Wesley So was the early pacesetter in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, beating Magnus Carlsen in the finals to win the Skilling Open and the Opera Euro Rapid. Magnus then played catch up, winning back-to-back titles in the New in Chess Classic and the FTX Crypto Cup. The Chessable Masters, which Magnus skipped as he was still in action in the FIDE World Cup, was Wesley’s chance to take the lead in events won, and he grabbed the opportunity.
US Chess Champion Wesley So came from behind on the final day of the Chessable Masters to defeat Liem Quang Le and claim a record 3rd title on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. “My goal is just to force Magnus to show up!” he said of his hopes of overhauling Magnus Carlsen in the overall tour standings during the next event. Meanwhile Vladislav Artemiev got revenge for his Goldmoney Asian Rapid final loss to Levon Aronian by snatching 3rd place.
His victory in the Prelims (10 points) and the Knockout (40 points) meant he picked up the maximum possible 50 points.
- Champions Chess Tour website
- All the games with computer analysis and commentary at chess24: Prelims | Knockout
- Chessable Masters features Ju Wenjun and Abhimanyu Mishra
- Chessable Masters 1: Wesley So top | Mishra’s baptism of fire
- Chessable Masters 2: Levon’s perfect day
- Chessable Masters 3: Wesley wins the prelims
- Chessable Masters 4: Aronian and Le lead
- Chessable Masters 5: Nakamura, Firouzja and Mamedyarov knocked out
- Chessable Masters 6: So and Le strike first
- Chessable Masters 7: Le survives Aronian comeback
- Chessable Masters 8: Wesley blows Liem away