So beats Almasi, leads Capablanca Memorial

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The Philippines’ sole super Grandmaster Wesley So defeated Zoltan Almasi of Hungary in 48 moves of French Defense Winawer Variation to take the solo lead at the half of the six-man Capablanca Elite Memorial tournament currently being held in Havana, Cuba.

So has now 3.5 points on two wins and three draws.

With 3 points is Leiner Dominguez Perez of Cuba who drew his game against compatriot Lazaro Batista Bruzon.

Zoltan and Bruzon are tied with 2.5 points.


Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine lost to Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain.

Pons has 2 points, while Ivanchuk has 1.5 points.

Before the start of round 5, So and Almasi are tied for first.

So sacrificed his Queen on the 42nd move to keep his pawn on d7. Almasi launched successive checks, using his Queen, but he lost momentum, forcing him to resign upon realizing that the Filipino would be able to place his King on safer side, and on the verge of launching a counter attack.

So will next face Bruzon to whom he halved the point on their first encounter.

The tournament is the 49th edition of the chess tournament in honor of legendary Cuban chess master Jose Raul Capablanca.

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