PNS- Grandmaster Wesley So agreed to another draw, this time against GM Yuriy Ajrapetjan of Ukraine, to remain in a tie for 17th to 36th places after the eighth round of the Aeroflot Chess Festival 2009 at the Hotel Gamma-Delta in Moscow. So, who is hoping to barge into the Top 20 in this prestigious, 78- player tournament, tried to initiate complications despite playing the disadvantageous black pieces but eventually settled for a draw by repetition of moves in 35 moves. The 15-year-old Filipino champion has a rook, bishop and five pawns against Ajrapetjan’s rook, bishop and four pawns when the game was agreed drawn. Although ahead by one pawn, So repeated his rook move three times with a check on the Ukrainian player’s king mainly due to white’s passed pawn on the h-file.
Bacrot, seeded second with an ELO of 2722, outclassed GM Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia to improve his total to 5.5 points. Joining Bacrot are GMs Alexander Moiseenko of Ukraine, Borki Predojevic of Bosnia, Vladimir Potkin of Russia, Jianchao Zhou of China, Sergey Zhilgalko of Belarus, Weiqi Zhou of China and Kurnosov. In the ninth and final round, So will go for the all-important win against GM Zaven Andriasian of Armenia. Andriasdian (ELO 2564) pulled the rug form under GM Li Chao of China in the eighth round.
In Divison A-2, IM Richard Bitoon overwhelmed IM Nikolay Konovalov of Russia to climb into a share of 22nd to 38 th places with 4.5 points. Bitoon’s final-round opponent is GM Alexander Potapov (ELO 2456) of Russia. In Division B, Haridas Pascua capped his campaign with a win over WGM Baira Kovanova. Pascua’s 9-round aggregate of 6 points landed him in 15th place overall, out of 80 participants. The other RP bet, Jan Emmanuel Garcia, split the point with Danila Belousov of Russia in his final outing to tally 5 points and place 24 th overall