Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So joined two other players in fourth place after sixth round of the 9th Bilbao Chess Masters Final being held in Bilbao, Spain.
The 22-year-old So has so far earned five points to keep his title-retention bid alive in the six-player, 10-round tournament.
Also with five points are GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands and GM Sergey Karjakin of Russia.
Reigning world champion GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway holds in the solo lead with 11 points while GM Hikaru Nakamura of US occupies the second spot with eight points and GM Wei Yi of China stays in third with seven points.
So opened the tournament with a draw against Karjakin in the first round then scored another draw with Nakamura in the second and Giri in the third.
Carlsen handed So’s first loss in the fourth round before the Filipino woodpusher nailed a couple of draws in the fifth round against Wei and in the sixth against Karjakin.
The organizers award three points for each win and one point for a draw in the double-round robin tournament.
So will be facing Nakamura in the seventh round followed by matches against Giri (eighth), Wei (ninth) and Carlsen (10th).