Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2020 07:46:08 +0000
By Kristel Satumbaga
Grandmaster Wesley So, who is now representing the United States, pocketed the top prize of $40,000 (roughly P2 million) after regaining the 2020 United States Chess Championship crown held online on Friday (Thursday in the US).
Opting to play safe, So, the country’s former No. 1 player, drew his final round against Hikaru Nakamura to win the premier event.
The two agreed to halve the point after 30 moves of a Nimzo-Indian game.
It was a performance to remember for the Minnesota-based So as he re-stamped his class in the event he first won three years back.
He finished the 11-round competition with nine points on seven wins and four draws.
“It feels really great, it means a lot to me to win the title as US champion. Winning a second title is really big to me,” said Soin an interview by the tournament’s official online broadcast.