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    Wesley So edges Magnus Carlsen in blitz playoff for Skilling Open title

    Dec 1, 2020
    PHOTO: frchess.com

    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.

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