Thursday, November 26, 2009

Ivanchuk was So beaten

Filipino wondor boy Wesley So continues to make his mark in the FIDE World Cup by taking out super GM Vassily Ivanchuk. Wesley won the first game and held the second to a draw to make it to the next round. This got to be the biggest upset in the World Cup so far. Just four (or was it three) years ago, Wesley was a virtual unknown outside of the Philippines. I must say the DATMO tournament have given a number of unknown Asian players their first recognition. Look at where players like Wang Hao, Li Chao, Wesley So, Darwin Laylo and recently Yu YangYi are. All these players have made it to the World Cup.

Other players who made it through are all Chinese, Wang Yue, Yu YangYi and Wang Hao.

None of the three Indians , Surya Ganguly , Chanda Sandipan and Krishnan Sasikiran, survived. The Chinese players, Zhou Weiqi and Zhou JianChao are also out. However Li Chao still have a chance. He managed to win the second game to take it to tie-breakers.


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