JUST IN: Fil-Am Wesley So battles Magnus Carlsen for Champions Chess Tour Crypto Cup title

Wesley So Magnus Carlsen battles Champions Chess Tour
Two-time Champions Chess Tour winner Wesley So goes for his third tour event title against world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Screengrabs from chess24.

Filipino American Grandmaster Wesley So is battling world champion Magnus Carlsen in the FTX Crypto Cup finals match-up between Tour No. 1 (Carlsen) and Tour No. 2 (So) of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

The Philippines-born So, the reigning United States Chess Champion, is campaigning for his third championship title at the ongoing world online tournament after beating Norwegian Carlsen twice – first at the Skilling Open Championship leg in November 2020 and then at the Opera Euro Rapid leg in February 2021.

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Wesley So cruised through the preliminaries, quarterfinals, and semifinals against declared World Champion contender Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia with a 29-games zero-loss scorecard to book a seat in the Crypto Cup finals with Carlsen who struggled with his own matches.

The highly-anticipated first Crypto Cup finals day on May 30, 2021 (May 31 Philippine Standard Time) yielded neck-to-neck results with So and Carlsen each with a win and drawing the other games for a scorecard of 2-2.

The FTX Crypto Cup champion and winner of the $220,000 prize pot with a bonus of $100,000 paid out in bitcoins will be decided on May 31 at 17:00 CEST.

The FTX Crypto Cup is the 6th and final major leg of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour organized by the Play Magnus Group. All games are played in the new chess24.com play zone.

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