Wesley So spoilt two completely winning positions in a row against Hikaru Nakamura but still held on to draw all four games on Day 2 of their semi-final and reach the final of the $100,000 Skilling Open. His opponent will be World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who admitted “frankly I’m not playing that great” after another tough day at the office against Ian Nepomniachtchi. After several near misses the day before, the Russian finally won Saturday’s first game, but Magnus hit back in the next game and reached yet another online final.

Wesley So: “A very confusing day”

After the quarterfinals in which three of the four Day 1 losers came back to win, you might have considered Hikaru Nakamura the favourite to make a comeback against Wesley So. Few people in world chess are better at protecting a lead than Wesley, however, so if you just heard that there were four draws on Day 2 of the semi-finals you might assume he’d managed to drain all the life out of the positions and ease his way into the final. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Hikaru made his intentions clear in the first game of the day, when instead of playing his usual solid Berlin Defence against 1.e4 he went for a Ruy Lopez with 3…a6 and 4…g6, an opening he seems never to have tried before in a top-level game. It soon backfired, however, since Wesley was close to winning in 15 moves and could have put the finishing touches to the game on move 31.

Before that we also have a full program of events starting with a Q&A session with 8-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler at 14:00 CET.

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Skilling Open games: Prelims | Knockout
  • The King’s Gambit: Magnus Carlsen launches $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour
  • What’s new in the Champions Chess Tour?
  • Nakamura and Firouzja complete Skilling Open lineup
  • Introducing the new Skilling Open commentary teams
  • Skilling Open 1: Giri leads mouse-slipping Carlsen
  • Skilling Open 2: Giri still leads after Karjakin beats Carlsen
  • Skilling Open 3: Firouzja heartbreak as Carlsen wins prelims
  • Skilling Open QF1: Naka, Giri, Nepo and So in danger
  • Skilling Open QF2: Day of the Comebacks
  • Skilling Open SF1: Carlsen and So seize the lead
Jun 16, 2016

Sergey Karjakin vs Magnus Carlsen in Bilbao

The leading competition within the event Bilbao Chess in July 9th, will host the only duel between the reigning world chess champion, the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, and the official challenger to the title, the Russian Serguéi Kariakin, before they meet again in New York next November in a fight for the universal title.

Thanks to this world exclusive encounter, Bilbao and its Grand Slam Masters Final is one of the top events in this year’s international chess calendar, along with the individual World Championship.

Bilbao’s international status as a chess capital will be further boosted by the strongest competitive line-up in recent years. The reigning and twice world champion Carlsen and his Russian challenger (a status which has been fully merited by Kariakin after his recent win at the Candidates Tournament in Moscow, in which he defeated the rest of the world’s elite, including the champion Anand), will be joined by the winner of last year’s event, the American of Philippine origin Wesley So, Anish Giri, the Dutch grand master who was defeated by the latter in the 2015 tie-break and the American of Japanese origin Hikaru Nakamura, all of whom are ranked among the top ten in the world, who will also fight to win the Masters Final prestigious txapela.

And alongside these well-renowned young grand masters, who are all in their twenties, the rising star of world chess: Yi Wei, the 16-year-old Chinese teenager, who is already the Olympic and absolute champion in his country, the sport’s new world power.

Thanks to the renewed support of the Bilbao City Council and the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, alongside other public and corporate sponsors, the 9th Chess Masters Final, a tournament which is part of the event Bilbao Chess 2016, returns to its original format of six players. It will take place between 13 and 23 July, and the Campos Elíseos Theatre will once again host the tournament for the second consecutive year, after last year’s success.

Located in the centre of the theatre’s seating area, known as “La Bombonera” of Bilbao, which has been converted and prepared for the event, in an unusual image for international chess tournaments, the Masters Final will be surrounded by approximately 140 competitors, professionals and enthusiasts, who will all fight for victory at one of the most compelling open tournaments taking place this year in the city, the 9th Villa de Bilbao Open.

Feb 07, 2021

Magnus Carlsen leads at Opera Euro Rapid

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen began the Opera Euro Rapid with a loss to US Champion Wesley So, but he stormed back to win the next four games in a row and end the first day as the sole leader. Wesley and Ian Nepomniachtchi are half a point behind after what Magnus called “an awesome day of chess” on which Teimour Radjabov was the only one of the 16 players to avoid defeat. Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk and Ding Liren are among the stars who would be eliminated if the 3-day preliminary stage ended now.

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour homepage
  • Live games from the Opera Euro Rapid Prelims
  • Magnus Carlsen tops 16-player Opera Euro Rapid line-up
  • So vs. Carlsen as Opera Euro Rapid starts Saturday
Jun 01, 2021

Magnus Carlsen wins FTX Crypto Cup final

Magnus Carlsen let out a roar of joy and talked of “massive, massive relief” as he beat Wesley So in Armageddon to win the FTX Crypto Cup and book a place in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals in San Francisco. Magnus won the first game of the final day but Wesley hit back straight away and then took the lead when Magnus blundered in the first blitz playoff. It looked as if the World Champion would lose a 3rd final to the US Champion, but Magnus stormed back to win the next two games and claim the title. Ian Nepomniachtchi took 3rd place after four fighting games against Teimour Radjabov.

So that’s all for the FTX Crypto Cup! We hope you’ve enjoyed the action and our coverage on chess24.

For some of the players, including Teimour Radjabov and Wesley So, there are just four days to go until the Superbet Chess Classic, the first event on this year’s Grand Chess Tour, begins in Bucharest, Romania. It’s a 10-player classical over-the-board event, with Wesley noting it’s 17 months since he last played over-the-board! Stay tuned to all the action here on chess24.

See also:

  • Meltwater Champions Chess Tour website
  • FTX Crypto Cup games with computer analysis and commentary: Prelims, Knockout
  • Carlsen-Nepo as full Top 10 play $320,000 FTX Crypto Cup
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 1: Giri leads as Carlsen struggles
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 2: Carlsen plays 1.b4 as race blown wide open
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 3: Carlsen-Naka in QFs as Magnus & Nepo scrape through
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 4: Carlsen and Caruana stage comebacks
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 5: Are we headed for a Carlsen-Nepo preview?
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 6: Mosquitoes and Radjabov bite back
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 7: Carlsen and So meet in 3rd final
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 8: Carlsen and So trade crushing blows