GM Wesley So triumphed on the inaugural Chess.com International Championship, defeating GM Nihal Sarin within the remaining with two video games to spare. Unfazed by a few current performances, So confirmed us what it means to be a grandmaster of his caliber, coming again to achieve one of many prime achievements of his profession. Amazingly, So appeared to get stronger with every of his matches―regardless of the top-notch competitors―clinching the championship with one among his greatest video games of the occasion.
Maybe to assist swap up his method, Nihal selected a brand new method to heat up for his video games at present: desk tennis.
— Mike Klein (@ChessMike) November 7, 2022
The fast-paced nature of ping-pong appears optimum for a participant to clear their head earlier than embarking on an exercise as thought-intensive as chess. Certainly, there was new life in Nihal’s play at present, particularly within the first duel of the day. In sport 5, he revisited the dynamic and unorthodox Trendy Protection to realize successful probabilities with the black items.
Contrastingly, So selected a really totally different method―much more chess in on-line blitz―to heat up for at present’s video games. This appeared to contribute to his sharp type, particularly by the final sport of the day.
“I did some warmup blitz at present on https://t.co/eRo9eg2Fr3. I additionally misplaced my first couple of video games. Possibly the warmup helped!”
— ChesscomLive (@ChesscomLive) November 7, 2022
Sport six was a spectacular expression of So’s exact and resourceful defensive skills, usually utilizing the king itself to fend off Nihal’s assault. This championship-clinching battle is our Sport of the Day, annotated by GM Rafael Leitao.
So takes residence the $200,000 grand prize―the biggest ever prize of his profession―together with the dazzling championship trophy.
Within the post-match interview, So shared his favourite second and largest takeaway from the occasion: “Profitable this one definitely. Simply hold making an attempt. I simply completed a match. Reykjavik did not go effectively. I completed in sixth place. So it is good to win on occasion.”
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Prize Pool Standings
The 2022 Chess.com International Championship (CGC) is the primary Chess.com international championship cycle open to all Chess.com verified gamers. Gamers compete in official Chess.com verified occasions for his or her share of the $1,100,000 prize fund and the Chess.com International Champion title.
Chess legends, corresponding to GMs Viswanathan Anand, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Vladimir Kramnik, and Veselin Topalov, compete towards at present’s greatest (on-line) gamers, together with GMs Hikaru Nakamura, Ding Liren, Levon Aronian, and Jan-Krzysztof Duda, and extra.
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