• Dennis McGrath

Wesley Watch: So vs. Nakamura in Speed Chess Championship Friday

Wesley So, Minnesota’s super grandmaster, is set to play fellow American GM Hikaru Nakamura in the final of the Speed Chess Championship on Friday morning.

Wesley will be competing for a prize fund of $10,000, which will be distributed based not only on the match’s result, but also on the scores of each player. (This article explains the prize distribution.)

Wesley is currently ranked 4th in the world in Blitz, behind Nakamura, World Champion Magnus Carlsen and French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. He holds a FIDE Blitz rating of 2816.

Nakamura excels at fast time controls. His Blitz rating is 2900, and he is’s reigning Bullet champion.

Wesley is coming off his recent World Championship victory over Carlsen in the FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship in Norway, and his fine third-place finish at the Tata Steel Masters.

The match begins at 11 a.m. (Central). You should be able to find it here on

(Note: This is the first in an on-going series of stories that will report on the chess adventures of GM Wesley So.)

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