So splits point with Indian GM

GRANDMASTER Wesley So (2667) settled for a draw against Indian GM Parimarjan Negi (2622) on Friday’s third round of the AAI (Airports Authority of India) Grandmasters Chess Tournament in New Delhi, India.

So failed to capitalize on his positional advantage early in the match and agreed to halve the point with the lower-rated but hard-fighting Negi after 30 moves of Sicilian defense-Najdorf variation using the
white pieces.

So and Negi currently share third to fourth places with identical 1.5 points.

GM Fabiano Caruana (2714/) of Italy toppled GM Hou Yifan (2612) of China after 37 moves of Ruy Lopez Opening to grab the solo lead with perfect 3.0 points. Liberty Icao

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