Filipino GM Wesley So will play against GM Pentala Harikrishna of India in the fifth round of the Corus B tournament in Holland. So currently has 2 points after four rounds and trails leaders Ni Hua of China and Anish Giri of Holland by a point. Harikrishna has 2.5 points.
The 23 year old Harikrishna (ELO 2672) became a grandmaster in 2001 at 15 years old. He is a product of India’s excellent chess training system being a former World Under-10 champion (1996) and a former World Junior Champion (2004).
In Tuesday’s battle of the prodigies, GM So played the black pieces against Indian GM Parimarjan Negi and wound up with a fourth draw in his fourth round game. Negi became the 2nd youngest GM in history at 13 yrs old in 2006. So became a grandmaster when he was 14, the youngest in Philippine history.
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