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So battles Caruana in 2020 Clutch Chess

Filipino grandmaster Wesley So will battle GM Fabiano Caruana in the semifinals of the 2020 Clutch Chess International tournament.

After So reached the semifinals last Wednesday world no. 1 Magnus Carlsen, Caruana and Levon Aronian followed suit after they repulsed Jeffrey Xiong, Leinier Dominguez and Alexander Grischuk respectively.

The 2773 ELO rated Caruana finished with a 10.5-7.5 score over Dominguez.

Caruana made it after earning three points following a draw in their last two matches of their 12-game encounter.

The 37-year-old Aronian, married to Fil-Australian woodpusher Arianne Caoili who died recently, claimed a decisive win over Grischuk in their final game, 10-8.

In reaching the semis, Caruana and Aronian earned $15,000 each.

The 27-year-old Caruana moved ahead on points after he went for a check with his black queen.

In facing So, Caruana will have a rematch of their previous showdown in the Clutch Chess USA finals

On Wednesday, Carlsen turned back Xiong, 11.5 – 6.5, to arrange the semifinals meeting with Aronian.

So fought off Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 13-5.

In beating Vachier-Lagrave in 15 moves in their final game of the quarterfinals, So earned all the clutch bonus money, totaling $10,000.

So, playing black blundered with a pawn at endgame, but he still managed to find the winning line after pushing his rook to the queenside.

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