World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen took over the lead in the Gashimov Memorial in Azerbaijan with a win over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
The win gives him a half point advantage over American Filipino chess hero Wesley So, who lost his fifth round match.
Just a mild set back for So, who had won his fourth round game vs. Rauf Mamedov. That full point win gave So a momentary advantage over the rest of the field.
The tourney still seems destined for a big match between So and the World No. 1, Magnus Carlsen of Norway.
So’s strong play in Azerbaijan is a real switch from the previous week in the U.S., where he uncharacteristically lost three games and forfeited a fourth at the U.S. Championships.
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