MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grand Master (GM) Wesley So found American GM Hikaru Nakamura tough to crack and settled for a draw in the second round of Category A in the 76th Tata Steel Tournament Masters in the Netherlands on Sunday.
So and Nakamura agreed to split the point after 27 moves of Semi-Slav defense using the white pieces. So now has a total of 1.5 points and is in a five-way tie for first place.
Nakamura also has 1.5 points, along with top-seeded GM Levon Aronian of Armenia, GM Sergey Karjakin of Russia, and GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands.
Aronian defeated GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy after 58 moves of English Symmetrical, and Karjakin drew with GM Pentala Harikrishna of India after 40 moves of Queen’s Gambit Declined.
Giri, meanwhile, outclassed GM Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany after 33 moves of Bogo Indian Defense.
In another match, GM Richard Rapport of Hungary – who lost to So in the opening round – bounced back by crushing GM Boris Gelfand of Israel after 60 moves of Budapest Defense Main Line.
GM Leinier Dominguez of Cuba drew with GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands after 26 moves of Sicilian Early Fianchetto skirmish. -- By Marlon Bernardino