GM Wesley So

Full name
Wesley So
Oct 9, 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth
Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines
United States

The Philippines chess prodigy, Wesley So has shot up the rating charts in a short amount of time. He is the seventh youngest Grandmaster in history and the Philippines youngest Grandmaster ever. But he hasn’t stopped there: he’s won many tournaments and most recently won a tournament ahead of a field that featured only Grandmasters. Now that he is going to college in the United States, he will have more opportunities for sponsorship and will be competing in many more tournaments in the near future.

Wesley So learned to play chess when he was 6 years old but didn’t begin to play in tournaments until he was 9. At a young age he had a very aggressive and tactical style in his games which caught the eye of International Master Rodolfo Tan Cardoso. This attention from such a strong player propelled So forward in his chess playing career. He became a FIDE Master in 2004, an International Master in 2006 and a Grandmaster in 2008. When he became a Grandmaster, he was the seventh youngest ever to receive the title. Since then he has recorded an impressive resume of tournaments won. Most recently he took down the 49th Capablanca Memorial tournament which consisted of only Grandmasters and no less strong players.Recently So has begun to attend Webster University in the United States with help from Susan Polgar and the SPICE program. He still continues to travel throughout the world, winning tournaments and playing terrific chess at the same time.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Caro-Kann Defense (13) : B13 B12 B19 B17 B16
Queen's Pawn Opening (26) : D02 D00 A41 A40
Petrov's Defense (17) : C42 C43
Reti Opening (34) : A06 A04 A05
Four Knights Game (4) : C47
King's Indian Attack (12) : A07 A08
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (4) : A01
Semi-Slav Defense (13) : D45 D44
Catalan Opening (18) : E04 E01 E00 E05
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D73
Giuoco Piano Game (11) : C50 C53
Torre Attack (4) : A48 A46
Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) : D20 D27 D25 D22
Bogo-Indian Defense (4) : E11
Scotch Game (3) : C45
Colle System (1) : D05
Pirc Defense (8) : B07 B09
Modern Defense (8) : B06 A42 B07
Italian Game (2) : C55 C58
Queen's Indian Defense (2) : E12 E16
Trompowsky Attack (2) : A45
Dutch Defense (3) : A80 A90 A87
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D32 D34
Benoni Defense (2) : A60 A56
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D71 D78
Old Indian Defense (2) : A53 A54
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Bishop's Opening (9) : C24 C28 C26
Alekhine Defense (3) : B03 B04
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Black Pieces
Giuoco Piano Game (23) : C50 C53
Queen's Pawn Opening (19) : D02 D00
Reti Opening (20) : A06 A04 A05 A09
Catalan Opening (14) : E00 E04 E06 E05 E01
King's Indian Attack (40) : A07 A08
Four Knights Game (4) : C47 C48
Trompowsky Attack (6) : A45
Bishop's Opening (1) : C28
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (8) : A01
Caro-Kann Defense (31) : B12 B10 B13 B19 B11
Hungarian Opening (2) : A00
Bird's Opening (2) : A02
Petrov's Defense (11) : C42 C43
Semi-Slav Defense (16) : D47 D43 D45 D44
Colle System (2) : D04 D05
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C44 C40
Benoni Defense (1) : A60
Scotch Game (3) : C45
Pirc Defense (2) : B08 B07
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C33
Queen's Gambit Accepted (2) : D22 D27
Queen's Indian Defense (22) : E15 E12
Torre Attack (3) : A48 A46
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Vienna Game (1) : C26
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D73 D79
Polish Opening (1) : A00