Wesley So spoils Magnus Carlsen’s birthday by winning the Skilling Open

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FILE PHOTO: Wesley So, left and Magnus Carlsen meet in the first final of FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship 2019, at Baerum in Norway Thursday Oct. 31, 2019. (Berit Roald, NTB scanpix via AP)
FILE PHOTO: Wesley So, left and Magnus Carlsen meet in the first final of FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship 2019, at Baerum in Norway Thursday Oct. 31, 2019. (Berit Roald, NTB scanpix via AP)

Wesley So defeated world champion Magnus Carlsen in the blitz playoff of the Skilling Open to take first place and the $30,000 top prize.

Philippine-born So won the first game and drew the second in the tiebreak against the Norwegian to clinch the tournament.

“First of all I’d like to apologize to Magnus for semi-ruining his birthday, but I gotta try to win from time to time. You don’t want him to win ten tournaments in a row,” So said after winning the tournament.

Carlsen turned 30 on November 30.

The finalists won the first and second game playing black in the final’s second match. So and Carlsen drew games three and four to head to the tiebreak round. So and Carlsen traded wins in the four games of the final’s first match.

The online tournament marks the inaugural event on the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour.

So demolished Carlsen in last year’s 1st Fischer Random World Championship.