After an upsetting first-round loss, Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So bounced back with a victory over GM Fabiano Caruana in the second round of the 2015 Sparkassen Chess Meeting being held in Dortmund, Germany.
The 21-year-old So needed 69 moves to beat the Italian-American and current No. 2 player in the world.
“I just wanted to play a normal game against a very strong opponent. I didn’t know all the nuances of the opening, but I tried to develop properly. Such games, where you don’t just follow well-trodden theory, are important. I need to gain experience before the World Cup of how to play against such players,” So said on the official website of the tournament.
So, who opened his bid on a sad note following his first-round defeat at the hands of GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu of Germany, is now sharing the second spot with four other GMs with one point.
Joining him in the list are Georg Meier and Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany, and Vladimir Kramnik and Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia.
Nisipeanu grabbed the solo lead with two points while Caruana and Chinese GM Hou Yifan are tied for seventh place with half point each. Nisipeanu defeated Naiditsch in the second round.
In the third round, So battles Naiditsch, Nisipeanu faces Hou, Nepomniachtchi meets Kramnik and Caruana fights Meier.