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


    i think u should change the way you stream because i suffer from the last show one and i didn't finish it

  • 4 years ago


    I enjoyed watching the match. Very creative and intuitive chess playing by Wesley. I agree with IM's Rensch and Pruess when they said that even the filipino fans would want Ray Robson to win the game when he is down on a 3-0 hole. I really would love Ray to put up a good fight, though Wesley is calculating very accurately and creatively seeing brilliant moves that normal chess players would not see on a blitz match. Just my humble opinion, Wesley played aggressive and very tactical chess comparable to Alekhine and Fischer on this game. Thank you :)

  • 4 years ago


    'just when I thought the games would turn out to be.  Wesley So provided a significant victory not only for the Philippines but to the whole chess community as well.  Well done!

  • 4 years ago

    FM gauranga

    Yes, later in the year all the winners of these matches should play an elimination tournament for the 2012 crown

  • 4 years ago


    Wesley So is asian blitz champion, Robson is not in his league yet. Take note he just won 2 tournaments in Canada.

  • 4 years ago


    Great job by Wesley! Now is the time to hire a battery of coaches for the young lad. For most of his young career, he has had to work for himself.

    I enjoy the colorful commentary by IM Rensch and IM Pruess and both players were class acts.

  • 4 years ago


    wow! congratulations wes! cheers! Cool

  • 4 years ago


    Congrats Wesley! Now please acknowledge that Bitoon coached you when you were younger.

  • 4 years ago


    Nice one Idol!!

  • 4 years ago


    Nice play by So.

  • 4 years ago


    You make us proud.

  • 4 years ago


    Kudos to Wesley So!

  • 4 years ago


    High-level speed chess is amazing. Wesley and Ray did not disappoint and the commentary was right on top of the game situations. More Death please.

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