W So 
Wesley So at the 2011 World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk.  
Wesley So
Number of games in database: 496
Years covered: 2003 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2738
Overall record: +190 -52 =229 (64.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      25 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (54) 
    B42 B90 B33 B67 B21
 Ruy Lopez (30) 
    C67 C89 C69 C91 C65
 French Defense (18) 
    C18 C11 C10 C00 C03
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B90 B93 B97 B96 B99
 Slav (14) 
    D11 D10 D15 D17 D13
 King's Indian (13) 
    E99 E92 E70 E83 E63
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (75) 
    B33 B30 B32 B40 B31
 Slav (24) 
    D11 D15 D12 D10 D17
 Grunfeld (22) 
    D85 D86 D70 D80 D93
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E15 E12
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E32 E41 E34 E53 E21
 French Defense (14) 
    C11 C07 C05 C02 C13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W So vs M Mahjoob, 2007 1-0
   W So vs M Leon Hoyos, 2009 1-0
   W So vs Shirov, 2011 1-0
   W So vs Ni Hua, 2008 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs W So, 2009 0-1
   W So vs Navara, 2011 1-0
   W So vs M Prusikin, 2006 1-0
   Nijboer vs W So, 2009 0-1
   W So vs F El Taher, 2006 1-0
   Kamsky vs W So, 2009 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (2007)
   2008 Olympiad (2008)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Dubai Open (2008)
   Japfa Match (2008)
   Corus (Group C) (2009)
   World Cup (2009)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2011)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Universiade (2013)

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(born Oct-09-1993) Philippines

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Born in Las Pinas to William and Eleanor So, and brought up in Bacoor, Cavite, Wesley So is a Filipino chess prodigy who is the eighth youngest player to attain the Grandmaster (GM) in history, achieving the GM title at the age of 14 years, 1 month and 28 days. This made him the youngest GM in the world at that time.* He is the Philippines’ youngest ever International Master, youngest ever Grandmaster and the youngest ever National Champion.


Wesley So’s father taught him the moves at the age of seven. He started playing rapid tournaments when he was eight and was competing in junior tournaments at age nine. The ferocity of Wesley's play in the latter attracted the attention of Rodolfo Tan Cardoso He was awarded the FIDE Master title in 2004 when he was 11 and International Master in 2006 when still 12.


<Age> In 2003, So became the Philippines U10 Champion. He has competed in World Youth Championships in 2003 (19th in the U10 division), 2004 (14th in the U12 division) and 2005 (=1st in the U12 division). In the 2005 event held in Belfort, he finished equal first in his age group alongside Srinath Narayanan, Sanan Sjugirov and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan with Narayanan taking the title on tiebreak. On 9 May 2007, So won the National Junior Championship at the age of 13 years, 7 months, the youngest to do so until FM Paulo Bersamina won the 2010 edition of that event while still 12. So earned his 2nd GM norm in September 2007, shortly before he turned 14, at the World Junior Championship (2007) (his 1st GM norm being in Germany soon after he turned 13 – see below in the classical tournaments section) held in Yerevan, Armenia.

<National> So holds the record for the youngest National Champion of the Philippines, first winning the title in 2009 at the age of 15 years, 6 months. He also won the Philippines Championship in 2010 and 2011 after coming second in 2008 and first in the "Battle of the Grandmasters' event in 2008. Starting from 2009, the "Battle of the Grandmasters", previously a separate event, also became the national championship.

<Continental> In September 2007 while still 13, Wesley played in the Asian Individual Championship (2007) that was held in Cebu and scored a par for rating 6/11, drawing against four GMs and losing to one. He scored a modest 6.5/11 at the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009) held in Subic Bay but came 2nd by a half point behind Ni Hua in the 9th Asian Continental Championship held in April 2010 to qualify for participation in the 2011 World Cup. He scored 5.5/9, placing =9th in the 10th Asian Individual Championships (2011) in Iran. In May 2012, he played in the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012) scoring 6/9 and placing =4th (8th on tiebreak).

<World> In early 2007, he scored 5.5/9 at the Zonal 3.3, narrowly missing both a GM norm and qualification for the World Chess Cup (2007). After qualifying in early 2009 by coming 2nd behind Darwin Laylo in the 3.3 Zonal held in Ho Chi Minh City, Wesley made a splash at the World Cup (2009) by defeating Gadir Guseinov, Vassily Ivanchuk and Gata Kamsky in the first three rounds before falling to Vladimir Malakhov in the rapid game tiebreaker during the round of 16. He defeated Chinese GM Ding Liren in the first round of the World Cup (2011) but lost the second round in a hard fought rapid-game tiebreaker to then Russian number 1 and world number 5 GM Sergey Karjakin. So placed 2nd at the Asian 3.3 Zonal held in January 2013 and thereby qualified for the World Cup (2013) where he defeated the 2012 Junior World Champion, Ukrainian-Turkish GM Alexander Ipatov in the first round but lost to Russian GM and eventual semi-finalist Evgeny Tomashevsky in the second round.

Classical Tournaments

So’s first foray into the international arena was at the 12th International Open held in Nice in 2005, where he scored 5/7, placing =8th (9th on tiebreak) and adding 35 points to his rating. He finished 2005 at the Singapore International Masters Open, winning the award for the best U12 in the competition and gaining another 37 rating points. In April 2006, he earned his first International Master norm at the powerful 8th Dubai Open (2006) when he scored 5/9. A few weeks later, still 12 years old, he was selected to play in the 2006 Olympiad at Torino (see below). Wesley’s second and third IM norms followed in rapid succession at the 2nd San Marino Open (5.5/9) in June 2006, where he also won the award for the best player under 16, and in August 2006 at the 3rd IGB Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship in Kuala Lumpur (6.5/11), where he again won the award for the best player U16. At the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days, So became the youngest Filipino to achieve the IM title.

So achieved his first GM norm at the Bavarian International Open in Bad Wiessee, Germany in November 2006. Following an average performance at the 3rd Calvia International Open in October 2006, Wesley narrowly missed another GM norm at the GM Tournament in Manila the following month, but won the powerful Prospero Pichay Cup in December 2006. A few days later, Wesley competed in the 3rd Singapore Masters International Open, placing =10th with a score of 6/9, including wins against GMs Susanto Megaranto and Li Shilong. Following his relative success at the Zonal 3.3 – qualifying for the 2007 World Cup but narrowly missing a GM norm - in January 2007 (see above), Wesley performed on par at the Philippines International Open in Subic Bay in April 2007, then came second at the Selection Tournament for 2nd Asian Indoor Games held in Tagaytay in August 2007. So capped his year by earning his third GM norm, and the title, at the 3rd Prospero Pichay Cup International Open in Parañaque City, Philippines in December 2007, scoring 6/9, including five draws against his five GM opponents. When he earned his title, he became the seventh-youngest GM ever, and the youngest-ever Filipino GM.

The year 2008 began with a modest 4th at the 1st Leg of the ASEAN Circuit Tournament 2008 (GM Section A) in Kalimantan, he won the Mayor Allen Singson Open Chess Tourney in Candon City and then the Dubai Open (2008) in the United Arab Emirates with a score of 7/9 (TPR 2708), besting an international field that included 23 other grandmasters. In April, he won the “Battle of the Grandmasters” with 8.5/11 (including wins against Rogelio Antonio Jr and Buenaventura Bong Villamayor and a draw against Eugenio Torre) and a match against Susanto Megaranto (details immediately below in the matches section). In May, he came =2nd with 6.5/9 in the 1st Subic International Open, half a point behind Jayson Gonzales. In July 2008, he came second with 12.5/17 in the National qualifying tournament for the Dresden Olympiad held in November, represented Philippines in that Olympiad, placed =5th in the 4th Prospero Pichay Jr. Cup International played in Manila in September, and won the gold medal (+4 =3) for the top board playing for his club Tagaytay city in the Asian Club Cup. In 2009 he won Corus (Group C) (2009) with 9.5/13, one point ahead of fellow prodigy Anish Giri, but then had an average result of 5/9 at Aeroflot Open (2009) before scoring a stunning 9/11 in March at the Battle of the GMs held in Dapitan City. An ordinary 4.5/10 at the SPICE Cup (2009) in Lubbock, Texas was followed by his remarkable debut in the World Cup (see above). 2010 saw him securing a reasonably successful result at Corus (B Group) (2010) where he came 4th with 7.5/13 and at Aeroflot Open (2010), scoring =7th in a huge field of GMs and IMs. His success in the 9th Asian Continental (see above) was followed by winning the 3rd Battle of the Grandmasters in Tagaytay City with 7.5/11. His subsequent results during 2010 were average to ordinary by his standards, although he finished with good results in the preliminary rounds of the Asian Teams Championship in November.

The start of 2011 saw him place =4th in the Tata Steel (Group B) (2011) with a creditable 7.5/13, a point shy of the lead, while his subsequent participation in the Aeroflot Open (2011) was cut short after six rounds due to his withdrawal from the event because of exhaustion. Despite that, he achieved excellent results in the blitz event held after the tournament and in the 17th Asian Cities tournament held in Jakarta a few months later (see below in Team Play). In June 2011, he came =1st alongside Giri and Hans Tikkanen at the 19th Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2011) in Sweden. His results thereafter, until the 2012 Quebec Open (see below) essentially maintained parity with his rating, including 5/10 at the Airports Authority of India (2011) in New Delhi also in June, 9/13 at the Philippine Championship (although he placed first), 6.5/9 in the Indonesian Open, 2nd at the 26th SEA Games 2011 in Indonesia, his drawn match in Illinois against Meier (see below), and his 6/9 at the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012) where he just missed qualifying for the 2013 World Cup. He scored outright first at the Quebec Invitational Open 2012 with 7.5/9 (TPR 2789), a half point clear of Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon. In July 2012, he maintained rating parity by placing =3rd (3rd on tiebreak), behind Dutch GM Ivan Sokolov and US GM Alexander Shabalov in the World Open held in Philadelphia in the USA and by winning the 2012 Toronto International Crown. His 5/10 at the SPICE Cup (2012) was basically par for rating. Several months later, an excellent =1st (2nd behind Pavel Eljanov), with 8/10 at the powerful Reykjavik Open (2013) enabled So's rating to surpass 2700 for the first time. In May 2013, So won the 2013 Calgary International Chess Classic with a round to spare with a final score of 8/9 after winning the preliminary blitz bout with 9/9. In June 2013, So participated in and placed =1st (winning on tiebreak) with 5/6 in the 2013 Las Vegas International Open alongside Alejandro Ramirez-Alvarez; Webster colleague and Mexican #1, Manuel Leon Hoyos; Jaan Ehlvest and Varuzhan Akobian. In July 2013, Wesley So won the gold medal at the Universiade (2013) and in October 2013, he won the 6 round DRR category 18 Unive Crown Group (2013) with a round to spare.

So's inaugural participation in a super tournament was at the category 20 Tata Steel (2014). He finished with a solid 6/11 (+3 -2 =6), placing =4th behind Levon Aronian, Anish Giri and Sergey Karjakin respectively, and 6th on tiebreak behind Fabiano Caruana and Leinier Dominguez Perez.


At the Japfa Chess Festival 2008 held in Jakarta in April 2008, So played the six-game Japfa Match (2008) against Indonesian GM Megaranto and won by 6-4 (+3 =3). In March 2012 in Skokie, Illinois, USA, he played and drew a four-game match (=4) with German GM Georg Meier.

Team Play

So won a Team Silver Medal and an Individual Gold Medal in the 6th ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championship held in 2004 in Vung Tau in Vietnam. He also won an Individual Gold Medal at the 7th ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championship held in 2005 in Pattaya in Thailand. In August 2007, he won the gold medal for first board for the Philippines at the World Under-16 Olympiad with a phenomenal score of 9.5/10. In 2006, at the age of 12 he became the youngest ever member of the national men's team to participate at the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006), scoring a creditable 3/5 on the reserve board. In March 2007, So won the gold medal playing board 3 after scoring 7.5/9 for Tagaytay – which came second in a field of 18 city teams - in the Asian Cities Team Championship held in Tehran, Iran.** In 2008, he played board 2 for the Philippines at the Dresden Olympiad (2008) and in 2010, board 1 at the Chess Olympiad (2010). In 2009 Wesley played for the Bank of Qingdao team in the Chinese Chess League, scoring 4 points out of the 5 rated games he played. In the 19th Asian Cities Championship held in Jakarta in 2011, Wesley won silver playing top board for his 4th placed (out of 24 city teams) Tagaytay team. So again played board 1 for the Philippines in the 40th Chess Olympiad (2012), scoring 6.5/11 (+2 =9; TPR 2710) and helping the team win bronze in Rating Category B. In December 2013, he played board 3 for Webster University in the PanAm 2013, winning 6/6 games and helping his team to top place to qualify for the College Final Four playoffs. These were held in New York in April 2014, and he helped his team to win the event.

Blitz and Rapid Play

So won individual Gold Medals in Rapid Chess in the 6th and 7th ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championship held in 2004 in Vung Tau, Vietnam and in 2005 in Pattaya, Thailand; other awards he won at these two events were a Team Silver for Rapid Chess in 2004 and an Individual Gold Medal for Blitz in 2005. Although his classical score at Calvia in 2006 was average, he won the award for being the best U16 blitz player in the event held immediately afterwards. Toward the end of 2007 after he gained his GM title, Wesley So won the Christmas Invitational Blitz Tournament from a powerful field of IMs and GMs. In addition to winning the international open at Dubai in 2008, he also took third place at the sidelight blitz tournament of that event. Despite withdrawing from the main tournament at Aeroflot 2011, So competed in the blitz event held as a sidelight, placing 5th, 1.5 points behind the winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In the 2011 SEA Games held in Indonesia, So secured the only gold chess medal for the Philippines, winning 9-0 in the blitz event. In 2011 and 2012, he won the ACC Blitz Championship in Ho Chi Minh City, finishing 1st on tiebreak in 2011 and outright first by half a point in 2012. In July 2012, he scored 9/10 to place =1st and share the prize money with Robert Lee Hess at the Blitz Championship held at the World Open Championship in Philadelphia. Later that month, he defeated Ray Robson 23-9 in's 7th Blitz "Death Match". He contested the 2nd Noel Skelton Open, which took place from 31st August to 1st September in Minnesota, and easily won the event with 5/5.

Wesley So is one of the most formidable blitz players on the internet, his best rating on the ICC website clocking in at 3604. His original handle was Wesley16 which he eventually changed to foster-.***


Wesley So’s favorite chess books are Nimzovich’s <My System> and various books by Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky. His favorite player is Magnus Carlsen (2009 interview). He is now part of the Webster University chess team, under the SPICE Program run by GM Zsuzsa Polgar.

Rating and Ranking

Wesley So was the youngest player ever to cross the 2600 rating mark, 9 days short of his 15th birthday, until 2013 when Chinese prodigy Wei Yi achieved the mark while he was still 14. On 1 March 2013, So's rating crossed over to 2701 (the 92nd player to achieve 2700).

As of 1 April 2014, So's FIDE ratings are:

<Classical>: 2738 (#1 Filipino; #2 in Asia; world #19);

<Rapid>: 2642; and

<Blitz>: 2734.

Live rating:


Interview in 2009 with William Stewart:; FIDE tournament records: ; Pinoy Chess; ; * World's Youngest Grandmasters: and World's Youngest GM: article by IM Cardoso: **;; and; ***

Wikipedia article: Wesley so

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 496  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. W So vs V Belous 1-041 2003 Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
2. W So vs Z Javakhadze 1-055 2003 Wch U10B10 Caro-Kann
3. Negi vs W So 1-034 2003 Wch U10B33 Sicilian
4. W So vs N Galopoulos  0-153 2003 Wch U10C00 French Defense
5. T Pipan vs W So 0-126 2003 Wch U10B33 Sicilian
6. D Swiercz vs W So 1-073 2003 Wch U10B33 Sicilian
7. Do Duc Minh vs W So 0-120 2004 ASEAN-ch5 U12B33 Sicilian
8. W So vs Md Omar Ak Hafizon Pg  ½-½57 2004 ASEAN-ch5 U12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. W So vs Minh Doan Vu Hoang 1-035 2004 ASEAN-ch5 U12A07 King's Indian Attack
10. W So vs O Kanmazalp  1-029 2004 Wch U12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. Mark Ho En Tian vs W So 0-131 2004 ASEAN-ch5 U12B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
12. A Rosell vs W So  1-043 2004 Wch U12A80 Dutch
13. Bui Manh Hung vs W So  0-144 2004 ASEAN-ch5 U12B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
14. Ding Liren vs W So 1-023 2004 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
15. W So vs Caruana 1-027 2004 WYCC - B12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
16. W So vs Zhao Xue 1-039 2005 Singapore International Masters OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. W So vs Y R Chan  1-038 2005 ASEAN-ch6 U12C26 Vienna
18. S Neubronner vs W So 0-125 2005 ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
19. S Sjugirov vs W So 1-033 2005 Belfort YWCC boys under 12B30 Sicilian
20. F Firmansyah vs W So 0-142 2005 ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
21. S Narayanan vs W So 0-138 2005 Belfort YWCC boys under 12A07 King's Indian Attack
22. W So vs J S Chung 1-029 2005 ASEAN-ch6 U12B01 Scandinavian
23. Robson vs W So ½-½47 2005 Belfort YWCC boys under 12B33 Sicilian
24. D Lo Kin Mun vs W So 0-154 2005 ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
25. I Nyzhnyk vs W So 0-133 2005 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
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Apr-15-14  hatsis: <iking: i like that approach GM Susan ...>

I don't like it, artificial rating, top five. Confusing.... hehe

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  john barleycorn: in business life this kind of posts (Polgar's posts) are labelled <cover your a ss>. Normally sent out at about the same time you wisely (not wesley) prepare 2 envelopes...
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  john barleycorn: <Susan Polgar: ...If he wants it bad enough, as is willing to make sacrifices, he will reach the top 5-10. But if he thinks he can do it with just pure talent and a little work, it will not happen....>

A coach should know his student/trainee a bit better than that.

Apr-15-14  iking: it seems that <JBCorn> knows better .... i better leave and lift my chair
Apr-15-14  Mendrys: <john barleycorn: << in business life this kind of posts (Polgar's posts) are labelled <cover your a ss>. Normally sent out at about the same time you wisely (not wesley) prepare 2>>> It was a fairly straightforward comment. I'm not sure what you mean by <cover your ass>. What is there to cover? Perhaps you are looking for some ulterior motive here that does not exist?
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  john barleycorn: <Mendrys> when things are not going smoothly in the right direction in business life, it is common to write memo's and things in order to "prove" that at least you have done everything and are not the one to blame. That is usually called "cover your a ss". I am under the impression that things don't run that smoothly at Webster's, take for example Wesley So's escapade from last time.

Then when Susan Polgar's writes:
"If he wants it bad enough, as is willing to make sacrifices, he will reach the top 5-10. But if he thinks he can do it with just pure talent and a little work, it will not happen" I think there are many "ifs".

A coach should know his student not only his calibre (which is beyond question) but also his commitment. And if commitment to hard work is lacking that is motivation time and part of the coaches job. Seemingly, and as I understand it Susan Polgar doesn't know / isn't sure about Wesley's commitment to hard work.

Hope that makes my point of view clearer. Something needs to fixed at Webster's.

Apr-15-14  art00: Perhaps, its time to revisit what Wesley posted on March 8, 2014 (back on page 6020). Its pretty straightforward and easy enough to comprehend:

<<Wesley So>: I request from everyone to show utmost respect to my coach Susan. She is a many time World Chess Champion, a many time coach of the year, and has numerous countless awards and trophies in the field of chess. I am glad that her SPICE program has helped develop many chess players, and has introduced many new people into the game. Her Webster Chess Team is now probably the strongest and most successful collegiate team in the world. And she is very successful not only in chess, but in many areas in life. She has developed all her students to improve and to become better citizens.

<If you respect me, please stop asking my coach about my personal life.>

I am doing just fine, and my goals are all set this year for me to become the best that I can be.

Let us talk more about how to develop chess and improve the sport, for it to become more popular to the outside world.>


Apr-15-14  Mendrys: <john barleycorn> I wasn't aware of any problems with the Webster University chess team or with Webster University itself. Please explain what problems they are having that should lead one to think that the comment by GM Polgar shouldn't be taken at face value. It is rather generic in that the same thing has been said by many coaches of top competitors of all kinds. As well it is in response to comments that Wesley's and his coaches main goal is to achieve a particular rating, rather than to concentrate on improving.
Apr-15-14  Chesspiece: To Susan Polgar:
A Word of Caution
Losing tournament games to lower rated players does not bode well in the long run on the self confidence for a top player like Wesley So. Focusing on weaknesses alone is an attempt to downplay a topnotch player’s successes and accomplishments. Positive development, encouragement, and using the basic foundation because of Wesley’s natural talents are reinforcements to boost his confidence. Reminders to play tough, with patience, and in top shape all the time will probably suit him well, rather than experimenting on new ideas in actual games. I’m sorry to say that if you’ll instill and put in Wesley’s mind that he has so many weaknesses, he’s doomed to fail. People respond differently. Wesley may be responding better on positive than negative comments and may be different from your other players. You should find out and know if your type of coaching has positive or negative effects on Wesley and how he responds to it. You should know by now if this exists. If there is a lot of push and pull attitude then there is definitely no match on the coach’s strategy. Sometime a coach has to change their ways to get better results. Eventually, a topnotch player must be able to know for himself if his current coach is positive to him or a deterrent to further his success. A prolonged relationship, without looking for a better one, is merely maintaining the status quo. Meantime, your efforts are very much appreciated!
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  HeMateMe: <She is a many time World Chess Champion, a many time coach of the year, and has numerous countless awards and trophies in the field of chess>

Do they offer a remedial English course at Webster?

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  perfidious: <HMM> If such a course is on offer, it might serve a few people well, whose native language is English, to take it.
Apr-15-14  torrefan: And correct would have been <HeMatesMe> if I may add (which I did). Thank you.
Apr-15-14  torrefan: <Seemingly, and as I understand it Susan Polgar doesn't know / isn't sure about Wesley's commitment to hard work.>

The most important function of a coach, as we've seen countless of times in the movies, is to deliver pep talks to their wards.

Words are actually enemies of understanding and if one does not realize this then there is always this failure to comprehend.

So it is not really that you must read between the lines. You must read BEHIND the lines, like a good General knowing what goes on behind enemy lines.

Apr-15-14  torrefan: <I’m sorry to say that if you’ll instill and put in Wesley’s mind that he has so many weaknesses, he’s doomed to fail.>

Correct. Except that SP never said anything like that. What she said is something to the effect that Wesley has weaknesses WHICH CAN BE REMEDIED. She never focused "on weaknesses alone" and is was almost always the first to laud Wesley's successes.

Having read behind the lines, I therefore declare that your post is out of order.

Apr-15-14  torrefan: <Pulo y Gata: there's always more than meets the eye, in anything and everything. it's up for us to convince ourselves that we understand another being, ourselves, life, chess, the universe. such teleological approach is necessary if we are not to annihilate ourselves and those around us.>

Very well said. What "meets the eye" are the words. But it is BEHIND the words that meaning can be found.

Apr-15-14  torrefan: <jimmy77: There seems to be more than what meets the eye in the pronouncement of Susan. It is for us to read between the lines and understand the situation>

A combination of brilliance and a blunder. The first sentence is insightful, but the second sentence is a mistake. Between the lines is the void. There's nothing there. Meaning is always hidden BEHIND the phalanx of words!

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  HeMateMe: As a college student, shouldn't he talk gooder?
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  perfidious: Mebbe, but Ah dunno.
Apr-15-14  resty: Don't worry, <jimmy>. As a fan of GM Wesley So, just continue reading BETWEEN the lines. By the time you have taken the position of a war general, then that would be the time for you to read BEHIND the lines.
Apr-15-14  dunkenchess: Discussing things behind, between and infront the words and lines doesn't auger well with me for there are no chess pieces to play among the words. Just play and play chess, its good for us here. As a saying of a Philipino; more talk more mistake, less talk less mistake, and no talk no mistake. Our question is 'how's Wesley doing now?'
Apr-15-14  lakers4sho: Busted
Apr-15-14  resty: Dig the soil. Use an auger.


Apr-15-14  lakers4sho: Auger on sale @ Michael's
Apr-16-14  dunkenchess: LOL! When I was young I used a small axe to dig a well for water to water our plants in the backyard garden. I also used an auger to clean the garden. But my elder brothers don't bother the unbroken runs of boundless disrespect from hecklers. LOL!


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  wordfunph: <Chesspiece: To Susan Polgar: A Word of Caution
Losing tournament games to lower rated players does not bode well in the long run on the self confidence for a top player like Wesley So.>


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