Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So resumes his bid when he faces defending champion GM Hikaru Nakamura in the sixth round of the 2016 US Chess Championship being held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in Missouri, US.
“Almost half way through this event and I want to take a moment to praise God for the good results so far. To win or draw against any one of them is huge. Hope to continue playing well,” said the 22-year-old Filipino GM who now represents the United States Chess Federation.
The third-seeded So has so far earned four points to join GM Fabiano Caruana on top of the standings.
He is coming off a huge win against GM Varuzhan Akobian in the fifth round of the tournament that employed a one-day break on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
So also scored victories over GM Gata Kamsky in the first round and International Master Akshat Chandra in the second round then drew his third-round game with Caruana and fourth-round match with GM Samuel Shankland.
After Nakamura, So will be meeting GM Alexander Shabalov in the seventh round, GM Alexander Onischuk in the eighth, GM Jeffery Xiong in the ninth, GM Ray Robson in the 10th and GM Aleksandr Lenderman in the final round.
The tournament has allotted a whopping $174,000 prize fund with the winner getting $50,000 and the runner-up receiving $35,000.