Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So scored one win and three draws to share the second spot with four other players after four rounds in the prestigious 2016 Tata Steel Chess Tournament being held in Wijk aan Zee in Netherlands.
So outclassed GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands in the first round before splitting the point with GM Hou Yifan of China in the second, Gm Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the third and GM Ding Liren of China in the fourth.
“For half of the time, I had to fight for the draw, because the opening went really well for him. He was very well prepared. I’m not sure but I probably made some mistakes somewhere, that’s why it became not so easy. I mean, in the opening I had compensation for the pawn,” So said in an interview posted on the official website of the tournament referring to his third-round game with Karjakin.
Joining him in the second place with 2.5 points are Hou, Karjakin, Ding and GM Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine in the 13-round tournament which offers a whopping 10,000 Euros to the champion and 6,500 Euros to the runner-up.
They are behind solo leader GM Fabiano Caruana of US, who has three points on two wins and two draws. He defeated Elijanov (first round) and GM Michael Adams of England (third round) then agreed to draw with GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway (second round) and Giri (fourth round).
So will be facing GM David Navara of the Czech Republic in the fifth round, Caruana in the sixth, GM Wei Yi of China in the seventh, GM Shakhyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the eighth, GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands in the ninth, GM Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia in the 10th, Elijanov in the 11th, Carlsen in the 12th and Adams in the final round.
EMIL C. NOGUERA