Chess: After US Championship win, Wesley So will only get stronger

  • Page Views 53592
  • Wesley So captured the US Chess Championship, defeating Alexander Onischuk 1.5-0.5 in a playoff in St. Louis, Missouri on Monday.

    So, 23, went undefeated in the 11-round tournament proper, but ended up tied with Onischuk atop the standings with 7.0 points.

    During the extra session, the Bacoor, Cavite-born grandmaster solidified his stature as one of the best in the world, dominating the 1st rapid match using white pieces and coming from behind on black to force a draw in the 2nd and seal the title.

    “I really wanted to win this one this year . . . because it’s the strongest national competition in the world,” So told the Star Tribune. “All the great (US) players have won this one.”

    Besides Onischuk, the 2006 US champion who is 18 years So’s senior, former winners Gata Kamsky, Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana participated in the tournament held at Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

    So defeated Onischuk in their 1st meeting and halved the point with the other 3. He took home $50,000 for winning the championship.

    Joey Villar, chess insider for the Philippine Star, said So made winning look easy against a veteran field.

    “For him to top that event, it’s impressive,” Villar said, “He is unbeatable right now.”

    Grandmaster Maurice Ashley told the Star Tribune: “(So is) very hard to beat, very levelheaded, very practical, and he’s growing in front of us. Imagine how strong he’s going to be in two years.”

    Tested in various top-notch competitions, So, currently No. 2 in the world, is setting his sights on the top ranking, now held by Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, whom So defeated at last year’s Grand Chess Tour in Paris.

    Villar said it’s only a matter of time before So replaces Carlsen at the summit.

    “He has beaten practically everybody and won almost every tournament he participated in,” Villar said.

    “The only thing stopping him from becoming a world champion is if he decides to change sport or the world ends today.” (abs-cbn sports)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 11 October 2019
      1 week ago No comment

      RICHARD, SARAH TO TAKE VIEWERS ON THEIR WEDDING JOURNEY

      Details on their wedding to be revealed on various ABS-CBN shows… Fans are invited to Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati’s journey to forever as the showbiz couple will soon appear in various ABS-CBN shows and other Kapamilya multimedia platforms to reveal details about their much-anticipated wedding in March 2020. ...

    • 11 October 2019
      1 week ago No comment

      MAJA SALVADOR WINS BEST ACTRESS AWARD IN 1st ASIA CONTENTS AWARDS

      Only winner from the Philippines! Maja Salavador bagged the first ever Best Actress award for drama in the 1st Asia Contents Awards held in in Busan, South Korea, for her portrayal of the lead character in the hit Philippine TV series, “Wildflower.” Salvador, who is also the lone winner ...

    • 11 October 2019
      1 week ago No comment

      Movie Review:The Men’s Room

      Boys Night out! Please don’t confuse the title The Men’s Room with your local WC. Even though there is a bit of washroom/locker room style dialogue in This drama that would be completely missing the point. Watch and learn as a group of some 25 or so Norwegian men ...

    • 11 October 2019
      1 week ago No comment

      Movie Review: The Rabbi Goes West

      Wagons Ho! Religion can be a source of good or evil. Out to make amends and spread the good word of God is a free-spirited messenger on a perilous mission in The Rabbi Goes West. Straight from New York to of all places remote Montana our bearded one takes ...

    • 11 October 2019
      1 week ago No comment

      JUDY ANN’S MUCH-AWAITED TV COMEBACK TEACHES LOVE FOR FAMILY AND FORGIVENESS, FULFILLS WISHES IN “STARLA”

      A timely offering this Christmas season… The much-awaited television comeback of Judy Ann Santos brings another heart-tugging story about hope, love for family, forgiveness, and granting the heart’s deepest wishes in the primetime teleserye “Starla,” which premieres on October 7. The series follows a father-daughter relationship and a mission ...

    %d bloggers like this: