Wesley So bows out of World Chess Cup
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So crashed out of the 2013 World Chess Cup after absorbing a second straight loss to GM Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia at the Scandic Hotel in Tromso, Norway late Thursday.
So, who lost the match after 23 moves of Ruy Lopez Opening, Marshall-attack encounter, finished his two-game standard play with Tomashevsky, 0.5-1.5.
The teenager from Cavite lost his first game to Tomashevsky after 51 moves of Grunfeld Defense, Prins Variation.
Tomashevsky advanced to Round 3 where he will battle the winner of the match between top seed GM Levon Aronian of Armenia and GM Igor Lysyj of Russia.
So arranged a Round 2 encounter with Tomashevsky by beating GM Alexander Ipatov of Turkey.
His best finish in the World Chess Cup was 2009 when he ousted former world championship candidates GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and GM Gata Kamsky to reach the quarterfinals.
Two other Filipino campaigners -- GM Oliver Barbosa and GM Mark Paragua -- bowed out of the 128-player, knockout event.
Barbosa bowed to 29th seed GM Le Quang Liem (ELO 2712) of Vietnam and Paragua was yielded to 28th seed GM Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia (ELO 2724) in their two-game standard play with a similar 0-2 score. -Marlon Bernardino