Wesley So crashes Carlsen's 30th birthday party to win the Skilling Open
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Wesley So crashes Carlsen's 30th birthday party to win the Skilling Open

"I have to apologize to Magnus for semi-ruining his birthday!" said Wesley So after winning a blitz playoff to clinch 1st place and the $30,000 top prize in the Skilling Open, the first event on the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour. The World Champion's 30th birthday seemed to be going perfectly when he won the 1st game of the day with the black pieces, but Wesley hit back in Game 2 and survived a wild 3rd game. Magnus repeated his World Championship match trick of taking a quick draw to reach a playoff, but for once he fell short. (MORE LATER)




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