Wesley So storms to victory in Paris Rapid & Blitz
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Wesley So storms to victory in Paris Rapid & Blitz

Wesley So won 4 of his last 5 games as he clinched the Paris Rapid & Blitz with a round to spare and finished a full 3 points clear of Ian Nepomniachtchi in 2nd place. Wesley commented “today was just my day” after he scored 7/9, beating Alireza Firouzja’s 6.5/9 the day before and clinching first place in the blitz as well as the overall prize. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alireza Firouzja scored an underwhelming 50% on the final day, but shared 3rd place. Vladimir Kramnik won his last two games, but couldn’t avoid finishing last.

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