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So overpowers women’s world champ, finishes at joint 5th place

MANILA, Philippines – Wesley So overpowered reigning women’s world champion Hou Yifan of China in 30 moves of an English Opening to finish tied for fifth place at the conclusion of the Tata Chess Steel Masters 2018 in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands Sunday.

So bit on a Hou pawn sacrifice in the opening by returning a pawn that turned out to beneficial for the former as it opened a file that led to vicious kingside attack and eventually the early resignation of the highest ranked woman chesser in the world.

GM Wesley So. Philippine Star
So thus finished at joint No. 5 with former world champion Vishwanathan Anand of India with eight points after 13 rounds, 2.5 points off current world titlist Magnus Carlsen and Dutch Anish Giri with 10.5 points apiece.

Carlsen eventually beat Giri in the two-game tiebreaker, 1.5-.5, to claim the crown.

So also hiked his live rating to 2799.3, which was good for fourth in the world chess rankings.

Author: Joey Villar, Philippine Star
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