Despite eliciting a mere draw in the fourth round, Grandmaster Wesley So maintained his lead at the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) Golden Classic in Bergamo City, Italy.
The Filipino chess wizard drew with GM Zoltan Almasi of Hungary in 21 moves of a seldom-used Barcza System. So now has three points on two wins and two draws. Almasi has 1.5 points, all draws.
Right behind So is GM Baadur Jobava of Georgia, who crushed GM Daniele Vocaturo of Italy in 34 moves of Old Indian Defense. Jobava now has 2.5 points and Vocaturo a half point.
In the remaining fourth-round match, GM Ian Nepomniactchi of Russia outplayed GM Sabino Brunello of Italy in 34 moves of a Caro Kann Advanced.
So will take a bye in the fifth round. He will face Jobava, Georgia’s top player, in the penultimate round before taking on Brunello in the last round.
The second edition of ACP is a seven-man single-round-robin tournament.