- Filipino American chess grandmaster and reigning U.S. chess champion Wesley So defeated world champion Magnus Carlsen after winning the blitz event of the 10th Norway Chess Tournament on Monday.
- The single-round robin event rewarded its top five finishers with increased opportunities to play white in the main tournament.
- The 10th Norway Chess Tournament’s main event offers 750,000 Norwegian kroner (approximately $80,000) to the winner.
- So finished the preliminary event with 6.5 points, having also defeated France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Norway’s Aryan Tar, Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov and Azerbaijan’s Teimour Radjabov.
Reigning U.S. chess champion Wesley So recently won the blitz event of the 10th Norway Chess Tournament in style, defeating world champion Magnus Carlsen.
The Filipino American chess grandmaster recovered from a rocky start, having been beaten by China’s Wang Hao in the event’s opening round.
16-year-old from India is youngest ever to defeat Magnus Carlsen during his World Chess Champion reign
- Sixteen-year-old Indian chess grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, better known as Pragg, defeated Norwegian five-time World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the Airthings Masters online rapid chess tournament.
- Pragg became the third Indian grandmaster to win against the Norwegian grandmaster and the youngest chess player to beat Carlsen during his reign as the world champion.
- Carlsen, who reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 before the tournament, attributed his blunders to the effects of the virus.
Sixteen-year-old Indian chess grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa beat the World Chess Champion, and his idol, Magnus Carlsen.
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, more commonly known by his nickname Pragg, became the youngest chess player to beat Carlsen during his reign as World Champion. In 39 moves, Pragg stood victorious over Carlsen in the Airthings Masters online rapid chess tournament.
Asian Americans dominate 2021 US Chess Championships, Wesley So joins Bobby Fischer in successive-win club
The 2021 U.S. Chess Championship winners are Asian Americans Grandmaster Wesley So and International Master Carissa Yip.
The Grandmaster: On Oct. 19, Filipino American Wesley So made history by winning back-to-back titles at the U.S. Chess Championship, reported MSN.
Manny Pacquiao can now add “up-and-coming chess player” to his ever-evolving resume after his recent match against a chess app.
Valiant losing effort: The recently retired boxer, who has filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) to join the Philippines’ 2022 presidential race, fared better than most celebrity challengers during the “Magnus Carlsen Celebrity Charity Challenge,” reported Rappler.
A 12-year-old became the youngest grandmaster in the world and broke the chess record for the first time in 19 years in Budapest, Hungary.
Breaking the record: At 12 years and 4 months old, Abhimanyu Mishra obtained the highest title in chess awarded to professional chess masters.
Super Grandmaster Wesley So officially ended the hopes of those who wished to see him represent the Philippines again when he became a U.S. citizen earlier this year.
“I want to give back to a country that has been so good to me,” So told the US Chess Federation. “From the moment I landed here, I was encouraged and enabled to become better than I was. I like this attitude and the tremendous generosity of American culture.”
Editor’s Note: The following piece was chosen as a finalist in NextShark’s personal Essay Contest 2019. The views expressed in story are the writer’s own.
The first time I saw a chess board, I stood — an unsmiling first grader — spellbound by the curious horses and castles that the wizened fifth graders shuffled confidently in my school cafeteria. Beneath the ornate wood surface of those pieces, I discovered a uniquely layered beauty.
Rising chess star Jennifer Yu has just become the first teen to win the United States Women’s Chess Championships in nearly two decades.
The tournament, held in St. Louis from March 18 to April 1, featured 12 of the best female chess players in America.
An Indian chess star has decided to pull out of an international championship event in Iran in protest against having to wear an Islamic headscarf.
Former world junior girls champion Soumya Swaminathan condemned the dress code at the upcoming Asian Nations Chess Cup as a violation of her human rights.
A 12-year-old girl was reportedly forced to withdraw from a local chess tournament in Malaysia after organizers deemed her clothes “improper and had violated the dress code” for the tournament.
The incident, which happened during the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 in the city of in Putrajaya, has sparked outrage on social media after girl’s chess coach Kaushal Khandhar posted about it on Facebook on Thursday.
A top female chess grandmaster from China shocked the local chess community after she intentionally threw a match at a major event last Thursday.
Chinese women’s world champion Hou Yifan reportedly quit a game after just five moves during the final round of the Tradewise Gibraltar tournament. She later said she did it as a form of protest for being continually pitted against other women, the National Post reported.