Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So ruled the prestigious 2016 Sinquefield Cup held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in Missouri, US.
The 21-year-old So, who represents the United States Chess Federation, collected 5.5 points on two wins and seven draws to pocket the crown in the tournament which is part of the four-leg Grand Chess Tour.
So scored victories over GM Hikaru Nakamura of US in the first round and GM Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the sixth round then split the point with GM Ding Liren of China (second round), GM Levon Aronian of Armenia (third), GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands (fourth), GM Anand Viswanathan of India (fifth), GM Peter Svidler of Russia (seventh), GM Fabiano Caruana of US (eighth) and GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France (ninth).
Caruana, Aronian, Viswanathan and Topalov shared the No. 2 spot with five points each while Vachier-Lagrave and Nakamura wound up sixth with 4.5 points apiece.
Ding was eighth with four points while Svidler ended up last with 3.5 points.
So bagged the $75,000 top purse.
He will also be seeing action in the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour to be held in England on Decelber 9 to 18 with the staging of the London Chess Classic.
The other invited players are Caruana, Nakamura, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave, Topalov, Aronian, Viswanathan and GM Valdimir Kramnik of Russia.
One more player will complete the 10-man field as wild card. The player will be selected based on his ranking in the International Chess Federation.