So stuns Armenian champ


Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So stunned defending champion GM Levon Aronian of Armenia in the third round to gain a piece of the No. 3 spot in the 2015 Tata Steel Chess Tournament being held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

The victory improved So’s score to two points on one win and two draws. He split the point with GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland in the first round and reigning world champion GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the second.

The 21-year-old So faces GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the fourth round then GM Hou Yifan of China (fifth round), GM Baadur Jobava of Georgia (sixth round), GM Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan (seventh round), GM Vasil Ivanchuk of Ukraine (eighth round), GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France (ninth round), GM Ding Liren of China (10th round), GM Ivan Saric of Croatia (11th round), GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands (12th round) and GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands (13th round).

Caruana and Ivanchuk are sharing the top spot with 2.5 each while So, Wojtaszek, Vachier-Lagrave and Ding are tied for third. Radjabov and Giri are in seventh with 1.5 apiece, Van Wely, Carlsen, Aronian and Saric are in ninth with 1.0, and Jobava and Hou are in the bottom of the standings with 0.5.

Wojtaszek also share the limelight by shocking Carlsen in their own third-round game. Ivanchuk nipped Van Wely and Ding outclassed Jobava. The matches of Vachier-Lagrave and Radjabov, Saric and Hou, and Giri and Caruana all ended in a draw.


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