Wesley So

Biography:
Wesley So was born in Bacoor, Cavite (Phillipines) on 9 October 1993. After having been the youngest Filipino International Master at the age of 12, he earned the Grandmaster title at the age of 14 years, 1 month and 28 days, making him the 8th youngest Grandmaster in the world. Wesley So learnt chess at the age of 6 and started competing in junior tournaments at the age of 9, being the youngest member of the National Philipines Team, with which he played the Olympic Games of Turin in 2009. Like Brunello and Vocaturo, he won the C Corus group of the prestigious Wijk aan Zee tournament, which gave him access to the Corus B tournament for the following year, in which he ended 4th. In 2011 he won the Philipines Cup, but it his best year so far was 2013, when he won five major tournaments, including the Reykjavik Open and the Calgary International Chess Classic: Last year he also took part in the 17th edition of the Univé Chess Tournament and won the World University Chess Championship. This year he seized the strong Cat. XIX 49th Capablanca Memorial in La Habana at his first attempt, ahead of star players such as Vassily Ivanchuk and local hero Leinier Dominguez. In 2012 Wesley moved to Saint Louis, Texas, in order to study at the Webster University, where he is following the Spice program, created by former world chess champion Susan Polgar to support young talents in the chess world. In the June 2014 world chess ranking, Grandmaster So reached his all-time peak, sporting 2744 Elo points and the 15th place in the world.

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