Wesley So remains closest pursuer of US Chess Championship leaders

Pacesetters Ray Robson and Aleksandr Lederman split the point and so did closest pursuers Wesley So and Leinier Dominguez, leaving the 2021 US Chess Championship a wide-open race.

Following their draw on Tuesday, October 12 (Wednesday, October 13, Philippine time), Robson and Lederman rose to 4.0 points after six rounds and kept So, Dominguez, and new chaser Sam Sevian at bay in the event being held at the Saint Louis Chess Club in Missouri.

Sevian handed top seed Fabiano Caruana a second straight defeat and caught up with So and Dominguez at 3.5 points.

Sam Shankland subdued John Burke in the other decided result while the matches between Daniel Naroditsky and Lazaro Bruzon, and Jeffery Xiong and Darius Swiercz ended in draws.

Unable to break through the tight defense put up by Dominguez, So agreed to a truce after 37 moves of a Queens Gambit Accepted and kept his title-retention drive going.

So, the 2021 Grand Chess Tour overall champion and 2021 Champions Chess Tour second placer overall, will tangle with Burke in the seventh round on Wednesday.

Other matches pit Lenderman against Xiong, Swiercz against Shankland, Caruana against Robson, Bruzon against Sevian, and Dominguez against Naroditsky. – Rappler.com