“I’d like to apologise to Magnus for ruining his Valentine’s
Day,” said Wesley So after defeating Magnus Carlsen in the final of the
Opera Euro Rapid after also beating him in the Skilling Open final on the World
Champion’s 30th birthday. Wesley won the first game of the day after a
misjudged sacrifice, but Magnus had great chances to hit
back in Games 3 and 4 if he’d trusted his intuition and sacrificed at the right
moment. Teimour Radjabov finished 3rd after a shocking blunder by Maxime
Vachier-Lagrave cut the 3rd place match short. (MORE LATER)
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And here’s the day’s live commentary from Peter Leko, Tania
Sachdev and guests Sam Shankland and Harikrishna.
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Teimour Radjabov needed just two games to seal 3rd place
after MVL committed chess suicide in the second game, while Wesley So’s win in
the first game of the day proved enough after a series of missed chances by
Wesley could have given mate-in-4 near the end of the final
game, but he was thrilled to get the draw he needed to seal victory and the
$30,000 top prize. He also later apologised for his double fist pump at the
Watch Wesley So’s post-victory interview.
Magnus had to settle for 2nd place again, and has yet to win
an event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.
Afterwards he talked about the missed chances on the final
day and how he failed to trust himself at the critical moments.
Magnus is still 3rd in the tour standings, while Wesley So
is top, edging ahead of Teimour Radjabov on the tiebreaker of having won more
The final bracket for the Opera Euro Rapid looks as follows.
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