Saturday, February 13, 2010

Aeroflot 2010 round 4: Wesley So struck back with a win; Laylo stops the bleeding with a draw

When So lost to Truoc Son in round 3, many thought he would dash into his computer, log in to his Facebook account and whine at everyone wishing the tournament is over, a thing he did after loosing to Anish Giri in round 10 0f Corus B. But no. Not this time. Wesley So stops from being a boy who accidentally dropped a cornetto ice cream and struck back (striking my palm here with my fist for greater effect) immediately with round 4 win against Alexandr Rachmanov of Russia. The early part of the middle game look's fine for Wesley but not so comfortable but just as good as he is, found a quick way to open up the board on his way to victory. The win puts So with 2.5 points, just a full point behind the two astounding Vietnamese players, Quang Liem and Truong Son, two surprise leaders who has 3.5/4.0. So is currently tied from 9th-33rd place. Got to keep an eye with these two. They're knocking out the favorites of the tournament one by one.

GM Darwin Laylo somehow managed to find a safe place to dressed his wounds and that was courtesy of IM Alexander Danin of Russia whom he settled for a draw. It would be quite interesting to follow on how Laylo could pull himself out of this as he's still being pressed downwards in the ranking board at no. 79 out of 80 participants.

For complete details, standings, results, games, PGN and pairings, please visit Aeroflot 2010 official website.

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