• So wins Netherlands chess tournament

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    Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So topped the 2013 Unive Crown Group in Hoogeveen, Netherlands.

    The teen-age sensation scored 4.5 points in the six-round tournament to claim top honors. He drew his final-round game with GM Michael Adams of England after 21 moves of Nimzo-Indian Classical Noa Variation.

    Adams and GM Robin Van Kampen of the Netherlands shared second spot with three points each, while GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands placed fourth with 1.5 points.

    So outclassed Van Wely in the first round (42 moves of Nimzo-Indian) and drew with Adams in the second round (44 moves of Ruy Lopez).

    He then scored two straight victories against Van Kampen in the third round (43 moves of Queen Gambit Declined) and Van Wely in the fourth round (33 moves of Queen Gambit Declined, Semi Slav). The Filipino also draw with Van Kampen in the fifth (58 moves of Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense) and Adams in the sixth/final round.

    Meanwhile, Tagaytay City ruled the 2013 Asian Cities Chess Team Championship.

    Tagaytay City grabbed 17 points to claim the $3,000 top purse.

    China’s Shanghai and Wuxi are in a tie for second place with 15 points each.

    EMIL C. NOGUERA

     

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