Wesley in six-way tie for lead

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Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So is still in a six-way tie for the lead after three rounds in the 76th Tata Steel Tournament Masters being held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

The 20-year-old So settled for another draw, this time with GM Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany in the third round of the Category A. So and Naiditsch split the point after 35 moves of Ruy Lopez Berlin.

So raised his score to two points on one win and two draws. Also with two points are top seed GM Levon Aronian of Armenia, GM Pentala Harikrishna of India, GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy, GM Hikaru Nakamura of US and GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands.

Aronian agreed to a draw with GM Richard Rapport of Hungrary after 41 moves of Trompowsky Opening while Harikrishna outclassed GM Leinier Dominguez of Cuba after 75 moves of Sicilian Najdorf.


In other matches, Caruana toppled GM Sergey Karjakin of Russia after 71 moves of Catalan Opening; Nakamura drew with GM Boris Gelfand of Israel after 59 moves of English Symmetrical; and GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands also drew with GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands after 30 moves of Trompowsky Opening.

The fourth-round match ups are Giri-So, Gelfand-Naiditsch, Aronian-Nakamura, Karjakin-Rapport, Dominguez-Caruana, Van Wely-Harikrishna. The fourth round is scheduled on Thursday as the tournament employs a one-day break.

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