Paris Grand Chess Tour: Wesley So Leads Again

Photo: Lennart Ootes
Wesley So is not only currently the sole leader at Paris GCT, but he got there with 5 decisive games out of 6 rounds. This is an impressive display of fighting chess, especially compared to his closest rivals, Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin, who have 4 draws each. One of So's most impressive games was his victory against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. It's rare that you see a queen so effectively dominated by a rook and bishop.
[pgn][Event "Grand Chess Tour Paris (Rapid)"]
[Site "Paris FRA"]
[Date "2018.06.20"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Wesley So"]
[Black "Maxime Vachier-Lagrave"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "2778"]
[BlackElo "2789"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "3q4/4rpkp/1Q1p1bp1/p1pB1p2/2P2P2/1P4P1/P2P1P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 25"]
[PlyCount "21"]
[EventDate "2018.06.20"]25. Rxe7 $1 {So happily goes for the Rook + Bishop vs. Queen ending (with a
couple extra pawns).} Qxb6 26. Rxf7+ Kh8 27. Rf8+ Kg7 28. Rf7+ Kh8 29. Rxf6 Qb4
30. Rxd6 Qxd2 31. Rc6 Qd4 32. Kg2 Kg7 33. Rc7+ Kh8 34. h4 h5 35. a4 {and Black
resigned. MVL is in zugzwang and losing the c5 pawn, which allows So a
powerful passed c-pawn.} 1-0[/pgn] Don't miss the final day of rapid chess tomorrow at 8 a.m. EST. Watch live games and commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, IM Jovanka Houska, GM Alejandro Ramirez, GM Maurice Ashley and GM Romain Edouard on the Official Website.

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