Chess

Wesley So grabs share of Sinquefield Cup lead

Roy Luarca

REBOUND. Wesley So boosts his shot at another chess crown.

FIDE

Sustaining his winning run, Wesley So climbs to No. 1 with the top-rated Fabiano Caruana and French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

United States champion Wesley So notched his second straight win and shared the lead with Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the 2021 Sinquefield Cup at Saint Louis Chess Club in Missouri on Thursday, August 19 (Friday, August 20, Philippine time).

Handling white, So beat Peter Svidler in 28 moves of a thematic English Opening to climb to 2.5 points with the top-rated Caruana and Vachier-Lagrave.

Caruana trounced Dariusz Swiercz while Vachier-Lagrave subdued Sam Shankland in a decisive round 3 of the $325,000 (P16.25 million) event serving as the fifth and last leg of the Grand Chess Tour.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov prevailed over Richard Rapport to climb to 2.0 points with Leinier Dominguez.

Dominguez settled for a draw with fellow American Jeffery Xiong who was at 1.5 points with Rapport. Svidler and Shankland were at 0.5 while Swiercz has yet to score in the 10-man classical event being played over the board. – Rappler.com