So draws Karjakin in round 7

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Monday, January 20, 2014


MANILA--Grandmaster Wesley So (2719) fought GM Sergey Karjakin of Russia (2756) to a 51-move draw of a Queens Indian Defense to share fourth place with two others in the seventh round of the Category A 76th Tata Steel Tournament Masters in Amsterdam.

A day after suffering his first loss at the hands of top seed GM Levon Aronian of Armenia (Elo 2803), So played the white pieces and agreed to a draw in the 51st move.

Karjakin only had four pawns and a rook against So’s four pawns and a rook.

The 20 year-old So, the top player of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, is expected to go all-out in a match-clinching win as he plays the black pieces against GM Leinier Dominguez of Cuba (2754).

So, Dominguez and GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy (2782) were tied at fourth to sixth places with 4.0 points each.

Karjakin, meantime is tied with GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands (2737) at second to third places with 4.5 points apiece, a clear point behind with leader Aronian, who has 5.5 points.

In other results, Aronian split the point with GM Boris Gelfand of Israel (2777) after 41 moves of Queens Gambit Declined; Dominguez drew with GM Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany (2737) after 91 moves of King’s Indian Defense; and Caruana halved the point with Giri after 43 moves of Vienna Game. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 21, 2014.

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