So off to good start in Dutch chess tourney


Posted at Jan 12 2014 02:01 PM | Updated as of Jan 12 2014 10:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines' top chess player, Grand Master (GM) Wesley So, had a good start to his campaign in the 76th Tata Steel Tournament Masters in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

The 20-year-old So defeated GM Richard Rapport of Hungary after 56 moves of Larsens Opening using the black pieces to join the gorup of opening day winners on Saturday in the round-robin tournament.

In other matches, second seeded GM Hikaru Nakamura of the United States subdued GM Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany after 65 moves of Nimzo-Indian defense, while third-seed GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy defeated fourth-seed GM Boris Gelfand of Israel after 30 moves of Sicilian Najdorf Variation.

Fifth-seed Sergey Karjakin of Russia crushed GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands after 60 moves of Catalan opening.

The game between top-seeded Levon Aronian of Armenia and GM Pentala Harikrishna of India ended in a fighting draw after 30 moves of Giuco Piano Opening.

GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands also split the point with GM Leinier Dominguez of Cuba after 31 moves of Ruy Lopez Berlin skirmish. -- By Marlon Bernardino