Grandmaster Wesley So finished only fifth out of 10 participants in the Superbet Rapid and Blitz in Warsaw, Poland Monday night but still stayed at second in the Grand Chess Tour overall race.

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The Cavite-born woodpusher tallied 20.5 points built on 11 from rapid and 9.5 in blitz that earned him $15,000 or P784,000.

Polish star Jan-Krzysztof Duda topped the three-day event with 24 points including 12 from rapid and the other half from blitz ahead of Armenian-American Levon Aronian and Indian Vishwanathan Anand with 23.5 points apiece.

World No. 3 Fabiano Caruana of the United States was fourth with 23 points.

So’s recent effort came less than a week after a second-place finish in the Superbet Chess Classic in Bucharest, Romania behind eventual winner Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.

With his recent feat, So hiked his total GCT points and earnings to 16 and $82,667 behind Aronian with 19 and $95,167, respectively.

So hopes to improve on his current standings as he is also seeing action in the third leg—the $175,000 SuperUnited Rapid and Blitz Croatia slated July 18 to 25 in Zagreb.

Source: Manila Bulletin (