FILIPINO grandmaster Wesley So has stretched his unbeaten record to 60.
After staying unscathed in 56 games and winning the 13-round 2017 Tata Steel Masters Chess Tournament in The Netherlands last week, So resumed his streak by winning four out of four games playing for the Saint Louis Arch Bishops in the Professional Rapid Online Chess League.
According to reports, the Arch Bishops have a 3-1 score, with So in the lineup.
So far, So has officially risen to no. 3 in world FIDE rankings this February.
He is within reach of world no. 1 Magnus Carlsen and no. 2 Fabiano Caruana with his ELO rating of 2822. Carlsen has an ELO of 2838 at the end of the Tata Steel chessfest, while Caruana has 2827.
He gained 51 points over the last six months.
The 23-year-old So earned his points from his Tata Steel campaign, the Sinquefield Cup, the London Chess Classic and the Grand Chess Tour last year.
So is ahead of Vladimir Kramnik (2811), Maxine Vachier Lagrave (2796) and Viswanathan Anand (2786).
The Cavite-born So said he felt great after finishing ahead of Carlsen in the Tata Steel competition.
“It’s a huge thing to finish ahead of Magnus. He’s the best player in the world,” said So in an online interview with chessbase.com.
For now, So is getting ready for more tournaments ahead in an effort to improve his game every way possible.
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