Wesley So outlasts reigning chess champion Magnus Carlsen

Filipino chess star Wesley So kicked off The Grand Chess Tour by defeating World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen on Thursday 9th June. The game was all about surprising hits, unseen threat and ultimate blitz. So, 22, grabbed the opportunity when Carlsen apparently froze still in a winning position and conceded the win to world’s no 10 rated player.

The Grand Chess Tour is world-wide popular event where two top players are rewarded with $1 million worth tour prize based on their final standings. The first set of game is currently taking place in La Maison de la Chimie in Paris, France. Second set “Your Next Move” will be June 17-20 and third set of tour Sinquefield Cup will be August 4-16. Final round will take place in London December 8-19.

So, who presently holds a 2770 of Elo Ratting, has lost 4 times in 2015 championship. Arbiter in the last game favoured Varuzhan Akobian – his opponent who said So, was disturbing him by writing self-reminders when the game was on.

“I wouldn’t call it luck. I gave them opportunities to make mistakes,” So was quoted by the Grand Chess Tour Twitter account regarding his strong start.

This year’s game is more about timing, which has the time limit of 25 minutes each to finish. And So, for the first time defeated Carlsen in this type of time control. In 2015 Carlsen conquered So in Sinquefield Cup in the time format of 90 minutes with 30 seconds increment and 40 moves to make each.

In 2012 Olympiad, So, played for Philippines where he remained in top 3 until last two rounds. While, 2013 he brought first and the only gold medal for Philippines. After that he shifted to United States Chess Federations in urge to become world chess champion, which is his dream.

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