By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
Wesley So outplayed fellow American Leinier Dominguez Perez and seized the solo lead in Pool D of the FIDE Chess Grand Prix 1 2022 in Berlin, Germany on Monday.
Enjoying in black, So equalized early earlier than taking management of the match that lasted in 39 strikes of a Giuoco Piano.
It was the second straight win for the two-time US champion after turning again world challenger Alexei Shirov of Spain within the third spherical.
He drew with Dominguez-Perez and India’s Pentala Harikrishna within the first two rounds of the double round-robin group stage.
The triumph put So in prime place to say the lone spot to the semifinals in his bracket.
So is decided to carry out strongly within the collection which is split into three legs the place the highest two finishers will advance to the Candidates Match 2022 slated June 16-July 7 in Madrid, Spain.
The winner within the Candidates will problem Magnus Carlsen for the world classical title.
So was taking part in Harkrishna within the fifth spherical at press time and can sort out Shirov within the final spherical of the group stage Wednesday.