So draws with Carlsen who keeps lead in Gashimov Memorial chess | Global News

So draws with Carlsen who keeps lead in Gashimov Memorial chess

/ 07:39 AM April 26, 2015
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Wesley So and Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen in the Gashimov Memorial chess tournament in Shamkir, Azebaijan. PHOTO BY SHAMKIR CHESS 2015.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Wesley So drew with world champion Magnus Carlsen to keep his share of third place with just a round to go in the Gashimov Memorial chess tournament in Azerbaijan.

With the additional half point, the 24-year-old Carlsen has virtually captured the 30,000-euro first prize in the 10-man tournament, although former world champion Vishy Anand still has a chance to at least tie him at the top.

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Carlsen has six points while the late surging Anand has scored his third straight win to inch closer to the Norwegian champion with 5.5 points.

Anand, a five-time world champion and at 45 one of the oldest among the Top 10 in the world, outplayed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in another display of excellent execution from a well-prepared line.

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“My second showed me this line, and I thought why not give it a try?” Anand said in an interview with chess-news. “It is nice, quite an unusual system.”

Although played just three days ago by Wei Yi, the 15-year-old Chinese prodigy, Anand showed the value of a dependable second, or assistant, in preparing for games.

His second, Grzegorz Gajewski, showed a variant of the Four Knights game to help pull out the victory giving Anand a mathematical chance to win the tournament.

So is one of the few players in the Gashimov Memorial tournament without a coach or a second.

So is tied for third and fourth places with Fabiano Caruana of Italy, each with 4.5 points.

The Italian, rated No. 2 in the world, faces Anand in the final game, which could determine the tournament champion.

In the 9th and final round Sunday, So will play the black pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.

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TAGS: Fabiano Caruana, Gashimov Memorial chess, Grzegorz Gajewski, Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, professional chess, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Vishy Anand, Wesley So
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