is a Super Chess Grandmaster of Chinese – Filipino descent. Born in the Philippines on October 9th 1993, he was only six, when he learned the movement of chess pieces across a board. After memorizing them, chess set in hand, he explored the streets of his neighborhood daring people to play with him. At nine years old he began to compete in local, junior chess tournaments. His first major tournament win was taking 1st place at the 2003 Philippine National Chess Championships for the under 10 age group.
So, was awarded his first GM norm at the Offene Internationale Bayerische Schach Meisterschaft, in Bad Wiessee, Germany. He acquired his second GM norm in the 2007 U-20 World Junior Chess Championship in Yerevan, Armenia, and capped his year by earning his third GM norm at the 3rd Prospero Pichay Cup International Open in the Philippines. At the age of fourteen years, one month and twenty eight days, FIDE awarded him the title of Grandmaster, making him the ninth youngest chess grandmaster in history. He was then ranked strongest player in the world under sixteen years old.
In 2006 at the age of twelve years and ten months Wesley So became the youngest ever Filipino International Master and the youngest member of the national men’s team to participate at the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy.
In 2007, Wesley So went on to become the youngest National Junior Open Chess Champion and won the gold medal on board one, at the World Under16 Team Championships.
In 2008, Wesley So won the title in the Dubai Open Chess Championships, “The Sheikh Rashed Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup”, in the United Arab Emirates, and set a record as the youngest winner in the 10-year history of the Cup.
In 2008, Wesley So was rated 2610 and was the youngest player in the history of the game to break the 2600 Elo barrier, surpassing the record previously held by Magnus Carlsen.
In 2009, On the FIDE rating list, Wesley So was rated the world’s strongest chess player for his age level (players born in 1993 and later)
In 2013, Wesley So won five major tournaments: they included the Reykjavik Open, the Calgary International Chess Classic, the 17th edition of the Univé Chess Tournament and the World University Chess Championship. At the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, So also won a gold medal for the Philippines. It was the first gold medal for the country in the history of the tournament.
In 2014, Wesley So won the 49th Capablanca Memorial tournament in Havana at his first attempt, finishing a clear point ahead of his competitors.
In 2014, Wesley won first place at the ACP Golden Classic in Bergamo Italy.
In 2014, Wesley So won the first edition of Millionaire Chess, in Las Vegas.
In 2015, Wesley So launched his career as a full time professional chess player.
In 2015, Wesley So won the 22nd Bunratty Chess Festival in Ireland.
In 2015, Wesley So won the Czech Chess Trophy in a 4 Game Match with GM David Navara.
In 2015 , Wesley So won first place at the Bilbao Chess Masters in Spain.
In 2016, Wesley So was awarded The Samford Chess Fellowship, by the US Chess Trust
In 2016, Wesley So won first place in the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis Mo.
In 2016, at the 42nd Olympiad in Baku Azerbaijan, as part of team USA Wesley So brought home America’s first Gold Medal since 1976. He was also awarded a second Gold for best on Board three.
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