By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
Wesley So outlasted Alexei Shirov and seized a share of the lead with fellow American Leinier Dominguez-Perez in Pool D after three rounds of the FIDE Grand Prix Sequence in Berlin, Germany on Sunday.
The Cavite-native American wanted 50 strikes of an English duel to outlive the Latvian-born former World Challenger who’s now representing Spain.
It was So’s first victory after drawing his first two video games towards Dominguez Perez and Indian Pentala Harikrishna to enhance to 2 factors.
“I really feel I’ve gotten over the jet lag at the moment (Sunday). The primary sport was actually onerous. I’m simply very glad to win a sport,” So advised chess.com.
I’m not that optimistic—I haven’t performed [for] three months; my play has been fairly rusty, making errors right here and there. I hope to play higher.”
So was additionally glad the 16 members of the Berlin tilt examined destructive for COVID-19.
So will play Dominguez-Perez, Harikrishna and Shirov yet another spherical with hopes of claiming the lone spot of their bracket to the knockout semifinal spherical.
The Grand Prix stakes two slots to the Candidates Match 2022 set June 16 to July 7 in Madrid, Spain.
The Candidates is the match to find out the challenger of world classical champion Magnus Carlsen.