When Wesley So turns hot, he’s hard to stop.
Fresh off topping the Your Next Move tournament in Leuven, Belgium, So continued to display top form, sharing the lead after 3 rounds in the Paris leg of the Grand Chess Tour.
The Cavite-born So bested fellow US team player Fabiano Caruana in the first round, then beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France in the third behind a brilliant queen sacrifice to negate his second-round loss to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
Using the novel scoring system of the tournament, So tallied 4 points, the same total posted by Armenian Levon Aronian and former world champion Viswanathan Anand of India.
After the rapid competition, the 10 players will tangle in 18 games of blitz chess.
The Grand Chess Tour, a 5-leg competition among 10 elite players, offers $1.2 million in prize money.
So, 24, ruled the 2016 GCT and in the process vaulted to as high as No. 2 in the world rankings behind reigning champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway.