Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So reigned supreme in the prestigious 2015 Bilbao Chess Masters Final held in Spain.
The 22-year-old So, who represented the United States Chess Federation, outplayed GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands in the blitz tiebreak via a 4-1 decision.
So won in Game 1 while the Game 2 ended in a draw.
The tournament employed a scoring system giving three points for a win and one point for a draw.
“Feeling very blessed to be able to participate in this event. A terrific city and friendly people. We had a special meet with city officials and the director of tourism, and then ate pinchos [little bites of food]at Charley’s,” So posted on his official Facebook account.
So and Giri ended the double round robin tournament with identical eight points.
The Filipino master had one win and five draws.
He defeated GM Liren Ding of China (third round) then drew with Giri twice (first and fourth), 2014 tournament champion GM Anand Viswanathan of India twice (second and fifth) and Liren (sixth).
So shared his experience in Bilbao saying “Mikkel showed us around the Casca Vieja and Liren and I posed for a shot with the famous Bilbao chess club in the background. Capablanca and Alekhine and other historical Grandmasters played there.”
So will be joining the elite list of winners in Bilbao Chess Masters. The other titlists were Anand (2014), GM Levon Aronian of Armenia (2013 and 2009), GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway (2012 and 2011), GM Vladimir Kramnik of Russia (2010) and GM Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria (2008).