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Grandmasters Wesley So and Magnus Carlsen, reigning world champion, share the 2020 Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz title. (Fischer Random / Nick Barton. File)

Reigning world Fischer Random champion Wesley So proved his victory in the Skilling Open last year was no fluke when he re-stamped his class over world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway to rule the Opera Euro Rapid of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour early Monday.

Tied at 2-all after the first 4-game match of the title series, So came through with a brilliant win right in the first game of their 2nd four-game series then deftly repulsed the repeated comebacks of the world classical titlist to prevail.

So, who is now representing the United Stated, had the chance to win the fourth game but opted for a safe draw for the win.

So wrapped up the title clash, 4.5-3.5, and pocketed the top purse of $30,000 (roughly P1.5 million)

So thrilled was the former No. 1 Filipino player he made a double fist pump after sealing the win.

And who would not be?

That was his ultimate aim – beating Carlsen.

Realizing his gesture was a no-no in chess, So apologized.

Not only that chess was a gentleman’s game, it also happed on Carlsen’s 30th birthday – and on a Valentine’s Day.

“I’d like to apologize to Magnus for ruining his Valentine’s Day,” said So.

After his misjudged sacrifice in the opener, Carlsen had good chances to strike back in the third and fourth, but So was ready for his attack – thanks to his opening game that boosted his confidence.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/02/15/wesley-so-gives-magnus-carlsen-a-valentines-day-heartbreak-in-opera-euro-rapid-finals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wesley-so-gives-magnus-carlsen-a-valentines-day-heartbreak-in-opera-euro-rapid-finals)