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Wesley So wins World Fischer Random Chess Championship 2019

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Wesley So, born in Bacoor City in Cavite, Philippines, won against Magnus Carlsen in this year’s World Fischer Random Chess Championship at the Henie Onstad Art Center, Norway on Saturday, November 2 (Sunday, November 3, PH time). He was officially crowned as the new king of Fischer Random.

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Photo from FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship website.

Wesley So, who represented the Philippines before leaving the country to play for the United States in 2014, tied on the first game and won second and final round in the final showdown of the three-day title series.

So and Carlsen shakes their hands with each other
So and Carlsen shakes their hands with each other | Photo from Lennart Ootes/Chess.com

I’m very happy! It’s my favorite type of chess, and it hasn’t been popular until the last couple of years. I usually win tournaments the first time and never again. Magnus had a bad couple of days if it was regular chess he would probably have beaten me easily,” So said in an interview with NRK. “To me, mainly chess is art – that’s why I like Fischer Random a lot, there is a lot of creativity.

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Wesley So | Photo from Maria Emelianova/Chess.com

So also said that people also loved playing chess because of Carlsen, the first winner of the previous World Fischer Random Chess Championship. He also mentioned that he was happy to be this year’s world champion “but it doesn’t change much“.

You can watch the replay for the final match between So and Carlsen in this year’s Fischer Random Chess Championship here. Have a look!

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