So stays in contention in Netherlands


A draw in the 10th round kept Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So’s title bid alive in the 2015 Tata Steel Chess Tournament being held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

So and GM Ding Liren of China agreed to a draw after 24 moves of Queen’s Gambit Declined in the tournament sanctioned by the International Chess Federation.

The draw was enough for So to stay in the second place with 6.5 points along with GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, who also scored the same output.

Vachier-Lagrave also split the point with GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland in their own 10th-round game.

World champion GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway is still leading with 7.5 points. He drew with GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine after 18 moves in the 10th round.

Also in the running are Ding, Ivanchuk, GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands and GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy, who are tied in fourth place with six points each.

Wojtaszek and GM Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan are sharing the eighth place with five points apiece followed by GM Levon Aronian of Armenia in 10th (4.5), GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands in 11th (3.5), GM Hou Yifan of China and GM Ivan Saric of Croatia in 12th (3.0), and GM Baadur Jobava of Georgia (1.5).

The 21-year-old So faces Saric in the crucial 11th round then battles Giri in the 12th and Van Wely in the final round.


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    Good showing, Wesley! Keep it up. Lotis Key and I are praying for your win in this strong tournament — on to the World Crown, Wesley — the Pride of the Philippines! May God bless you always in all your matches.