 3.5 points each.

Karjakin is at the bottom with three points.

The tournament has a total prize fund of 249,000 Euros.

The champion gets 70,000 Euros, the runner-up has 40,000 Euros and the third-placer receives 25,000 Euros.

EMIL C. NOGUERA

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