Wesley So draws with Chinese; retains share of the lead going into the last two rounds
By Marlon Bernardino
Tue, 26 Feb 2013
6.5 points -- GM Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), GM Wesley Barbasa So (Philippines), GM
Marcin Dziuba (Poland), GM Grzegorz Gajewski (Poland), IM Wei Yi (China), GM
Ding Liren (China)
6.0 points -- GM Yu Yangyi (China), GM Anish Giri
(The Netherlands), GM Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria), GM Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria),
GM Mustafa Yilmaz (Turkey), GM Nils Grandelius (Sweden), GM Erwin L'ami (The
Netherlands), GM David Navara (Czech Republic), GM Hannes Stefansson (Iceland),
GM Bassem Amin (Egypt), IM Sopiko Guramishvili (Georgia)
Round 9 top
Board 1: GM Ding Liren (China) vs GM Pavel Eljanov
Board 2: GM Wesley Barbasa So (Philippines) vs GM Marcin Dziuba
Board 3: GM Grzegorz Gajewski (Poland) vs IM Wei Yi (China)
FILIPINO Grandmaster Wesley Barbasa So (ELO 2684) was held to a draw
this time by GM Yu Yangyi (ELO 2688) of China but retained a share of the lead
in the 8th round of the 28th Reykjavik Open chess championships at Harpa, the
28.000 sqm. concert hall in Reykjavik, Iceland on Tuesday.
So, 19, and
Yu agreed to halve to the point after 22 moves of Ruy Lopez Opening to raise his
total 6.5 points and create a six-way tie for first.
Bunched at 6.5
points are GM Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine, GM Marcin Dziuba and GM Grzegorz
Gajewski of Poland, GM Ding Liren and IM Wei Yi of China.
the point with Gajewski after 35 moves of English Opening, Dziuba toppled GM
Ivan Sokolov of the Netherlands after 68 moves of Queens Gambit Accepted, Ding
routed GM Alexander Ipatov of Turkey after 31 moves of King's Indian defense and
Wei upset GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France after 33 moves of Sicilian
defense, Rossolimo variation.
The Filipino champion will be facing
Dziuba in the crucial ninth round of the tournament, Ding will meet Eljanov
while Gajewski opposite Wei in the event which offers a prize fund of 15,000
euro with the winner taking 5,000 euro and the runner-up getting 2,000 euro.
So’s campaign is backed up by the National Chess Federation of the
Philippines (NCFP) headed by it's Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay
Jr., Secretary-General Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. and
Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales.
The tournament serves as So’s
build up for the 2013 World Chess Cup scheduled on August 10 to September 5 in
Tromso, Norway. Joining So in the World Chess Cup is fellow GM Oliver Barbosa.