So finishes disappointing fourth at Tata Chess


After hanging around near the top of the standings for most of the tournament. Grandmaster Wesley So agreed to his 12th draw in 13 games at the end of the 2016 Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee in Holland to eventually finish a disappointing fourth.

So split his point with Michael Adams in 33 moves of the Spanish Variation of the Ruy Lopez opening to end his 13-round campaign in a tie for fourth to sixth places.

The disappointing result was unexpected after So finished second last year. He was also playing so well in other events just before the prestigious Tata Chess tourney.

So, ranked no. 10 in the world as of the FIDE rankings released in the beginning of February, shared seven points with Anish Giri and Pavel Eljanov.

GM Magnus Carlsen, who is the world’s no. 1 player with his 2844 FIDE rating, took the crown with nine points.

Carlsen drew with Liren Ding in 56 moves of a Ruy Lopez. He was threatening to capture his opponent’s remaining passed pawn with a rook but eventually settled for the draw which was enough for him to win the crown.

World no. 26 Evgeny Tomashevsky upset world no. 5 Fabiano Caruana after 63 moves of a Nimzo Indian Defense game.

Caruana, playing black, attacked his opponent’s king with a check moving his knight to c3. He quit after Tomashevsky’s white king escaped and retreated to the queenside.

Giri split the point with Yifan Hou in 89 moves of a London System. Eljanov won over David Navara in 36 moves of a Queen’s Indian Defense.

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