Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So has widened his lead in the Elite Group of the Capablanca Memorial in Havana, Cuba after eight rounds.
So, handling white pieces, defeated top seed Leinier Perez Dominguez of Cuba in 64 moves of Sicilian Defense, Najdorf variation. He now has 5.5 points going into the last two rounds while Dominguez has four points.
So just need to elicit draws in the last two rounds to win the championship.
So will face Vassily Ivanchuk in the ninth round. The Filipino won over the Ukrainian in the first half of the double-round robin tournament being held in the memory of legendary Cuban chess player Jose Raul Capablanca.
In the other matches, Grandmaster Lazaro Batista Bruzon of Cuba won against Grandmaster Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain. The Cuban has collected 4.5 points, while the Spaniard has 3.5 points.
The game between Ivanchuk and Zoltan Almasi of Hungary ended in a draw. The Hungarian has 3.5 points, while Ivanchuk has 3 points.