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MANILA — Grandmaster Wesley So of the Philippines put his title bid in peril after he lost last Monday (Jan. 20) to Cuban Grandmaster (GM) Leinier Dominguez in the 8th round of the 76th Tata Steel Tournament Masters in the Netherlands.

So was outwitted by Dominguez in just 21 moves of Petroff Defense to drop to a share of sixth to 8th places with four points.

So needs to win his last three matches to finish decently in the prestigious tournament.

The Filipino woodpusher was tied with GM Loek Van Wely of Netherlands and GM Pentala Harikrishna of India.

Top seed GM Levon Aronian of Armenia remained on top with 6 points after splitting the point with GM Anish Giri of Netherlands in 48 moves of Catalan Opening.

GM Sergey Karjakin of Russia, however, inched closer to Aronian with 5.5 points for solo second after beating GM Boris Gelfand of Israel in 60 moves of Sicilian Defense.

Dominguez’s win over So improved his record to 5 points for a tie at third to fifth places with Giri and GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy. (Manila Bulletin)