Wesley So settles for 3rd; Samuel Shankland crowned king of US Championships
By Marlon Bernardino
Thu, 03 May 2018
Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So finished third place in the 2018 US Chess Championships on Monday, two and a half points behind the champion, GM Samuel Shankland. The tournament was held at the Saint Louis Chess & Scholastic Chess Club in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Playing white, the Bacoor, Cavite native So split the point with GM Hikaru Nakamura after 30 moves of Nimzo-Indian defense in the eleveth and final round.
He collected 6.5 points on two wins and nine draws in the single round-robin tournament. The last year champion So earned a cash prize of $25,000 for his effort.
Shankland, on the other hand beat GM Awonder Liang after 43 moves of Caro-Kann defense.
Finishing his campaign with undefeated record 8.5 points on six wins, five draws to went home the top prize of $50,000.
GM Fabiano Caruana, meantime defeated GM Alexander Onischuk after 29 moves of Ruy Lopez Opening.
Caruana placed second overall with 8.0 points on six wins , four draws and a loss. He pocketed runner-up prize of $35,000.
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