"Where the Pin is mightier than the sword" - Fred Reinfeld
Thursday, February 26, 2009
2009 Aeroflot Open: After all, draw of lots still favor Wesley So
The draw of lots for GM Wesley So's opponents on the just concluded Aeroflot Open in Moscow where he finished tied for 19th to 37th place, still favors the lad from Cavite. The irony here is Wesley never face a player that is higher rated than himself! Wesley posted 3 wins, 2 loses and 4 draws. Two from those three wins comes from women, IM Kosintseva (2497), and WGM Shen Yang (2448). Take a look at the final charts below and compare the statistics of the players who finished the tournament much higher than Wesley, the qualities of their opponents, but has a lower rating than Wesley. GM So (2627) has an average opponent ratings of 2541 (19-37 place finished), WIM Tatiana Kosintseva (2497) an average opponent ratings: 2621 (10-18 place finished) GM Zhaou Weiqi (2542) average opponent rating: 2632 (10-18 place finished), IM Sergei Yudin (2562) average opponent ratings: 2636 (10-18th place finished). So also lost around 6 points at Aeroflot.