Philippine-born Grandmaster Wesley So has officially won the Grand Chess Tour (GCT) Thursday (Friday, Manila time) after the final round of the Sinquefield Cup ended with all games drawn.
With the victory, So became a two-time Grand Chess Tour champion. He was also champion in 2016.
So captured the GCT's Paris Rapid & Blitz leg in June and his good results at the Superbet Chess Class in Romania and St Louis Rapid & Blitz ensured him the overall title and prize money, with one round to spare, ahead of the chasing pack led by French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Azerbaijan GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
For his efforts, So earned $142,500 in total prize money including $45,000 in the Sinquefield Cup. He also received an additional $100,000 bonus as the Tour's overall winner.
Vachier-Lagrave topped the Sinquefield Cup for the second time after winning the event in 2017. The French GM earned the $90,000 prize money bringing his total to $256,250, as well as $50,000 bonus for finishing second overall.
Mamedyarov ended third overall, which earned him $127,000 (including $17,500 for a share of sixth place) and a $25,000 bonus.
So will see action next in the Aimchess US Rapid from August 28. It is the 9th and last event on the online $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour before the Final. He will defend his US Open title in October.
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