So absorbs loss from Russian GM


FILIPINO Grandmaster Wesley So lost to Grandmaster Evgeny Tomashevsky in their first game on Wednesday in the 2013 World Chess Cup being held at the Scandic Hotel in Tromso, Norway. The Russian won in 51 moves of Grunfeld Defense, Prins Variation, Grunfeld using the disadvantageous black pieces

A win by the No. 33 So (ELO 2708) against the Russian No. 32 seed Tomashevsky in their second game on Thursday (Friday in Manila) will force a rapid playoff on Saturday.

So earlier beat GM Alexander Ipatov of Turkey, 1.5-0.5, to enter the second round.

So’s compatriots 100th seed GM Oliver Barbosa (ELO 2572) and 110th seed GM Mark Paragua (ELO 2545) have already bowed out of contention in the 128-player knockout system style event organized by FIDE (World Chess Federation) on Monday.

Barbosa lost to 29th seed GM Le Quang Liem (ELO 2712) of Vietnam and Paragua was beaten by 28th seed GM Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia (ELO 2724) in their two-game standard play with a similar 0-2 score.


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