Filipino-American player Wesley So defeated Magnus Carlsen in the final tie-break series, thereby winning the Skilling Open fast chess tournament on the morning of December 1.

After the final, unbeatable first leg, Carlsen won the first game with black in the second leg. But, So equaled in the next game. They pulled each other into a series of tie-break lightning flags. There, So took white and won the first game, then drew in the second game to win the final.

Wesley So - the 2020 American champion - suddenly defeated Carlsen in the Skilling Open final.  He became the first player to win against Carlsen in the Champions Tour final.  Photo: Chess24

Wesley So – the 2020 American champion – suddenly defeated Carlsen in the Skilling Open final. He became the first player to win against Carlsen in the Champions Tour final. Image: Chess24

“First of all, I have to apologize for ruining Carlsen’s birthday,” said the Filipino-born player after the game. “I was shocked to win against Carlsen. Before the game, I just wanted to do my best to fight as much as I could. But, today is my day.”

Comparing $ 30,000 in prize money, and 46 points for Champions Tour 2020-2021. And Carlsen only received 15,000 USD and 30 points. Hikaru Nakamura and Ian Nepomniachtchi finished third and fourth, earning $ 7,500. Vietnam’s number one player Le Quang Liem ranked 10th and did not reach the quarterfinals, receiving $ 2,500 but not receiving Champions Tour points.

Skilling Open with a bonus fund of 100,000 USD, is the first leg of the Champions Tour 2020-2021 online fast chess super tournament. The Champions Tour has a $ 1.5 million bonus fund, created by Carlsen et al. This season last season was named Magnus Carlsen Tour, which ended with the championship for the Norwegian Chess King after he had won most of the leg. But in the second season, Carlsen, just 30 years old, collapsed on the first leg.

Xuan Binh


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