BREAKING NEWS: Wesley So wins 1st United States Clutch Chess Champions Showdown

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Wesley So Clutch Chess Champions Showdown
Wesley So becomes the first titleholder of the U.S. Clutch Chess Champions Showdown. Photo from Wesley So Facebook.

BREAKING NEWS: Wesley So has won the first edition of the Clutch Chess Champions Showdown between the top American Grandmasters.

The Philippine-born Wesley So took the title on Friday, May 29, 2020 (Saturday morning, May 30, Philippine Time) after winning the Round 11th final game against World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana.

Wesley So won the Clutch Chess Champions Showdown as he had the better tiebreaks for winning more clutch games.

So won the online blitz tournament in which the four best United States Grandmasters — Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, and Leinier Dominguez — compete in a knockout event held from May 26-29.

The new tournament format created by Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and organized by the St. Louis Chess Center had Wesley So leading after day 1 of the finals.

Filipino-American Wesley So and the Italian-born Caruana competed for the $30,000 top purse of the Clutch Chess Champions Showdown.

Wesley So is also the world’s first Fischer Random Chess Champion after beating World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in front of his home crowd in Norway in 2019.

So had earlier played at the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge and eventually bowed out in favor of Carlsen.

Wesley So again plays Magnus Carlsen in round 1 of the next Clutch Chess tournament starting June 6.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Wesley So for winning the 1st United States Clutch Chess Champions Showdown.

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