The Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) Golden Classic tournament is in full swing in this week in Bergamo, Italy. After three rounds of play, Grandmaster Wesley So is dominating in a series of tough games and currently leads the tournament 2.5/3 points. His game from round one, although on the short side at 23 moves and ending in a draw, was a hard fought battle of wits between the two GMs.
The second game, played against Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi, showed fighting spirit on the part of the challenger, but as is mentioned in the commentary (courtesy of Chessbase), the game was essentially over after move 20 when a series of blunders let Wesley wipe him across the board.
Perhaps the most interesting game so far has been Wesley’s third round game against Daniele Vocaturo. This was the first time that the two met each other across a chessboard and it provides some very interesting variations on both sides.