Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So scored two wins and a draw after three rounds of the prestigious 27th Summer Universiade chess competitions in Kazan, Russia.
So, who will be seeing action in the 2013 World Chess Cup later this year, outclassed Nikita Meskovs of Latvia in the first round and Marian Jurcik of Slovakia in the second before halving the point with GM Jacek Tomczak of Poland in the third.
With 2.5 points, So is in a 12-way tie for No. 3 behind GMs Vladimir Onischuk of Ukraine and Li Chao of China, who are sharing the lead with three points each.
In the tie with So are GMs Andrey Baryshpolets and Martyn Kravtsiv of Ukraine, Robert Hovhannisyan and Zaven Andriasian of Armenia, Ma Qun and Zhou Jianchao of China, Krzysztand Bulski and Wojciech Moranda of Poland, and International Masters Gaioz Nigalidze of Georgia and Maksat Atabayev of Turkmenistan.
In the fourth round, So will go up against Baryshpolets, who also drew his third-round match with Moranda.
EMIL C. NOGUERA