Wesley So wins third US Chess Championship title

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(CNN Philippines, October 20) — Grandmaster Wesley So successfully defended his US Chess Championship title after coming out on top of a three-way playoff tie.

The 28-year-old outclassed Fabiano Caruana and Sam Sevian in a rapid playoff held at the Saint Louis Chess Club in Missouri, USA Wednesday.

So, a Philippine-born American, won a cash prize of $50,000 (around ₱2.5 million) while Caruana and Sevian each took home $30,000 (around ₱1.5 million).

In the rapid playoff, the three played a round-robin tournament with a time control of 10 minutes with a two-second delay. The remaining ties were then broken by blitz games with a time control of three minutes and a two-second delay.

"I thought the tournament was pretty much over by yesterday, Fabiano almost won three games in a row. It just gave me a new breath of life that the tournament was not yet over, that I might still have some chances. I just wanted to play fast today and make some good moves," So said on chess.com.

So now has three US Chess titles under his name after winning his first in 2017.