Wesley presses on in Paris Grand Chess

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Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So scored two wins, one loss and two draws in the first five rounds to occupy the third spot in the prestigious 2016 Paris Grand Chess Tour rapid competition at the Maison De La Chimie in Paris, France.

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So stunned world champion GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the opening round and GM Levon Aronian of Armenia in the fourth round then split the point with GM Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the second round and GM Fabiano Caruana of US in the fifth round.

His lone defeat so far was at the hands of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France in the third round.

So will be facing GM Hikaru Nakamura of US in the sixth round, GM Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the seventh, GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands in the eighth, and GM Laurent Fressinet of France in the final round.

So has a total of six points to share the third position with Vachier-Lagrave who also scored the same output while tournament leaders Carlsen and Nakamura are sharing the top spot with identical seven points.

Kramnik holds the fifth place with five points while Aronian, Caruana, Fressinet and Giri are in a four-way tie for sixth, and Topalov in the last spot with three points.

The tournament awards two points for every win and one point for a draw.

“Fantastic organization here in France. Really well run. Every detail well thought out. Mega thanks to all the staff, tournament directors and personnel. Very professional and thoughtful to all players,” So posted on his official Facebook page.

A total of $150,000 cash prize is up for grabs in the tournament, which only invites the highest rated players based on the FIDE (International Chess Federation) rating.

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