MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grand Master (GM) Wesley So fought GM Sergey Karjakin of Russia to a draw to share fourth place after seven rounds of competition in the 76th Tata Steel Tournament in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
A day after suffering his first loss of the tournament at the hands of top seed GM Levon Aronian, So battled Karjakin to a draw after 51 moves of Queens Indian Defense.
He now shares the fourth spot along with two other players – GM Leineir Dominguez of Cuba and GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy. All three have 4.0 points each.
So is expected to go all out in a match-clinching win when he plays the black pieces in the eighth round against Dominguez.
Karjakin, meanwhile, is tied with GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands in second and third place with 4.5 points each.
Aronian remains the solo leader of the tournament with 5.5 points. -- By Marlon Bernardino