by joeyj : 21 May 2013
GM Wesley So was a toast at the 6th Calgary International Chess Classic (CICC) after winning two chess championships on the same day on 19 May 2013. Wesley So secured the 9-round Swiss “Standard” chess championship with one more round to go after winning the penultimate round (R8) against FM Jason Cao who resigned on the 44th of the Classical Nimzo Indian and upped his score to 7.0/8, a 2-point lead to a bunch of four players who all scored 5.0/8 and tied at 2nd place.
With just a few hours of rest, Wesley So returned to the tournament’s venue and competed next in Calgary’s 9-round Swiss “Blitz” Championship and captured the championship as the sole winner with a perfect score of 9.0/9.
The 6th Calgary International Chess Classic, the strongest ever assembled in Calgary’s history with GM Wesley So (PHI)2705 as the first ever 2700+ player to play plus the 19 others FIDE rated players (5-GMs, 3-IMs, 4-FMs & 4-NMs) from five countries (Canada, USA, Netherlands, Israel & Philippines), competed in a 9-Round “Standard” Swiss, CFC/FIDE rated that took place from 14th to 20th May, 2013, at the Best Western Village Park Inn in Calgary, Canada.
GM Wesley So, the World’s Nr 40 rated (May 2013 FIDE rating) & Philippines Nr 1, a freshman from Webster University (2013 U.S. College Chess ‘Final Four’ Champ) and coached by GM Susan Polgar, started with a bang winning R1 against USA’s FM Michael Langer in just 19 moves. Without let-up he stormed the field and after round 8 built an insurmountable 2-points lead. The last round (R9), that usually ends with a draw for the clear winner, still as if the championship is at stake, had to battle it out until his opponent Canada’s IM Richard Wang resigned in the 37th.
Here’s GM Wesley So’s round-by-round results:
Wesley So, scoring 8.0/9 (7Wins-2Draws-NoLoss) finished sole 1st place and registered a rating performance (Rp) of 2752. He also had gained a +7.5 in ELO points bringing his all time high FIDE Live Rating at 2712.5 that ranked World’s Nr 33 in the 20 May 2013 (21:28 GMT) 2700chess.com Live Ratings List (see the bottom chart).
GMs Robin Van Kampen(NED)2580, Eric Hansen(CAN)2577 & Victor Mikhalevski(ISR)2551 all tied at 2nd place scoring 6.0/9. After tiebreak points were computed, overall they finished 2nd, 3rd & 4th respectively that coincided their respective initial rank & seeding.
The 5th & 6th seeded GM Eugene Perelshteyn(USA)2517 and IM Edward Porper (CAN)2423 who both scored 5.5/9 also finished overall according to their respective initial rank & seeding.
A check on Wesley So’s calendar of events, his next tournament would be the “2013 Las Vegas International Festival‘, a National Open Championship scheduled on 6-9 June 2013 at the Riviera Casino & Hotel.
Coach GM Susan Polgar in her kibitz at Barangay Wesley (BW) Forum at chessgames.com dated 20 May 2013 announced that …
“Wesley just got an invitation to a major tournament in Europe in the Fall. We will reschedule the SPICE Cup to another date so he can play in both. I do not want him to miss any invitational opportunity. Once the details are finalized, it can be announced.”
A. FINAL STANDING (Standard):
B. FINAL STANDING (Blitz Championship)
2700chess.com 20 May 2013 (21:28 GMT) Live Ratings List.
6th Calgary International Chess Classic images courtesy & © by the Calgary Chess Club