American Filipino chess grandmaster Wesley So has picked up the pieces after a disappointing U.S. Chess Championship showing in St. Louis earlier this month.
The tension still exists with family, but the drama and excitement is all on the board, So told me in an e-mail interview.
At the Gashimov Memorial, one of the world’s major chess tourneys, So trails tourney leader Magnus Carlsen, the World’s No. 1 by just half a point.
So kept pace when action started up. In Round 6, both men drew their matches. The next big moment may be Round 8, when So is scheduled to face Carlsen.
In my e-mail exchange with So during the break, he told me why he has been playing to form:
Q:You’re playing well in Azerbaijan. Why do you think?
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