Grandmaster Wesley So posted his second win in the second round of 9th Edmonton Chess Festival International Tournament after defeating American GM Samuel Sankland in 36 moves of King’s Indian on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
So now has two wins together with GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine who beat GM Anton Kovalyov of Ontario in 35 moves of Gruenfeld Russian.
So and Ivanchuk now have two points after two rounds in the 10-man single round robin tournament.
American female GM Irina Krush subdued FM Dale Haessel of Calgary in 31 moves of English Symmetrical. Krush has now 1.5 points together with FM Vladimir Pechenkin of Edmonton who drew his tussle with 15-year-old IM Richard Wang, considered as Canada’s most promising woodpusher. Wang has .5 point, while Hassel has no point yet together with IM Raja Panjawani who absorbed his second defeat from FM-elect Alex Yam of Calgary. Yam has 1 point going to the third round.
So, handling black pieces will face Panjwain in the third round, while Ivanchuk will test the mettle of Yam. Krush goes against youngter Wang. The other pairings are Haesel vs. Kovalyov, and Shankland vs. Pechenkin.
After two wins, So earned +4.4 points in Elo live ratings, strengthening his hold to No. 15 in world chess ranking.