Leuven GCT, Day 5: Wesley wins final day thriller
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Leuven GCT, Day 5: Wesley wins final day thriller

Wesley So has won the 2018 Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour after an extraordinary final round in which he was “about to cry” after losing to Hikaru Nakamura only to realise that both his rivals Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Sergey Karjakin had lost as well. That meant that after finishing second to Magnus Carlsen in 2016 and 2017 he’d won the first event in the 2018 Grand Chess Tour, taking $37,500 and 13 points for sole first place. Karjakin and MVL still shared second place despite their disappointment.

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