So Wins 7th Blitz "Death Match"!

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 7/30/12, 3:59 PM.

Grandmaster Wesley So jumped out to a commanding 6-0 lead against Grandmaster Ray Robson in's 7th Blitz Death Match, and he never looked back! In arguably the most lopsided Death Match yet, the Filipino #1 dominated the entire match, finishing with a plus score in all three time control "sets", ultimately winning by a final tally of 23 to 9.

Robson admitted heading into the match that he knew So would be considered the favorite by most, and Ray worried he was not heading into the Death Match in "his best form". So proved him right, continuing his current hot streak (So has won the last two international tournaments he's competed in, and nears his all time highest FIDE Rating of almost 2680) by running away with the match. 

Though IM's Rensch and Pruess (who covered the match live on agreed that the match was played at a high level by both players as far as chess moves are concerned, the obvious difference in the match was So's ability to consistently gain and maintain large time advantages. Robson could not avoid time pressure in what seemed like every game, consistently misplaying still "roughly equal positions" with much less time than his opponent.

Grandmaster Wesley So thanked his countrymen for all their support after the match

Both players were "class acts" following the final game in their respective "post match interviews", thanking for the opportunity. Robson requested another opportunity to compete in a Death Match for a chance at redemption, while So said he is looking forward to a "winners elimination event" of some kind. 

Here are some of the more interesting games from yesterday's Death Match:

You can watch a replay of the match at

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  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Hey all, someone asked for a page that lists all the past Death Matches, the final scores, etc -- so anyone who ever wants to to check on those can bookmark this page here:




  • 4 years ago


    i hope wesley would keep improving his games and develop his openings more and be a wc contender somedayLaughing

  • 4 years ago


    Ray did fairly well but i am very glad Wesley won! Go Wesley! (Whenever i see it call him So i always think they are putting an interjection in:)

  • 4 years ago


    We should have all the winners face each other :D

  • 4 years ago


    Robson actually played pretty well but consistently got into hideous time trouble. Robson's time management was embarrassing and he should stay out of speed chess and do what he does best - calculate.

  • 4 years ago


    I would like the Death Match players to be more equally skilled. The closeness of a match is good for the viewers.

    And could we as viewers please get some transperancy as to how the Death Match players are selected?

    thx - great concept .

  • 4 years ago


    Foot in Mouth

  • 4 years ago


    Credit to ray, congrats to so!

  • 4 years ago


    congrats to GM fighting form...

  • 4 years ago


    Congrats Wesley!!..keep up the good work..we are hoping that u will break the 2700 barrier within this year..MABUHAY KABABAYAN!!

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i'm not aware of any problems with the daily puzzle having been reported. are you saying that in the box where the puzzle should appear, you just see an empty space? could you take a screenshot and pass it on to us?

    and no, i personally don't hold people in contempt.

  • 4 years ago


    Wesley So is amazing player, even he is in lower fide rank today he is like Carlsen caliber.

  • 4 years ago


    I would like to see Wesley So compete in some world-class blitz event : I'm very impressed by his play !

  • 4 years ago


    Barangay Wesley!

    So does have an experience advantage on Robson, as he has been playing in some elite competition the last couple of years. 

  • 4 years ago


    Yes!-Both players are fantastic!Good news for Filipines-i think -such player like Wesley So can to be the Wold Champ -he have very big potential.What about Ray.He is fantastic boy too,but...psychology-psychology is not in champions level.He need to work (study Lasker)-and if he will do it-he can to be super GM -i see.Good Luck! for both young CHESS-STARS!

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    Fantastic Match!! It was fun to watch Wesley's incredible performance :-)

  • 4 years ago


    GM Robson have a ready excuse in case he lost the match according to him he was not in his best form. Had he won he would crow that he beat GM So even if he was feeling sick. lol

  • 4 years ago


    He's under the wings of Super GM Susan Polgar now and things are just looking up for GM So. More successes with your superior talent!

  • 4 years ago


    Next Death-match? Take it to the GMs ! GRatz to Wesley

  • 4 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Ray is a 2600+ FIDE rated player, thus what Wesley accomplished is clearly very impressive.  My impression of the match was that So could navigate different systems very well, whereas Robson had troubles when playing outside of his normal repertoire.  I think So would win in any case, but Robson would have scored several more points had he simply played faster or decided to play more Sicilians - Ray was clearly in his element there.

    Wesley's technique in won positions in addition to his superb calculations on Ray's time was So impressive. Innocent

    Thanks to David and Danny for their tireless efforts in commentary.  Kudos to Ray and Wesley for being very pleasant competitors and people, as it seemed to me.

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