Wesley So Has Won the First Official World Fischer Random Chess Championship

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On Sunday, Wesley So became a world chess champion after he won the 2019 World Fischer Random Chess Championship at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Bærum, Norway.

So beat out fellow chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen by 13.5 to 2.5. In Fischer Random Chess, a player only needs to reach 12.5 or more points to win it all.

"I'm very happy! It's my favorite type of chess, and it hasn't been popular until the last couple of years. I usually win tournaments the first time and never again. Magnus had a bad couple of days if it was regular chess he would probably have beaten me easily," the winner told NRK. "To me, mainly chess is art—that's why I like Fischer Random a lot, there is a lot of creativity."

The World Fischer Random Chess Championship 2019 is the first world championship in Fischer Random Chess officially recognized by the international chess federation Fédération Internationale des Échecs.


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