Wesley So’s unbeaten streak stretched to 10 games today as the US Champ held onto a slim lead in the $100,000 Chessable Masters.
The American scored two wins before finishing with a quick draw to virtually assure himself a place in Monday’s knock out stage.
So is chasing the overall lead in the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and is the only player to have made the cut in every tournament so far.
He is one of three players still unbeaten. Vietnam’s speed specialist Liem Quang Le looked super sharp as he racked up an unbeaten 7/10 to sit joint second on the leaderboard.
Alongside Liem is Goldmoney Asian Rapid winner Levon Aronian who recovered from a shaky first day to rack up a remarkable four wins and a draw on Day 2.
Behind them is a group of three on 6.5/10 that includes the other unbeaten player, So’s fellow American Hikaru Nakamura.
Alireza Firouzja and Sharhriyar Mamedyarov occupy the other two spots and can be confident of making the cut tomorrow.
The rest of the field, however, are set for an almighty battle over the final five rounds of the prelim stage as they bid to make it into the quarter-finals.
Vladislav Artemiev, the losing finalist at last month’s Goldmoney Asian Rapid, was in serious danger but a Round 10 win helped his cause as he ended the day on 5.5/10.
The 12-year-old boy wonder Abhimanyu Mishra fought hard but had another day to put down as a learning experience and is yet to chalk up a win in this event.
The final five rounds of the prelim stage will take place tomorrow before eight are eliminated.
All matches in the Chessable Masters are hosted in chess24.com’s playzone and available to watch on the platform’s Twitch and YouTube channels for free.
The Chessable Masters is the penultimate leg of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour before the Finals event in San Francisco, where the ultimate winner will be crowned the world’s best online chess player.