• So faces Cuban in sixth round

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    If Grandmaster Wesley So will at least notch a win and draw the rest of his games, he will slowly attain his goal of improving his Elo rating and join the top 15 chess players in the world today.

    After two wins and three draws at the ongoing 49th Capablanca Elite Memorial tournament being held in Cuba, So ratings surged to 2740.2, which ranks him number 19 in the Live Chess Ratings of the Top Chess Players in the world.

    No less than GM Susan Polgar, his coach at Webster University where he is now a sophomore majoring in Finance, was elated with her student. “He is about 3 points away from top 15 in the world,” Polgar Tweeted.

    So is holding the driver’s seat with 3 points going to the second part of the six-man double round robin.

    The Filipino chess phenomenon has 3.5 points on two wins and three draws. He won against Spaniard Francisco Vellejo Pons and Hungarian Zoltan Almasi.

    In round 6 today, he will face once more Lazaro Batista Bruzon of Cuba, before taking on Vallejo Pons on Thursday, Leiner Do–minguez Perez of Cuba on Friday, Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine on Sunday, before squaring it once again with Almasi.

    This is the first time for So to join Capablanca Memorial. His five current opponents were all previous winners of the tournament being held in honor of Cuban legendary chessmaster Jose Raul Capablanca who was world champion from 1921 to 1927.

    Capablanca was known in chess community as a Human Chess Machine for his quick but accurate moves.

    Games start at 3 p.m., Cuba time, or 3 a.m. Philippine time. Philippine time is 12 hours ahead.

    If So will continue his good performance, he might be able to overtake Ivanchuk in the live rating. Ivanchuk has now 2740.4 or number 18 in the Live Chess Rating.

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