Saturday, February 23, 2013

Webster University freshman Wesley So joins the leaders

The Reykjavik Open continued with the 5th round. The top is now more crowded with 7 players sharing the first position with 4.5/5: Pavel Eljanov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Yu Yangyi, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Ivan Cheparinov and Grzegorz Gajewski.

The battle between two of world’s top juniors, Anish Giri and Alexander Ipatov, finished with a win for the Dutch player. Giri, who will turn 19 this year, spent very little time from his clock to beat the Turkish representative. The game started with a Caro-Kann Defense and the players quickly simplified the position. Anish demonstrated his superiority in the endgame, which he handled with precision while almost blitzing the moves. This puts the Nr 1 seed on 4.5/5 points with a lot of chances to claim the first prize.

After the early 18-move draw between Grzegorz Gajewski and Yu Yangyi, there were still two players that could have gotten the coveted fifth straight victory. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had a slight edge in an endgame against Pavel Eljanov, but was not able to convert it into a full point. The game started with Maxime’s beloved Grunfeld Defense. Eljanov decided to go for some early simplifications, trying to exchange black’s important dark-squared bishop. He managed to do so, however, the resulting endgame was pretty equal. The French GM activated his pieces, but that never seemed to be enough to get the win. The draw was signed on move 36.

Taking advantage of this result, the Bulgarian GM Ivan Cheparinov now joined the leaders after defeating Icelandic GM Stefan Kristjansson with the black pieces on the fourth board.

The last player to join the leaders was Philippine star Wesley So from Webster University. He outplayed Chinese IM Wei Yi in a rook endgame with 4 pawns for each side. It took 75 moves for the Chinese to finally resign the game. Wesley So has a more difficult challenge tomorrow, as he has to face second seeded Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Leaders after 5 rounds:

1GMEljanov PavelUKR26784.5
2GMVachier-Lagrave MaximeFRA27154.5

GMYu YangyiCHN26884.5
4GMGiri AnishNED27224.5
5GMSo WesleyPHI26844.5
6GMCheparinov IvanBUL27094.5
7GMGajewski GrzegorzPOL26444.5
8GMSocko BartoszPOL26434.0

GMBaklan VladimirUKR26094.0
10GMShulman YuryUSA25634.0
11GMStefansson HannesISL24964.0
12IMLi WenliangCHN24114.0
13IMGretarsson Hjorvar SteinnISL25094.0
14GMDziuba MarcinPOL26024.0
15GMBu XiangzhiCHN26754.0

GMJones Gawain C BENG26374.0
17GMGrandelius NilsSWE25664.0
18GMDing LirenCHN27094.0
19GMMaze SebastienFRA25564.0
20GMSolak DraganTUR26034.0
21GMHalkias SteliosGRE25664.0
22NMNorowitz YaacovUSA24324.0
23GMXiu DeshunCHN25304.0
24GMDanielsen HenrikISL25074.0
25FMJayakumar AdarshUSA22714.0

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go Wesley!

Anonymous said...

Go Wisely :)

Anonymous said...

Wei Yi is only 13 years old. He has great future.