Pinoy chesser So shocks Ivanchuk in World Cup

GM Wesley So

GM Wesley So

KHANTY-Mansiysk, Russia – GM Wesley So of the Philippines authored one of the biggest upset wins in the 2009 World Chess Cup when he pulled the rug from under former world championship contender GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the second round at the Khanty-Mansiysk Festival of Arts here.

Buoyed by his convincing 4-1 win over GM Gadir Guseinov of Azerbaijan in the first round, So outclassed the sixth-seeded Ivanchuk (ELO 2739) in 39 moves in the first of their two-game match in the 64-player second round.

So, seeded 59th with an ELO of 2640, needs only a draw against Ivanchuk with the advantageous white pieces in their second game to advance to the 32-player third round.

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