After sharing the point with Iranian GM Ghaem Maghami in the first round with a quiet 25 move draw, GM Wesley So employs some tricks in his round two game against GM Dimitry Bocharov of Russia to gain a victory. After the mistake committed by Bocharov in his 29th move, one has to admit that the ensuing moves discovered by So to win a piece produced an element of surprise to his opponent. Things like you're expecting your enemy in the front door, grinning, when suddenly he just came tumbling down the roof. Just think So's lost to Giri in Corus.
GM Darwin Laylo on the other hand is struggling real bad. Laylo suffered his two consecutive defeats and we know how highly affecting a bad start in such a big event. Laylo could only hope a fair finished at this point.
So's round 3 opponenet is no other than another South East Asian rival, GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam.
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