So advances but Sadorra crashes out
Grandmaster Wesley So advanced while GM Julio Catalino Sadorra tumbled out of the World Chess Cup 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
After winning Game 1, the Cavite-born So, now representing the US, settled for a draw with Colombian International Master Joshua Daniel Ruiz Castillo in Game 2 Monday night to barge into the round of 64 via a 1.5-0.5 victory.
After dropping Game 1, Sadorra drew with Russian GM Maxim Matlakov in Game 2 and yielded their match, also by 1.5-0.5 score.
Top seed GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway beat Nigerian Fide Master Oluwafemi Balogun anew for a 2-0 triumph that sent him to the second round with So, Matlakov, and 39 others.
The 22 other slots in the next round will be decided by tiebreaks.—ROY LUARCA