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Wesley So recaptures U.S. chess championship title

Filipino American and chess Grandmaster Wesley So, who captured the U.S. Chess Championship in 2017, has reclaimed his position as the reigning national champion.

So, who resides in Shoreview Minnesota and became a grandmaster at 14 (the seventh youngest to every hold the title), won his second national title beating out Grandmasters Jeffrey Xiong and Ray Robson.

Because of the pandemic, while many players would have prefered to play “over the board” (chess parlance for “in real life”) the championships were instead played online, which So said many players are getting used to, and that he found exciting.

On winning his second national title So said:

Winning a second title is really big to me. I’m really happy to have won it, this title is really prestigious.

In addition to his U.S. national title, So is also the current FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship and ranks #9 in the world as of November 2020.

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