Wesley advances in World Chess Cup

GRANDMASTER Wesley So completed his conquest of GM Ding Liren of China, 2.5-1.5, to advance to the second round of the 2011 World Chess Cup at  the  newly-built Ugra Cultural Center in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia late Tuesday, August 30.

So (ELO 2658) battled Ding (ELO 2654) to a fighting draw in the second of their two-game encounter in the rapid play off to clinch victory in their knockout encounter.

According to So’s long-time manager Reginald Tee, who watched the game live through internet, the pride of Bacoor, Cavite actually had a slight advantage but opted not to take a risk and accept the draw after 40 moves of Bogo-Indian defense using the disadvantageous black pieces.

The draw was all the 17-year-old Filipino champion needed to eliminate Ding, the reigning two-time China national open champion. The victory set up an encounter against top seed GM Sergey Karjakin of Russia (ELO 2788), who ousted IM Mejdi Kaabi of Tunisia (ELO 2344) during their standard competition match-up.

So beat Ding in the first game of their rapid playoff after 46 moves of King’s Indian Defense, Saemish variation employing the advantageous white pieces after splitting the point in their two-game standard play late Monday.

In the last edition of the event, So ousted  former  world  championship candidates  GM Vassily  Ivanchuk of  Ukraine, 1.5-.5  in  the   second   round  and  GM   Gata  Kamsky, 1.5-.5, of  the United  States in  the third  round.

So’s  Cinderella  run , however,  ended at the  hands of  GM  Vladimir Malakhov of   Russia,  4-1, in rapid tiebreak matches in  their  fourth round showdown.

Meanwhile, another Filipino entry GM Mark Paragua (ELO 2545) bowed out late Monday.

The pride of Marilao, Bulacan lost to GM Michael Adams (ELO 2715) of England, 0.5-1.5, in their two-game standard play match-up. Liberty Icao

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