WIJK AAN ZEE, Netherlands, Jan. 17 (UPI) — A 17-year-old Filipino chess prodigy could end up challenging the former champion in the 73rd Tata Steel Chess Festival in the Netherlands, some observers said.
The teenager, Filipino grandmaster Wesley So, was forced to settle for a draw against Armenian grandmaster Gabriel Sargissian in the second round of the tournament, ABS-CBN reported Monday.
So was a full point behind the leaders in Group B.
Armenia’s top player, Levon Aronian, who won the tournament in 2007 and tied for first place again later, played to draws in his round.
One of Aronian’s draws was with American Hikaru Nakamura. Aronian plays French grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in Round 3 Monday.
British grandmaster Luke McShane beat China’s Li Chao after 55 moves. He picked up two points and took the lead in his category.
The tournament concludes Jan. 30. The latest information is available at the tournament Web site: http://www.tatasteelchess.com.