With one round more to go, Wesley So has already sealed the championship in the second edition of the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) Golden Classic in Bergamo, Italy.
The Filipino was leading the seven-player single round robin tournament with 4 points after six rounds. The only opponent who had the chance to catch up with him was GM Zoltan Almasi of Hungary who was scheduled to complete his two adjourned matches last Saturday.
Almasi, however, lost his adjourned match with GM Baadur Jobava of Gorgia in 57 moves of a Giuco Piano. He eked out a draw in his other adjourned match against Israeli GM Emil Sutovsky in 41 moves of a Ruy Lopez Berlin.
The seventh and last round will be played on Sunday evening (Manila time).
So will face Italian GM Sabino Brunello, while Sutovsky will go against Almasi. GM Ian Nepomniactchi of Russia will test the mettle of GM Daniele Vocaturo. Jobava drew a bye.
After six rounds, Sutovsky has 3 points, Jobava 3.5 points, Sutovsky 3 pts., Alamsi, Brunello and Nepomniactchi 2 each, and Vocaturo 1.5.
The ACP Golden Classic is the second championship title So has won this year.
Last May he won the elite 49th Capablanca Memorial championship in Havana, Cuba. He finished runner-up last June at the 9th Edmonton International in Canada.