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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Wesley So Wins Quebec Open Chess Championship

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Hi everyone,

Grandmaster Wesley So from the Philippines has won the Quebec Open Chess Championship that was held from July 21-28, 2012. He beat GM Bator Sambuev of Canada to gain a clear first. The tournament was held at the beautiful venue College Brebeuf in Montreal, Canada.

Canada’s most successful tournament attracted 9 GMs and 1 WGM, as well as 10 IMs looking for GM norms. 32 players competed in the invitational section for a first prize of $4 000.

So finished on 7.5 points, leaving the earlier co-leader Lazaro Bruzon from Cuba half a point behind. Bruzon took a quick draw with black against Anton Kovalyov. So had also recently won the Toronto International Chess Tournament. So would be playing the top board for the upcoming Istanbul Chess Olympiad. The prize fund of the Quebec Open Chess Championship was $18,000. A total of 277 players participated in all the groups.

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