Last year’s champion Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So wound up third overall in the 9th Bilbao Chess Masters finals held in Bilbao, Spain.
The 22-year-old So wrapped up his campaign with 11 points on one win, eight draws and one loss while world champion GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway copped the top honors with 17 points followed by second-place GM Hikaru Nakamura of US with 12 points.
“It was a great experience working with these strong, professional players. I always learn so much from them. I have only 1.5 years as a full time professional player and I feel each tournament is incredibly valuable to my growth,” So posted on his official Facebook account.
So nailed his lone win in the eighth round over GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands in the double-round robin tournament.
He scored draws against GM Sergey Karjakin of Russia (first and sixth rounds), Nakamura (second and seventh), Giri (third), GM Wei Yi of China (fifth and ninth) and Carlsen (10th).
Carlsen handed So’s solitary loss in the fourth round.
The followed a football-like scoring system with three points for each win and one point for a draw.
So, who represents the US Chess Federation in international tournaments, will be part of the strong US team in the 2016 World Chess Olympian on September 1 to 14 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
He will join Nakamura, GM Fabiano Caruana and GM Ray Robson in the team.