Eight rounds down, five more to go for the 2015 edition of Tata Steel Masters Chess Tournament, and Wesley So is planted on 2nd place (after tiebreaks are applied), and just half a point behind the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. This happened after 3 wins and 5 draws (with 0 loss).
Wesley’s first win came from his game against Levon Aronian of Armenia in Round 3. Replay the game: Wesley So vs. Levon Aronian Rd. 3 Tata Steel 2015.
The second came about on his game against the tail-ender Baadur Jobava of Georgia in Round 6.
Replay the game: Baadur Jobava vs. Wesley So Rd. 6 Tata Steel Masters 2015.
Then on Round 8, Wesley So defeated the then leader (at the end of Round 7) Vassily Ivanchuk, his second win against the Ukrainian since the 2009 Chess World Cup. Here’s what Wesley has to say after this win:
Replay the game: Vassily Ivanchuk vs. Wesley So in Round 8 of Tata Steel Masters 2015.
After this outstanding performance, Wesley So is now ranked No. 6 in the Live Chess Ratings List, just trailing behind the former World Champion, Viswanathan Anand, and the elite group of Super GM’s with ELO 2800+ ratings: Magnus Carlsen (World Champion), Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, and Veselin Topalov. Hopefully, he’ll be able to maintain his momentum leading to the Official FIDE Ratings List come the end of January.
Today is rest day for the tournament, and it resumes tomorrow with Round 9. Wesley So is set to face Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Liren Ding, Ivan Saric, Anish Giri and Loek Van Wely in Rounds 9 to 13. Of the five, Vachier-Lagrave, Ding and Giri prove to be tough opponents. And we’ll find that out in the coming days.