So settles for runner-up finish in Edmonton


Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So settled for a runner-up finish in the 9th edition of the Edmonton Chess Festival in Edmonton, Canada, despite winning his ninth and last match.

So made a short work of FM Dale Haessel of Canada in just 24 moves of a Gruenfeld Defense, but it was not enough to edge out GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine who defeated GM Samuel Shankland of US in 35 moves of a King’s Indian.

Ivanchuk took the crown, finishing with 8 points, from 7 wins and two draws. So had 7.5 points from 6 wins and 3 draws.

Tied for third place with 5.5 points were Shankland and GM Anton Kovalyov who won against his compatriot IM Raja Panjwani in 35 moves of a Queen’s Indian Petrosian.

Ending with 4 points, sharing the fourth place, were GM Irina Krush of US and IM Richard Wang of Canada. Krush halved the point with FM Vladimir Pechenkin of Canada in 40 moves of a Reti. Wang overpowered his fellow Canadian FM-elect Alex Yam in 23 moves of a French Winaway.

So was leading after six rounds on five wins and a single draw against Ivanchuk. He was then half a point ahead of the Ukrainian.

But the Filipino drew two consecutive games, against Pechenkin and Krush, while Ivanchuk won over Haessel and Wang.


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