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Wesley So Wins Univé Tournament With Round to Spare

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 10/25/13, 1:10 PM.

With one round to go it is clear who will win the 17th edition of the Univé Chess Tournament in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands: Wesley So. The Pinoy grandmaster beat Loek van Wely in round 4 and then drew with Robin van Kampen in round 5 to reach a score of 4.0/5, 1.5 points more than Van Kampen and Michael Adams, who beat Van Wely on Friday. Maxim Roshtein leads the Open group with one round to go.

Photos © Lennart Ootes courtesy of the tournament website

After the rest day, Wesley So made a big step towards tournament victory as he beat Loek van Wely for the second time, whereas his closest rival Robin van Kampen "dropped" half a point against Mickey Adams. With two rounds to go, So was on 3.5 points and Van Kampen on 2.

Even though he hasn't played too much chess this year, Van Wely isn't the kind of person to shy away from complications or sharp variations. It's a risky strategy, and against So it was clear that he was not as well prepared as his 21 years younger opponent. Interestingly, this specific line of the Anti-Moscow Gambit was played more than once at the 2011 Amber tournament, but 18.dxc5 was not a successful novelty as Black quickly took over the initiative. After another big mistake on move 26 the position was already lost.


On the other board, Van Kampen again played like an experienced GM and it was Adams, behind the white pieces, who had to be careful. The Englishman even had to give up a pawn to avoid trouble. At the end Van Kampen missed a small chance for an advantage, as his opponent told him after the game.

The next day So sucessfully defended his game with Van Kampen to a draw, and thus secured tournament victory with a round to spare. It wasn't easy though; in the quiet 4.d3 Berlin of the Ruy Lopez, White kept an advantage from move 1 until move 40.

The problem was that when I finally got a tangible advantage, I didn't have enough time to really delve into the position,

said Van Kampen. 

So on Twitter:

Another good game for Van Kampen against So, who got the draw he needed

Van Wely's tournament became a real disaster after another loss in round 5. The Dutchman, who went down against Michael Adams, is on a disappointing 1.0/5 and in last place.

Friday should have been Judgement Day. Adams should have been punished for his ill-placed draw offer in our first game.

said Van Wely.

I didn't need to lose that ending. It was unpleasant, but not a forced win for him. He was just playing for tricks, and then... I fell for one. Tomorrow against Van Kampen I will have no mercy!

Tournament director Jeroen van den Berg doesn't mind moving the demo board pieces himself


A tough tournament for Loek van Wely

Univé 2013 | Crown Group | Round 5 standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 So,Wesley 2706 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 11 4.0/5
2 Van Kampen,Robin 2607 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 2.5/5 6.25
3 Adams,Michael 2753 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½1 2.5/5 4.75
4 Van Wely,Loek 2693 0 ½ ½0 phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/5

In the open group Maxim Rodshtein of Israel is the sole leader with 7.0/8. In round 6 he drew with Erwin l'Ami rather quickly, and then he beat Michal Krasenkow:

Maxim Rodshtein

Another win followed in round 8, whereas Roshstein's main rival Viktor Moskalenko dropped half a point against Stewart Haslinger of England. The day before Moskalenko had made an end to what started as a very good tournament for Tania Sachdev of India:

Sachdev vs. Moskalenko

Univé 2013 | Open Group | Round 8 standings (top 30)

Rank Name Score Fed. Rating TPR W-We
1 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 7.0 ISR 2664 2793 +1.08
2 GM Moskalenko, Viktor 6.5 ESP 2520 2709 +1.95
3 GM L'Ami, Erwin 6.0 NED 2645 2613 -0.07
4 GM Haslinger, Stewart 6.0 ENG 2543 2556 +0.34
5 FM Goudriaan, Etienne 6.0 NED 2410 2535 +1.36
6 GM Krasenkow, Michal 5.5 POL 2640 2564 -0.49
7 GM Ernst, Sipke 5.5 NED 2573 2494 -0.57
8 IM Pancevski, Filip 5.5 MKD 2493 2381 -0.85
9 GM Levin, Felix 5.5 GER 2480 2510 +0.48
10 FM Van Kooten, Luuk 5.5 NED 2375 2400 +0.32
11 IM Donchenko, Alexander 5.0 GER 2479 2352 -1.06
12 IM Tania, Sachdev 5.0 IND 2438 2450 +0.16
13 IM Hendriks, Willy 5.0 NED 2407 2296 -1.05
14 FM Van Wessel, Rudy 5.0 NED 2388 2307 -0.72
15 FM Rooze, Jan 5.0 BEL 2355 2319 -0.36
16 FM Hopman, Pieter 5.0 NED 2338 2431 +0.93
17 FM Pel, Bonno 5.0 NED 2291 2450 +1.64
18 Kerigan, Demre 5.0 TUR 2288 2452 +1.68
19 WIM Zepeda, Lorena 5.0 ESA 2156 2375 +2.23
20 CM Lopez, Jasel 5.0 ARU 2130 2377 +2.49
21 IM Wagner, Dennis 4.5 GER 2481 2321 -1.50
22 IM Berkovich, Mark 4.5 ISR 2372 2183 -1.75
23 FM Schroeder, Jan-Christian 4.5 GER 2370 2326 -0.38
24 FM Okkes, Menno 4.5 NED 2351 2365 +0.25
25 IM De Jong, Migchiel 4.5 NED 2345 2399 +0.61
26 Van Foreest, Jorden 4.5 NED 2310 2268 -0.41
27 Englert, Fabian 4.5 GER 2290 2285 -0.04
28 Hulshof, Peter 4.5 NED 2206 2300 +1.02
29 Kollen, Zyon 4.5 NED 2188 2135 -0.48
30 Baskin, Robert 4.5 GER 2179 2283 +1.17

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  • 14 months ago

    switches

    yes...the filipino can compete...congrats wesley..another tough tournament..great job judith polgar...

  • 14 months ago

    Dariusthegreat102390

    job well done wesley... 

  • 14 months ago

    caissamendiola

    Congratulations! The country is very proud of your recent feat!

  • 14 months ago

    Jarbrafel

    a filipino pride!! congrats GRAND MASTER WESLEY SO!! WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU!!

  • 14 months ago

    nomex2600

    congratulations wesley! Mula dito sa Saudi Arabia

  • 14 months ago

    keithjoshua777

    Kudos to GM Wesley So,for winning this chess event. I'm sure many Filipinos are happy for your feat, specially the Filipino chessplayers. Our country and its people are very proud of you.

  • 14 months ago

    torrestar

    Congrats Wesley So proud to be a Filipino.

  • 14 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Go So! 

  • 14 months ago

    gregdocot

    Congrats! Job well done, Wesley! Hope to see more.  

  • 14 months ago

    wrothgar

    Great job!!!

  • 14 months ago

    barn1006

    Wesley Maraming maraming salamat sa pagkapanalo mo sa Unive' chess tournament...marami na namang mga dugong Pinoy ang mabubuhay kahit pa-laos na sa chess..

  • 14 months ago

    dancentino

    Congrats Wesley!

  • 14 months ago

    ragequitter

    brace yourselves proud to be Filipino comments are coming.

  • 14 months ago

    jocelasi

    Bravo!  You made Filipinos proud again.

  • 14 months ago

    unitednotions

    Great job, Wesley

  • 14 months ago

    albatrosses

    Need to work harder to play competitive chess and not accept 3 move draws.

  • 14 months ago

    dom_bottle

    Congratulations Wesley! Keep it up.

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