Carlsen twice checkmates So, wins Aimchess Rapid

by Klaus Besenthal
7/16/2023 – In the Grand Final of the Aimchess Rapid, Magnus Carlsen defeated Wesley So by a 3-1 score on Friday. The 15+3 rapid tournament was the fourth event of the Champions Chess Tour and was played online. In the overall tour standings, Carlsen now has a 95-point lead over his closest chaser, Fabiano Caruana. Denis Lazavik won Division II, while Yu Yangyi prevailed in Division III.

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A clear winner

Magnus Carlsen kicked off the Grand Final with back-to-back wins. In the first game, he got a considerable advantage in the middlegame, missed a chance to all but end the game on move 36, and then saw his opponent blundering in a rook and knight versus rook and bishop ending.

Carlsen got to checkmate Wesley So in the next game, but the resilient US grandmaster won on-demand in game 3, thus keeping theoretical chances of winning the match. However, the former world champion again managed to give a checkmate in game 4.

Overall tour standings

Aimchess Rapid

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.