Filipino American Wesley So is first Chess.com Global Champion
TORONTO, Canada – Filipino American grandmaster Wesley So won the inaugural Chess.com Global Championship, defeating Indian GM sensation Nihal Sarin in the final with two games to spare.
Exploiting his strong bishop pair, the Bacoor, Cavite-born So prevailed in Game 7 to grab the upper hand against the favored Nakamura, Rappler repported.
Pushed into a must-win situation, Nakamura employed his pet King’s Indian Defense in the eighth and last game of their semifinal match but to no avail as So played well.
It was Nakamura, the newly crowned Fischer Random Chess world champion, who eventually blundered a rook, giving So another win and an overall 5-3 victory.
The first four games on Friday ended in draws and so did the first two games on Saturday.