Grandmaster Wesley So split the point with Russian Alexander Grischuk in 21 moves of a Queen’s Gambit Declined to stay in the title hunt after six rounds in the Saint Louis Rapid 2020 held online Wednesday.
The draw put the Minnesota-based So in a tie with Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi with eight points in the tournament giving two points for a win, half a point for a draw and zero for a loss.
Reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen, who topped the Fischer Random side of the tournament a few days back, dismantled Indian Pentala Harikrishna’s Caro-kann Defense in 58 moves to stay on top with nine points.
The 26-year-old So was playing Nepomniachtchi, Harikrishna and Armenian Levon Aronian in the last three rounds at press time with hopes of finishing strong after a fifth-place finish in the Fischer-Random event a few days ago.
In that tournament, So had a chance to tie for first with a win in the final round but failed to deliver after yielding to teenage sensation Iranian Alireza Firouzja.
After the rapid, the tournament will proceed with the 18-round blitz competition today and tomorrow.