Filipino American Super Grandmaster (SGM) Wesley So started strong in the top 4 after day 1 at the FTX Crypto Cup of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, the world’s first bitcoin chess tournament.
The Cavite-born Wesley So is actually sharing the same 3.5 scorecards with fellow American player Hikaru Nakamura and Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, a half-point behind tourney leader Dutchman Anish Giri, but the match points placed So at the 4th spot at the close of the five rounds of online chess games on May 23, 2021 (May 24 Philippine Standard Time).
So won against Russians Alexander Grischuk and Daniil Dubov before drawing with world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Nakamura, and Alireza Firouzja of Iran.
So is vying for his third title at the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour after besting World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen twice – first at the Skilling Open Championship leg in November 2020 and more recently at the Opera Euro Rapid leg in February.
The former GM of the Philippines is looking to regain his solo lead of the tour where he is ranked No. 2 just $5,000 behind Carlsen.
The FTX Crypto Cup, the sixth and final Major leg of the 2021 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour season, carries a prize pot of $220,000 in cash and $100,000 paid in crypto coins to the winner of the 16-man tourney.
The Crypto Cup runs for 9 game days from May 23-May 31 and is broadcast on TV2, Eurosport, and online streaming platforms Twitch and YouTube across multiple platforms.
Wesley So is also currently sponsoring the ongoing first Reinforced Professional Chess Tournament in the Philippines named in his honor.
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