Wesley So heading for Corus

Wesley So heading for Corus

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jul 14, 2008, 12:56 PM |
34 | Chess Players

 

Wesley So (pictured) isn't a 'household' name in the chess world - yet, but this young Filipino player is making waves with his attacking play and strong results. 

In December 2007, he became the 7th youngest Grandmaster in history at the tender age of 14 years, 1 month and 28 days.  See the list below.

 

No.

 Player

Nat.

years

months

days

year

 Sergey Karjakin

UKR

12

7

0

2002

 Parimarjan Negi

IND

13

3

22

2006

 Magnus Carlsen

NOR

13

3

27

2004

 Bu Xiangzhi

CHN

13

10

13

1999

 Teimour Radjabov

AZE

14

0

14

2001

 Ruslan Ponomaryov 

UKR

14

0

17

1997

 Wesley So

PHI

14

1

28

2007

 Etienne Bacrot

FRA

14

2

0

1997

 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

FRA

14

4

0

2005

10 

 Peter Leko

HUN

14

4

22

1994

 

This year he won the strong Dubai Open against a field that included 29 Grandmasters, and on the latest FIDE rating list has reached the dizzy heights of 2577 Elo.  Such startling achievements have now been rewarded with an exclusive invite to the famous Corus tournament in Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands  Wesley So will play in the C group at the 2009 event and has the opportunity to qualify for the B group in the following year if he wins.

Before then he will be playing for the Philippines in the Dresden Olympiad in November. 

Here is one of Wesley's games from the recent Philippine International Open tournament.

 

 

 

 


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