Grandmaster Wesley So beat his fifth round opponent FM Alex Yam of Canada to share the lead with GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the continuation of the 9th Edmonton Chess Festival in Edmonton, Canada.
So defeated Yam in 43 moves of Caro Kann Panov. So and Ivanchuk now have 4.5 points each, while Yam has yet to taste a win or even a draw.
With the trouncing of Yam, So has breached the 2750 level, catapulting him to number 14 in the live rankings with a total of 2750.5. So far, So has earned +6.5 points here in Edmonton. The Filipino is aiming to land in the top ten chess players in the world.
Ivanchuk crushed FM Vladimir Pechenkin of Canada in 34 moves of French Classical. Pechenkin has 1.5 points.
American GM Irina Krush suffered a defeat from the hands of IM Raja Panjawani of Canada in 31 moves of Queen’s Pawn opening. Panjawani has 3 points, while Krush remains at 2.5 points.
But the most impressive feat so far was when in just 11 moves, American GM Samuel Shankland crushed FM Dale Haessel of Canada via English Symmetry opening. Shankland now has 3.5 points, while Haessel has zero point.
GM Anton Kovalyov overpowered his fellow Canadian IM Richard Wang in 66 moves of Queen’s Indian. Kavalyov has 3.5 points, while has 2 points.
In the sixth round, So will face Kovolyov, while Ivanchuk will face Irina Krush.
The other pairings are Pechenkin vs. Yam, Haessel vs. Panjwani, and Wang vs. Shankland.