So bounces back with 7th round win in US Chess tourney | Global News
Close  

So bounces back with 7th round win in US Chess tourney

/ 02:09 AM April 10, 2015
wesatuschess

Wesley So in the seventh round of the US Chess Championships. US CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS PHOTO

LAS VEGAS – Continuing his up-and-down performance, Wesley So displayed fine form to prevail over Alexander Onischuk in the seventh round of the US Chess Championships in Saint Louis.

Using his favorite Ruy Lopez with the white pieces, So nursed a slight opening edge into a decisive end game advantage to pull out the win in 36 moves.

ADVERTISEMENT

Coming off a crucial loss to former Webster University teammate Ray Robson in the previous round, the victory somehow helped the 21-year-old Bacoor, Cavite native to right the ship with just four games left in the $175,000 tournament.

It was So’s fourth win against two loses and a draw, and with 4.5 points, he has gained second place, behind co-leaders Hikaru Nakamura and Robson, each with five points.

FEATURED STORIES

Even though he has not lost in seven games, Nakamura, the No.3 in the world, has not shown his dominant game, and settled for his fourth draw against youngster Samuel Sevian.

Robson, meanwhile, kept his sharp form and beat Daniel Naroditsky to match Nakamura’s five points in the tournament that offers $45,000 to the first-placer.

So is reportedly battling some side issues and off-the-board distractions and was at one point on the verge of depression.

A close family relative is reportedly causing trouble by making unreasonable demands, including coming to Saint Louis to confront Wesley.

Organizers have reportedly banned the relative from the hotel the players are staying, but the distraction was blamed for So’s lack of concentration, causing him to lose two games, particularly in the sixth round, after he was not able to sleep the night before.

A timely pep talk by grandmaster Yasser Seirawan has allowed So to put his mind back in the tournament, a source close to Team Wesley said.

“So drew much comfort from Seirawan…that he was able to sleep… and woke up refreshed,” said the source in a Facebook posting on the webpage Chess Philippines.

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED STORIES

So bows to ex-roommate Robson in US Chess Championships

So and Nakamura draw at US Chess Championships

Like us on Facebook 

Subscribe to our global nation newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Alexander Onischuk, Chess Philippines, Daniel Naroditsky, Hikaru Nakamura, professional chess, Ray Robson, Samuel Sevian, US Chess Championship Saint Louis, Webster University, Wesley So, Yasser Seirawan
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our global news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.