Chess prodigy So slips to second spot in Corus tilt
01/26/2009 06:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Top seed Grandmaster Wesley So of the Philippines came stumbling down from the top of the 71st Corus Chess Tournament with a shocking defeat at the hands of lower-ranked GM Frank Holzke of Germany on Sunday.

The eighth-round defeat relegated So down to second spot with five points based on three wins, four draws and a single loss in Group C of the tournament held at De Moriaan Community Centre in Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands.

So is now a full point behind his former co-leader GM Tiger Hillarp Persson of Sweden, who downed GM Manuel Leon Hoyos of Mexico to gain the solo lead.

So gave up a knight in the end-game cost him the match as the 15-year old Filipino chess prodigy was forced to resign.

So, however, remains half a point ahead of third placers GM David Howell (No.2) of England, IM Manuel Bosboom of the Netherlands and GM Abhiit Gupta of India.

The Cavite-based So will meet No. 14 seed IM Ali Bitalzadeh of host The Netherlands in the ninth round with hopes of recovering from that upset loss. – GMANews.TV

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