Exciting Clashes Ahead: 2023 SGM Wesley So Cup Division Championships Nears its Grand Finale

Wesley So Grand Finale
Experience the thrill of the 2023 SGM Wesley So Cup Division Championships as top Filipino chess teams battle for the grand title. Follow the journey of defending champions and emerging contenders in this prestigious tournament, named after Super Grand Master Wesley So. Wesley So photo from Saint Louis Chess Club/Grand Chess Tour. Official logos from chess teams via PCAP.

The stage is set for the electrifying division finals of the 2023 SGM Wesley So Cup, part of the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines’ (PCAP) 3rd conference. The highly-anticipated matches will determine which teams will advance to the Grand Champion title match.

In the Northern Division, defending champions Pasig City King Pirates are up against the formidable San Juan Predators. Both teams hail from Metro Manila and boast an impressive season record of 23 wins and only 2 losses. The Pasig City team, eager to retain their title, secured their spot in the finals after winning over Laguna PECA on December 2. The Predators, on the other hand, earned their chance by overcoming the BNU Cavite Spartans in their semifinal showdown.

The Southern Division finals feature an exciting Visayas derby. The Toledo-Xignex Trojans, with their 22-3 win-loss record, face off against the 2021 Wesley So Cup champions, the Iloilo Kisela Knights. Toledo clinched their finals berth by defeating the Davao Durianburg Stallions, while Iloilo earned their spot after outplaying the Surigao Fianchetto Checkmates.

The division finals consist of two sets of team match-ups. Winners from each division will progress to the Grand Final, vying for the prestigious title of 2023 SGM Wesley So Cup Grand Champion. This tournament, featuring 24 teams, began on September 23 and showcases the best of Filipino professional chess talent.

This tournament, named after Super Grand Master Wesley So, a three-time United States Chess Champion and two-time Grand Chess Tour Champion, highlights his enduring legacy in the chess world. So, who began his chess journey in the Philippines before moving to the United States, continues to inspire and support chess development in his home country.

Catch the much-awaited 2023 SGM Wesley So Cup Grand Finals on December 6, 2023, at 7 pm. Fans can experience the thrill of the matches live on the PCAP Facebook page.

Don’t miss the chance to witness chess history in the making! Follow the action live and show your support for your favorite teams. Share your excitement and predictions with us on social media using #SGMWesleySoCup2023. Let’s celebrate the brilliance of Filipino chess together!

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