Grandmaster Wesley So is seeing action in the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour starting with the opening tournament, Skilling Open scheduled from Nov. 22 to 30.

The 27-year-old So, a two-time United States champion, was the seventh player invited in the online tournament that is considered the biggest, richest and most prestigious event in online chess.

Also confirming participation were China’s Ding Liren, Armenia’s Levon Aronian, Azerbaijan’s Teimour Radjabov, Spain’s David Anton, Russia’s Sergey Karjakin, and Vietnam’s Le Quang Liem.

A total of nine more players will be invited soon and there is a strong chance reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen is one of them.

The Cavite-born So is coming off a string of impressive performances including the US Championship more than a week ago where he blew away the competition to post one of the most dominant efforts in the history of the annual meet.

So emphatic was So’s finish that it was considered the third strongest performance behind the late great former world champion Bobby Fischer.

He recently brushed aside 15-year-old wonder Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan, 18-10, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Speed Chess Championship against the winner between US teammate and world No. 2 Fabiano Caruana and Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

Source: Manila Bulletin (