Grandmaster Wesley So appears to have world chess champion Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen's number these days.
The Philippine-born So dealt Norway's Carlsen another finals loss by winning the Opera Euro Rapid on February 14. So also beat him in the Skilling Open on Carlsen's 30th birthday in November.
“I'd like to apologize to Magnus for ruining his Valentine's Day," Wesley So said after taking the $30,000 top prize of the third event of the online $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.
So took top honors by winning the first match and drawing the last three games against Carlsen in an exciting Day 2 of the finals. Day 1 ended 2-2 after the pair exchanged wins in the last two games with the first two ending in draws.
"To beat Magnus in any match is a huge honour and it’s a real pleasure to do so, because just playing him already gives you a lot of experience, and honour and stuff, and to beat him twice in a match is just unheard of really," So added before giving a shoutout to his Filipino and American fans in the post-finals interview.
So also demolished Carlsen in last year’s 1st Fischer Random World Championship.
The duo will play again in Leg 4 of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour from March 13. But before that, So said he will be watching some "Godzilla" and "King Kong" movies with his family.