Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So scored three points on two wins and two draws after four rounds in the 2016 US Chess Championship being held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in Missouri, US.
So opened his campaign with victories over five-time US Chess champion GM Gata Kamsky in the first round and International Master Akshat Chandra in the second round before settling for a draw with GM Fabiano Caruana in the third and GM Samuel Shankland in the fourth.
With three points, So is sharing the second spot with GM Ray Robson.
They are half-a-point behind solo leader Caruana, who notched three wins and a draw in the tournament which offers a whopping $174,000 prize fund with the champion getting $50,000 and the runner-up receiving $35,000.
So will be meeting GM Varuzhan Akobian in the fifth round then defending champion GM Hikaru Nakamura in the sixth, GM Alexander Shabalov in the seventh, GM Alexander Onischuk in the eighth, GM Jeffery Xiong in the ninth, Robson in the 10th and GM Aleksandr Lenderman in the final round.
The other fifth-round pairings are Nakamura-Shankland, Shabalov-Caruana, Chandra-Onischuk, Xiong-Kamsky, and Robson-Lenderman.