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His chess is kind of boring tbh, that and his apparent lack of opening preparation. How do you lose the Scotch game as white, anyway? That's hard to do.
Same way you lose in any opening: The opponent playing better than you do. He did not lose against a random patzer...
Never heard of him.
I believe that he had a higher rating than both Nakamura and Caruana which placed him as the top American chess player (at one point, and maybe still is, have not checked the FIDE rankings). That being said, he is not very popular outside of his native Philippines.
Wesley Barbasa So (born October 9, 1993) is a Filipino and American chessgrandmaster representing the United States. He is the current United States Chess Champion.
A former chess prodigy, So became the youngest player to pass 2600 Elo rating in October 2008, breaking the record previously held by Magnus Carlsen. This record has since been broken by John M. Burke. In early 2013, So passed 2700 and in January 2017 So became the 11th player to pass 2800 Elo.
So won the 2017 Tata Steel Masters, the 2016 Grand Chess Tour title after claiming victory in the Sinquefield Cup and London Chess Classic, and the 2015 Bilbao Chess Masters. He is also a three-time Philippines Chess Champion.
Thanks, that's very informative! I'm sure a lot of people here had no idea who this Wesley So guy is until you told us.
Yeah but the Scotch is idiot proof.
I am an idiot, and I don't play the Scotch- so you are probably right.
Wesley got a lot of attention. Even Kasparov(greatest of all time) in a May interview proclaimed him as the biggest threat to Carlsen.
I agree with Kasparov, GM So will be the next world champion; he might of had a bad tournament and lost a few rating points but he accomplish what no other Filipino, achieve number two spot and his style is not boring; extremely dangerous attacker and a fine endgame player. Watch out Magnus, you losing your throne to GM So.
I just realised that if Wes reversed his first name, he'd be GM Sew So. So there!
Well that explains why I never heard of him. Sounds like he is pretty good, but not exactly world champion or anything like that.
A disgrace. Somebody said something in one of my threads about the Sinquefields that a lot of top players like Naka nowadays don't care for chess and just show up to these competitions for a pay check. I have started to believe that.
What you're saying is just wrong. Naka stated repeatedly that his goal is to become world champion. Most of the top level guys had won many tournaments and had proven that they are the one of the best players in the world. Naka has a stable life with wife and kids also he was wealthy before committing to chess entirely so money isn't the (main-)reason for him to play in tournaments like the Sinquefield Cup. There are bigger things for him to achieve.
Whether he is good enough to do it is another question but that's not the issue here.
GM So is ranked #2 behind Carlsen in the World Championship but yet barely anything is being mentioned nor his games being featured. This just tells you that he is taken for granted.
Personally, I have thought next big threat to Carlsens title will be either So, or MVL. Or possibly Caruana.
me too never heard of him. vishy actually the biggest threat none matters.
I comprehensively ignore all the GM.s. They have little to do with my chess or private life outside the fact that they are a source of entertainment. I wish them all well.
Looks like you were wrong, Isabela14...