• So whips US chess champ Kamsky, stays in fourth

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    Despite troubles haunting him, Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So displayed enough firepower in the 10th round of the US Chess Championship on Sunday (Manila time) by winning against GM Gata Kamsky, the five-time champion of this national tournament currently being held in Saint Louis, Missouri.

    The Filipino chess phenom showed indomitable spirit in beating Kamsky, who lost to GM Anatoly Karpov in the 1996 FIDE World Chess Championship, in 56 moves of Queen’s Pawn Opening in spite of round nine controversial loss against GM Varushan Akobian.

    So’s match was forfeited by Chief Arbiter Tony Rich after finding him doing notes on a separate sheet of paper, an act not allowed by FIDE rules.

    With the win against Kamsky, the native of Bacoor City, Cavite province has 5.5 points, good for a fourth place going to the last round today versus the 16-year-old Kayden Troff, five points, who is being tutored by legendary GM Gary Kasparov.

    If So subdues Troff, his best finish is third place in front of leaders Hikaru Nakamura, 7 pts., and GM Ray Robson who has 6.5 points. Nakamura will face GM Alexander Onischuk who is on third place with six points. Robson will test the mettle of GM Timur Gareev who has four points.

    So, so far, has five wins after 10 rounds. He also won against Onischuk, Gareev, GM Samuel Shankland and GM David Narodistky.

    He lost to Robson, GM Samuel Sevian, GM Conrad Holt and the 6-move forfeited match against Akobian.

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