The only man standing in the way of Wesley So who takes a place in the semifinals of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Chess Challenge is the number 1 in the world who has a big ax against the Philippines-born star.
The Norwegian Magnus Carlsen is the reigning world champion in standard, speed and lightning, who suffered an embarrassing defeat at the end of last year due to the filmmaker's grand master.
So Carlsen, who is recognized as a rock star of his sport because of his appearance, his charisma and his playing style, will do everything to avenge and avenge So & # 39; s scalp, for which he described himself as "deeply ashamed".
Carlsen defeated the Fischer Random Chess World Championship directly in his home in Oslo.
Now they are crossing again, albeit online, in a royal rumble among the 12 elite players in the sport to circumvent the limitations of the Coronavirus Disease Pandemic (COVID-19).
Carlsen recovered shortly before the end and secured a place in Final 8 by defeating 16-year-old Iranian prodigy Alireza Firouzja in the 11th and final round of the preliminary round last Friday.
So and Carlsen start their knockout games on Sunday evening (Manila time) for a place in the semi-finals.
The 26-year-old So, who has been wearing American colors since 2014, is currently number 8 in the world. After the preliminary rounds of the $ 150,000 tournament, he finished third to sixth.
Born in the province of Cavite, where he started his love affair with playing chess in parks. So So represented the United States at board of the 42nd Chess Olympiad and won the gold medal.
The 29-year-old Carlsen has been number 1 in the world for more than 10 years and has held the top position longest since the legendary Garry Kasparov.
The meeting is the second of the Magnus Carlsen Tour and rewards the champion with $ 45,000 and a seat in the Tour Grand Final in August for $ 300,000.
The American Hikaru Nakamura prevailed 3-2 against Levon Aronian from Armenia in the quarterfinals. INQ
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