Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So kept his title-retention bid alive with 5.5 points after seventh round in the prestigious 2015 Millionaire Chess Open being held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 22-year-old So scored five wins and one draw, good enough to take the fourth place. He is half a point behind tournament leaders GM Yu Yangyi of China, GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam and GM Aleksandr Lenderman of US with six points each.
So outclassed GM Alonso Zapata of Colombia in the second round, GM Axel Rombaldoni of Italy in the third round, GM Kayden Troff of US in the fifth round and GM Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez Isan of Cuba in the sixth round, then split the point with Liem in the seventh round.
He absorbed his lone defeat at the hands of Vasif Durarbayli of Azerbaijan in the fourth round in the $264,000 tournament which offers a whopping $100,000 to the champion, $50,000 to the runner-up and $25,000 to the third placer.
Also with 5.5 points are GMs Hikaru Nakamura of Japan, Luke McShane of England, Evgeny Bareev of Canada, Alexandr Shimanov of Russia, Sergei Azarov of Belarus, Gil Popilski of Israel, Gata Kamsky of US, Fabiano Caruana of US and Gregory Kaidanov of US.