Wesley grabs solo lead
Standings after Round 8:
6 points – GM Wesley So (Philippines)
5.5 points – GM Luke McShane (England)
5 points – GM Zahar Efimenko (Ukraine), GM Gabriel Sargissian (Armenia), GM Radek Wojtaszek (Poland)
4.5 points – GM Vlad Tkachiev (France)
4 points – GM Li Chao (China), GM David Navara (Czech Republic)
3.5 points – GM Laurant Fressinet (France), GM Le Quang Liem (Vietnam)
3 points – GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly (India)
2.5 points – GM Jon Ludvig Hammer (Norway),GM Friso Nijoboer (Netherlands)
2 points – GM Wouter Spoelman (Netherlands)
SUPER Grandmaster Wesley So of the Philippines defeated GM Wouter Spoelman of the Netherlands in the eighth round to grab the solo lead on Sunday (Monday in Manila) in the 2011 Tata Steel Corus Group B Chess Championship at the De Moriaan Community Centre in Wijk Aan Zee, Netherlands.
So prevailed with the black pieces after 34 moves of Nimzo Indian Defense.
It was the fourth straight win of So following four consecutive draws, raising his total to 6.0 points. He was half point ahead of GM Luke McShane of England (5.5).
The pride of Bacoor, Cavite had six pawns, including two unstoppable center pawns, and a rook against the five pawns and two bishops of Spoelman in the end game.
McShane, on the other hand, settled for a truce with GM Gabriel Sargissian of Armenia after 39 moves of Slav Defense in the 14-player, category 17 tournament formerly known as Hoogovens.
Sargissian shared third to fifth spots with GM Zahar Efimenko of Ukraine and GM Radek Wojtaszek of Poland.
Efimenko, co-leader with So and McShane after seven rounds, lost to GM Vlad Tkachiev of France in 70 moves of Slav Defense. Wojtaszek toppled GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam after 61 moves of another Slav Defense.
In other matches, GM Laurant Fressinet of France split the point with GM David Navara of Czech Republic after 33 moves of Gruenfeld Defense, GM Li Chao of China drew with GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly of India after 44 moves of English Opening and GM Friso Nijoboer of the Netherlands halved the point with GM Jon Ludvig Hammer of Norway. Liberty Icao