WESLEY So defeated world champion Magnus Carlsen on Sunday in the Skilling Open final, the first tournament of the Champions Chess Tour 2021.
So bagged US$30,000 (around P1.4 million) from the $1.5 million prize fund.
The match was tied after four games before the 27-year-old Filipino Grandmaster, who now represents the US, won the blitz playoff against the Norwegian star, who turned 30 on Sunday.
“I have to apologize to Magnus for semi-ruining his birthday,” So said in a report by chess24.com.
So placed third in the preliminaries, defeated Teimour Radjabov in the quarterfinals, and Hikaru Nakamura in the semifinals.
Carlsen topped the 16-game preliminaries.