It had to happen sooner or later. GM Wesley So finally faltered in the World Juniors losing his eleventh round game to the surging international master Arik Braun of Germany. But the Filipino recovered somewhat by then drawing his penultimate game in the event against GM Eltaj Safarli to raise his score to 8 points.
England's GM David Howell and Indian grandmasters A. Gupta and Parimerjan Negi share the lead on 9 points, while Braun and Safarli are close behind on eight and a half.
Canberra's Gareth Oliver can be happy with his 5.5 points so far going into the last match tonight against yet another FM, Shaj Grover of India. In the eleventh round, Oliver beat Iceland's FM Gudmundur Kjartansson.
2008 World Junior Chess Championship
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Australia's only rep in the girls section has 4 points.