MANILA, Philippines – Wesley So downed local hero Baadur Jobava in their rapid two-game playoffs to seal a 2.5-1.5 victory and a quarterfinal berth in the FIDE World Chess Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia Thursday night. After their standard fourth round play ended up in two quiet draws, So, now the highest seeded player at No. 2 following the early exit of top seed and reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen, this time lit up fireworks by winning the first game by displaying superb endgame technique and drawing the second when he could have won it. The win thus sent So in the Last Eight where he was playing Russian Vladimir Fedoseev, who booted out Israeli Maxim Rodshtein, 3-1. Fedoseev is ranked 26th here with a rating of 2731 against So’s 2810. But the former should be a tough player to handle after being sending No. 7 Hikaru Nakamura — So’s United States Olympiad teammate — home with a 1.5-.5 win in their third round showdown a few days back. In the first one, So reverted to his old opening repertoire by employing the King’s Indian attack, sacrificed a pawn to seize an initiative and create a strong counter play. This resulted… Read full this story
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