Wesley So emerged victorious against world champ Magnus Carlsen

Cavite-born Wesley So tramples long-reigning chess world champion Magnus Carlsen to remain within striking distance in the 2020 Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX.

/ 15 September 2020

So emerged victorious against Carlsen in the fifth round of the elite online chess tourney Champions Showdown to earn him 4.0 points.

After a humbling defeat in the inaugural World Fischer Random Championship last November, Carlsen hoped to avenged his loss to So.

However, after blundering with a queen move Carlsen was left defeated to hand the victory to So.

He now joins Carlsen and fellow Team USA member Hikaru Nakamura in pursuit of leading Levon Aronian who swept three games from rounds four to six earning him 4.5 points.

Aronian trounced prime suspect Alireza Firouzja, Peter Svidler of Russia, and Leinier Dominguez Perez of the United States in succession to claim the top spot from Carlsen and Dominguez.

Dominguez, on the other hand, slipped to 4th place with 3.5 points.

So ended the fourth and sixth rounds with a draw against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and world No. 2 Fabiano Caruana respectively.

While Carlsen drew with Nakamura in the fourth and beat Firouzja in the sixth.

57-year-old and legend Garry Kasparov lost to Caruana and Nakamura in the fourth and sixth rounds and managed a draw with Dominguez in the fifth to earn him 2.0 points.