Wesley So draws third-round match for share of lead in Paris tourney

Published June 19, 2021, 2:41 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

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Grandmaster Wesley So drew with Peter Svidler of Russia to keep his share of the lead with three others after three rounds of the Grand Chess Tour Paris 2021 Friday, June 18, in France.

So, 27, split the point after 46 moves of a Giuoco Piano to slightly improve to 2 points and join Svidler, Armenia’s Levon Aronian and Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi at the helm.

Aronian downed France’s Etienne Bacrot in 38 moves of a Queen’s Pawn duel while Nepomniachtchi halved the point with Rapport in 54 moves of an English encounter.

The reigning world Fischer-Random king and two-time United States champion currently competes against Nepomniachtchi in the fourth round as of posting time.

A total of $150,000 is at stake in this tournament that consists of nine rapid games where a win accounts for two points, a draw for one point and a loss with zero points. Eighteen blitz games accounts for 1 point for each victory and 0.5 points for each draw.

So opened the rapid section with a draw with 18-year-old Alireza Firouzja, an Iran-born chesser who is representing FIDE and won over Hungary’s Richard Rapport in the second round.