Grand Chess Tour: Wesley So Wins the Leuven Rapid

Wesley So won the rapid segment of the Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour in Leuven, Belgium by a 2 point margin over 2nd place finisher, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and a 3 point margin over 3rd place, Magnus Carlsen.

Follow along in So’s footsteps by solving tactical puzzles from his games.

Puzzle #1

Wesley So vs. Levon Aronian

White to move.
Level: Warm-Up

In a beautifully-played game, So has outplayed Aronian with a rook and bishop (and pawns) vs. a queen. How did he finish the game?

Puzzle #2

Wesley So vs. Vishwanathan Anand

White to move.
Level: Intermediate

Anand just played 31…Bg1, offering a trade of minor pieces and threatening the h2-pawn. How did So win a pawn?

Puzzle #3

White to move.
Level: Advanced

In the overall event (combined rapid and blitz score), So is tied for 1st with Carlsen. The World Champion caught up with So today during the Day 1 of the blitz segment. Tomorrow is the final day of the event: which of these two great players will come out ahead?

Watch the finish of Leuven leg of the Grand Chess Tour live on Sunday, July 2, starting at 8 a.m. EST.

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