Wesley in Wonderland
Wesley So had to fight hard at times in Saint Louis, but claimed his first U.S. title while continuing his unbeaten run to a most impressive 67 longplay games
In a hard-fought finish to the U.S. Championship, Wesley So edged out Alexander Onischuk in a rapid play-off at the venue’s modern-day home, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Onischuk’s presence in the play-off was perhaps a small surprise, but he has been one of America’s very leading players even since emigrating from Ukraine in 2001 and had also been in fine form in St. Louis. So was the clear favourite in the play-off, but he was certainly made to work hard by the 2006 U.S. Champion to claim the $50,000 first prize.