World's youngest GM wins Dubai Open

World's youngest GM wins Dubai Open

Masakari
Masakari
Apr 17, 2008, 7:55 AM |
5 | Chess Event Coverage

Wesley So, the 14-year-old school boy from Philippines, shocked a strong pack of experienced players to walk away with the Dubai Open Chess Championship crown at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club.

So became the youngest player to win this 10-year-old tournament with 7 points after the 9th and final round.

So, who was only four-years-old when this tournament began, was tied for the top spot with Grandmasters Gagunashvili Merab of Georgia, Ghaem Maghami Ehsan of Iran and Li Chao of China, but won the title on better technical counts.

"It is my first major title victory and I am delighted. I dedicate this victory to Prospero Pichay, the president of the Philippines Chess Federation, without whose support I would not have been participating in this tournament," So told reporters.



 


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