Magnus Carlsen beats Wesley So at third attempt amid copycat draw gripes


Leonard Barden

The world No 1 atoned for two final losses against So as complaints over quickly halved Champions Tour games are growing

Magnus Carlsen’s uneven progress through the online Meltwater Champions Tour, two tournament victories in six attempts, still leaves the world champion in pole position for the 10-player Tour final over the board at San Francisco in September.

There have been suggestions that the 30-year-old has lacked focus at times, and he admitted to feeling unwell on the penultimate day of last weekend’s FTX Crypto Cup, but the Norwegian still wins his share of impressive games. His hard-fought victory over Wesley So was significant as the US champion had beaten Carlsen in two previous finals and has emerged as the world No 1’s main Tour rival.

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