Wesley whips Ivanchuk, ascends to second spot

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Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So posted a crucial eighth-round victory to move into a share of the second place in the 2015 Tata Steel Chess Tournament being held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

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The 21-year-old So outclassed erstwhile leader GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine after 26 moves of Marshall Attack in the round-robin tournament sanctioned by the International Chess Federation.

So now has 5.5 points on three wins and five draws. Joining him in the second place are GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and GM Ding Liren of China.

World champion GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway grabbed the solo lead with six points on five wins and a couple of draws. He defeated GM Baadur Jobava of Georgia in their eight-round match.

Ivanchuk, for his part, fell to fifth with five points while GM Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy are sharing the sixth with 4.5 points each.

GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland and 2014 runner-up GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands are in eighth with four points apiece followed by defending champion Levon Aronian of Armenia in 10th (3.0), women’s world champion Hou Yifan of China and Ivan Saric of Croatia in 11th (2.5), GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands in 13th (2.0), and Jobava in 14th (1.5).

In the ninth round, So battles Vachier-Lagrave then Ding in the 10th, Saric in 11th, Giri in 12th and Van Wely in 13th.

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