• Wesley finishes fourth in 2016 Paris Grand Chess Tour

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    Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So finished fourth overall in the prestigious 2016 Paris Grand Chess Tour rapid and blitz competition held at the Maison De La Chimie in Paris, France.

    So collected a combined score of 19.5 points behind tournament champion GM Hikaru Nakamura of US (25.5), runner-up GM Magnus Carlen of Norway (24.5) and third placer GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France (22).

    GM Levon Aronian wound up fifth with 19 points followed by GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands (18), GM Vladimir Kramnik of Russia (15.5), GM Fabiano Caruana of US (14), GM Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria (12) and GM Laurent Fressinet of France (10).

    Nakamura bagged the $37,500 top purse while Carlsen got $30,000, and Vachier-Lagrave and So settled for the same $15,000 consolation prize.

    The 22-year-old wizard posted three wins and 11 draws in the double-round robin blitz competition.

    He defeated Giri in 11th round; Caruana in 12th and Kramnik in 18th then drew with Carlsen (first), Giri (second), Topalov (fourth and 13th), Vachier-Lagrave (fifth and 14th), Fressinet (sixth and 15th) and Aronian (seventh and 16th).

    In Rapid, So had three wins and five draws with victories coming from the first round against Carlsen, fourth round against Aronian and ninth round against Fressinet.

    He split the point with Kramnik (third), Caruana (fifth), Nakamura (sixth), Topalov (seventh) and Giri (eighth).

    “I have the lowest rating among all the contenders. Embarrassingly low. Like 200 points lower than some of them. Before this week I hadn’t played a rated rapid game in, I think about five years,” said So in his official Facebook page.

    EMIL C. NOGUERA

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