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Wesley So
W So 
Photograph copyright © 2017, used by permission.  
Number of games in database: 1,075
Years covered: 2003 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2788 (2763 rapid, 2824 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2822

Overall record: +299 -77 =391 (64.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 308 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (66) 
    B90 B42 B67 B33 B93
 Ruy Lopez (64) 
    C67 C65 C89 C78 C69
 Queen's Gambit Declined (29) 
    D37 D35 D31 D38 D39
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    D02 E00 E10 A46 A45
 Slav (28) 
    D10 D17 D12 D11 D15
 King's Indian (28) 
    E99 E60 E67 E92 E70
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (86) 
    B33 B30 B40 B90 B23
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C65 C67 C77 C80 C84
 Grunfeld (36) 
    D85 D70 D78 D86 D91
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    D02 A45 D05 D04 A50
 Slav (30) 
    D11 D12 D15 D10 D17
 French Defense (30) 
    C11 C07 C18 C01 C05
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W So vs Ding Liren, 2015 1-0
   W So vs Kasparov, 2016 1-0
   W So vs Akobian, 2016 1-0
   J Xiong vs W So, 2017 0-1
   W So vs M Mahjoob, 2007 1-0
   W So vs Kamsky, 2016 1-0
   W So vs M Prusikin, 2006 1-0
   W So vs F El Taher, 2006 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs W So, 2015 0-1
   Caruana vs W So, 2015 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group C (2009)
   Tata Steel (2017)
   9th Edmonton International (2014)
   Dubai Open (2008)
   US Championships (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   World Cup (2017)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   Millionaire Chess (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   World Cup (2009)
   World Cup (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2007)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
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   WESLEY SO's best games by iking
   Wesley So: The Road To Top by penismightier
   So: the future Champion by Zhbugnoimt
   Match So! by amadeus
   RPaterno1's favorite games ("Ramon's Lab") by RPaterno1
   Nina Myers' collected Sogasms by Nina Myers
   World Cup 2009 by GM Wesley So by LaFreak III
   Manuel G. Vergara's favorite games by Manuel G. Vergara

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 London Chess Classic
   Anand vs W So (Dec-11-17) 0-1
   W So vs Karjakin (Dec-10-17) 1/2-1/2
   Caruana vs W So (Dec-09-17) 1/2-1/2
   W So vs Aronian (Dec-08-17) 1/2-1/2
   Carlsen vs W So (Dec-06-17) 1/2-1/2

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WESLEY SO
(born Oct-09-1993, 24 years old) Philippines (federation/nationality United States of America)

[what is this?]

Born in Las Pinas, Philippines, Wesley So is a Filipino/American chess prodigy who attained the GM title at the age of 14 years, 1 month and 28 days. That made him the youngest GM in the world at that time. He was the Philippines' youngest ever International Master, youngest ever Grandmaster and the youngest ever National Champion.

Background

Wesley 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 World Junior Championship (2007) 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. 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.

So won the title in the Dubai Open (2008), "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. Later that year, 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 2012 he emigrated to the United States, and in 2014 he officially shifted his chess affiliation to the USA. In March 2016, So received the $42,000 Samford Fellowship. (1) In early 2017, So partnered with veteran player and coach Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov. (2)

As of April 2017, Wesley So is the USA's top player, as well as the #2 player in the world.

Rating and Ranking

Wesley So was the youngest player ever to cross the 2600 rating mark, 9 days before his 15th birthday, until 2013 when Chinese prodigy Wei Yi achieved the mark at the age of 14 years 5 months 23 days. In March 2013, So's rating crossed over to 2701 (the 92nd player to achieve 2700). In January 2017, So's rating was officially 2808. His April 2017 rating of 2822 makes him the 2nd strongest player in the world, behind only Magnus Carlsen.

Official Site

For more information please see: http://www.wesleyso.com/

Tournament History

2017 – USA • US Championship (2017) • St Louis
    Winner
2017 – USA • chess.com Pro League • St Louis
    Champions • St Louis Arch Bishops • MVP Wesley So
2017 – NETHERLANDS • Tata Steel (2017) • Wijk Aan Zee, Rotterdam, Haarlem
    1st Place

2016 – UNITED KINGDOM • The Grand Chess Tour • London
    1st Place
2016 – UNITED KINGDOM • London Chess Classic (2016) • London
    1st Place
2016 – ISLE OF MAN • Isle of Man Open (2016) • Douglas
    Tie for 3rd Place
2016 – AZERBAIJAN • 42nd Chess Olympiad (2016) • Baku
    GOLD MEDAL TEAM
    GOLD MEDAL THIRD BOARD
2016 – USA • Sinquefield Cup (2016) • St Louis
    1st Place
2016 – SPAIN • IX Bilbao Chess Masters Final • Bilbao
    3rd Place
2016 – BELGIUM • Grand Chess Tour Rapid & Blitz • Leuven
    2nd Place
2016 – FRANCE • Grand Chess Tour Rapid & Blitz • Paris
    4th Place
2016 – CHINA • 4 Game Match with Ding Liren • Shanghai
    2nd Place
2016 – USA • Ultimate Blitz Chess Challenge with Garry Kasparov • St. Louis
    2nd Place
2016 – USA • US Chess Championships • St. Louis
    2nd Place
2016 – USA • Awarded The Samford Chess Fellowship • US Chess Trust
    http://www.uschesstrust.org/2016-sa...
2016 – NETHERLANDS • Tata Steel Chess Event • Wijk Aan Zee
    4th Place

2015 – SPAIN • Bilbao Chess Masters • Bilbao
    1st Place – Champion
2015 – USA • Millionaire Chess • Las Vegas
    5th Place – Open
2015 – AZERBAIJAN • World Chess Cup • Baku
    4th Round
2015 – USA • Sinquefield Cup (2015) • St. Louis
    10th Place
2015 – TURKEY • Turkish Super League • Izmit
    2nd Place
2015 – GERMANY • Sparkassen Chess Meeting • Dortmund
    2nd Place
2015 – CZECH REPUBLIC • Cez Chess Trophy 4 Game Match • Prague
    1st Place
2015 – FRANCE • Top Twelve French League (CLICHY) • Petit Camargue
    2nd Place
2015 – AZERBAIJAN • Gashimov Memorial • Shamkir
    3rd Place
2015 – UNITED STATES • US Championships • St. Louis
    3rd Place
2015 – IRELAND • 22nd Bunratty Chess Festival • Bunratty
    1st Place
2015 – NETHERLANDS • Tata Steel Chess Event • Wijk Aan Zee
    Tied for 2nd Place

2014 – USA • North American Open • Las Vegas
    Open Section Champion
2014 – USA • US Chess League Champions • St. Louis
    Board One
2014 – USA • Millionaire Chess • Las Vegas
    1st Place Grand Prize Winner
2014 – USA • 3RD Noel Skelton Open • Minnesota
    1st Place
2014 – NORWAY • 41ST Chess Olympiad
    Coach for US team
2014 – ITALY • ACP Golden Classic
    1st  Place (Rated 2755)
2014 – CANADA • 9th Edmonton International (2014)
    2nd Place
2014 – USA • National Open Blitz Sectionals Las Vegas International Chess Festival
    1st Place
2014 – CUBA • Capablanca Memorial
    1st Place
2014 – USA • The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open
    Tie for 1st Place
2014 • USA • Final Four of College Chess
    1st  Place (Webster Team)
2014 • NETHERLANDS • Tata Steel Chess – Wijk Aan Zee
   Tie for 4th place

2013 – USA • Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship
    1st Place (Webster Team A)
2013 – TURKEY • World Chess Team Championship
    Coach for U.S.A. Team
2013 – NETHERLANDS • 17TH Unive Chess Tournament Hoogeveen
    1st Place
2013 – USA • 2ND Noel Skelton Open
    1st Place
2013 – NORWAY • World Cup
    Lost in 2nd round (64 players) knockout
2013 – RUSSIA • 27TH Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia
    Gold Medal
2013 – USA • Las Vegas International Chess Festival
    Triple Winner
2013 – CANADA • Calgary International Chess Classic and Blitz Championship
    1stPlace – Classic
    1st Place – Blitz
2013 – USA • The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open
    Tie for 1st Place
2013 – USA • Final Four of College Chess
    1st Place
2013 – ICELAND • The Reykjavik Open 2013
    Tie for 1st Place
    1st  player from the Philippines and the 1st player in the 67-year history of American Collegiate Chess to break the 2700 rating mark
    No. 2-ranked junior chess player in the world
2013 – PHILIPPINES • Asian Zonal 3.3 Chess Championship
    2nd  Place
    Qualifies in 2013 World Cup
2013 – USA • Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship
    Tie for 1st Place (Webster Team A & B)

2012 – USA • SPICE Blitz 2012
    1st Place
2012 – USA • The 3RD Annual Thanksgiving Open
    Tie for 2nd Place
2012 – USA • 2012 SPICE CUP Group A
    4th  Place
2012 – Chess.com’s 7th Blitz Match of Death • Wesley So vs. Ray Robson
    Defeated GM Ray Robson
2012 – CANADA • Quebec Open Chess Championship
    1st Place
2012 – CANADA • Toronto International Chess Championship
    1st Place
2012 – USA • Charity Chess Match Philippine Consulate 
    Organized by the Filipino-American Chess Club of New York
    Acting Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippine Mission to the UN in New York, Eduardo de Vega, joined the other chess players.
    20-chess players simultaneous
2012 – USA • 40TH Annual World Open 2012 – Blitz Championship
    Tie for 1st Place
2012 – USA • 40TH Annual World Open 2012
    3rd Place
2012 – FRANCE • French League TOP 12
    Clichy members: Ivanchuk, Van Wely, Wesley So, vice Jakovenko, Nispeanu and Maze
    Emerged 2012 champion – undefeated in 10 games
2012 – VIETNAM • 11TH Asian Individual Open/Blitz Chess Championships
    Undefeated in 18 games, 9 in the main event, and 9 in the Blitz Championship
    First place – Blitz
2012 – USA • The 28TH North American Masters: Georg Meier vs. Wesley So
    4 game classical match followed by 4 game rapid match (Tie)

2011 – INDONESIA • 26TH Southeast Asian Games
    Gold Medal – Finished undefeated with 9 points in the Blitz chess competition
    Silver Medal – Individual Standard
2011 – INDIA • Airports Authority of India Intl. Grandmasters Chess Tournament 
    5 points 4th place
2011 – INDONESIA • 17TH Asian Cities Chess Team Championship
    Tie for  2nd
2011 – PHILIPPINES • Battle of Grandmasters
   Place
2011 – SPAIN • Training with World’s #1 Chess player GM Magnus Carlsen
    GM Magnus Carlsen
2011 – RUSSIA • Qualifying World Blitz
    5th  place/ 194-player field. Qualified for World Blitz
2011 – NETHERLANDS • 73rd Corus Chess, Grandmasters Group B Tata Steel
    4th  place

2010 – CHINA • The 16TH Asian Games
    Silver Medal for Team Philippines
2010 – USA • 2010 SPICE CUP Group A
    Tie for 2nd  Place
2010 – RUSSIA • 39TH World Chess Olympiad 2010
    RP Team: Rank 50th (149 teams)
2010 – PHILIPPINES • Campomanes Memorial Cup
    7th place
2010 – PHILIPPINES • Battle of Grandmasters
    1st Place
2010 – NETHERLANDS • NH Chess Tournament Rising Stars vs Experience
    Rising stars 26 (1st)
    Experience 24
2010 – SWITZERLAND • 2010 Biel Young Grandmasters Chess Championship
    5th Place
2010 – PHILIPPINES • 2010 ASIAN Continental Chess Championships
    2nd Place
    Qualify for World Cup
2010 – RUSSIA • World Blitz Championship Prelim
   62nd place / 156-player field
2010 – RUSSIA • Aeroflot Open 2010, Group A1
    Top Junior Award
    11th place / 80-player field
2010 – NETHERLANDS • 72ND Corus Chess 2010, Grandmasters Group B
    5th Place

2009 – RUSSIA •2009 World Chess Cup
    Final 16
    Defeated Gadir Guseinov and had victories over former world championship contenders Vassily Ivanchuk (ELO 2739) and Gata Kamsky (ELO 2695)
2009 – USA • Spice Cup Group A
    Tie for 2nd Place
2009 – USA • 30-Board Simul with Fresno Chess Club
    30-0
2009 – VIETNAM • Zone 3.3 Fide World Chess Championship
    Medal: Silver
    2nd Place
    Qualify for World Cup
2009 – PHILIPPINES • Asian Continental Chess Open Championship
    Rank: 21st place (85 players)
    Tie for 4th Place
2009 – CHINA • Chinese Chess League (for Bank of Qingdao Team)
    Team: Rank 9 Scored 4/6
2009 – Philippines • Battle of Grandmasters
    1st Place
2009 – RUSSIA • Aeroflot Open 2009, Group A1
    Top Junior Winner
2009 – NETHERLANDS • 71st Corus Group C (2009)
    1st place/Qualified for B Group
    "Beste Jone Talente" Award

2008 – UAE • 1ST Asian Chess Club Championship
    Individual: Board 1 Gold Medalist
    Team: 4th place
2008 – GERMANY • 38TH World Chess Olympiad 2008
    RP Team: Rank 46th (100 teams)
    Best Olympiad performer in RP
2008 – PHILIPPINES • 4TH Pichay Cup International Open
    Tie for 3rd Place (68 players)
    Ranked 5th
2008 – PHILIPPINES • 3RD President GMA Cup International Open
    Tie for 5th Place (72 players)
2008 – VIETNAM • 1ST Dragon Capital Chess Open/1ST ASEAN Grand Prix
    Tie for 2nd (30 players)
    2nd  in ASEAN Grand Prix
    Team: 3rd Place (26 teams)
2008 – TURKEY • World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad
    Individual: Gold Medal
    Team: 3rd  Place (26 teams)
2008 – TURKEY • World Junior Chess Championship
    9th Place (109 players)
    Tie for 8th  — 14th Place
2008 – PHILIPPINES • 1ST Subic Bay International Open Chess Championship
    2nd  Place
2008 – PHILIPPINES • 2ND Philippine Open International Chess Championship
    10th  Place (73 players)
2008 – INDONESIA • 2008 Japfa Chess Festival
    1st Place
2008 – UAE • 10TH Dubai Open Chess Championship
    1st  Place
2008 – PHILIPPINES • Battle of Grandmasters
    1st Place
2008 – INDONESIA • Asean Masters Chess Circuit 2008 GM Tournament A
    4th Place

2007 – PHILIPPINES • 3RD Pichay Cup International Open
    5th Place
    3rd GM Norm
    World’s 7th Youngest GM at 14 years old
    Youngest Filipino GM in their history
2007 – PHILIPPINES • 2ND President GMA CUP International Open
    9th Place (64 participants)
2007 – MACAU • 2ND Asian Indoor Games (participated by 32 countries)
    Team Rapid Chess: 4th Place
    Team Classical Chess: 7th Place
    Team Blitz Chess: 6th Place
2007 – ARMENIA • World Junior Chess Championship
    2nd GM Norm
    Tie for 6th Place
2007 – PHILIPPINES • The 6TH Asian Individual Chess Championship
    Tie for 5th Place
2007 – SINGAPORE • World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad
    Individual: Gold Medal
    Team: 3rd Place
2007 – PHILIPPINES • Philippine Open International Chess Championship
    Rank 15th
2007 – IRAN • 15th Asian Cities Chess Champion
    Team: 2nd (Silver Medal)
    Individual: Gold Medal for Performance Rating and Percentage Score
2007 – VIETNAM • Fide (Zone 3.3) World Chess Championship
    Tie for 3rd Place

2006 – SINGAPORE • 3rd Masters International Open Chess Tournament
    Tie for 4th Place (99 Players)
2006 – PHILIPPINES • 1ST President GMA Cup International Chess Tournament
    Top Juniors
    Tie for 6th Place
2006 – GERMANY • Offene Internationale Bayerische Shach Meisterschaft
    Tie for 2nd  Place
    1st GM Norm
    Creativity
    Award: Chosen by Russian Website e3e5
2006 – SPAIN • III Festival de Ajedrez Open Internacionale
    BEST Under 16 Blitz
2006 – MALAYSIA • 3rd IGB Dato’ Arthur Tan Open Chess Championship
    BEST Under-16 Player 3RD International Master Norm
2006 – ITALY • 2ND San Marino Open Internationale di Scacchi
    BEST Under-16 Player – 2nd IM Norm
2006 – ITALY • 37TH World Chess Olympiad
    Youngest RP Olympian
2006 – UAE • 8TH Dubai Open Chess Championship
    1st IM Norm

2005 – SINGAPORE • Masters/Challengers Int’l. Open Tournament
    BEST Under-12 Player
2005 – FRANCE • 12th Nice Open International
    9th Place
2005 – FRANCE • World Youth Chess Championship
    TIE 1st Place
2005 – THAILAND • 7th Asean Age-Group Chess Championship
    GOLD, "Standard Chess – Individual"
    GOLD, "Rapid Chess – Individual"
    GOLD, "Blitz Chess – Individual"
2004 – GREECE • World Youth Chess Championship
    13th Place
2004 – VIETNAM • 6th  Asian Age-Group Chess Championship
    GOLD "Standard Chess" (Individual)
    GOLD "Rapid Chess" (Individual)
    SILVER "Standard Chess" (Team)
    SILVER "Rapid Chess" (Team)

2003 – GREECE • World Youth Chess Championship
    19th Place

1) https://new.uschess.org/news/2016-s...
2) http://en.chessbase.com/post/wesley...

Last updated: 2017-05-11 00:11:52

 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,074  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Pipan vs W So 0-1262003Wch U10B33 Sicilian
2. W So vs N Galopoulos  0-1532003Wch U10C00 French Defense
3. W So vs Z Javakhadze 1-0552003Wch U10B10 Caro-Kann
4. Negi vs W So 1-0342003Wch U10B33 Sicilian
5. W So vs V Belous 1-0412003Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
6. D Swiercz vs W So 1-0732003Wch U10B33 Sicilian
7. Mark Ho En Tian vs W So 0-1312004ASEAN-ch5 U12B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
8. M Bui vs W So 0-1442004ASEAN-ch5 U12B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
9. W So vs Minh Doan Vu Hoang 1-0352004ASEAN-ch5 U12A07 King's Indian Attack
10. W So vs Md Omar Ak Hafizon Pg  ½-½572004ASEAN-ch5 U12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. Do Duc Minh vs W So 0-1202004ASEAN-ch5 U12B33 Sicilian
12. W So vs Caruana 1-0272004WYCC - B12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. Ding Liren vs W So 1-0232004Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
14. A Rosell vs W So 1-0432004Wch U12A80 Dutch
15. W So vs O Kanmazalp 1-0292004Wch U12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
16. S Neubronner vs W So 0-1252005ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
17. W So vs Y Chan 1-0382005ASEAN-ch6 U12C26 Vienna
18. Firman Syah Farid vs W So 0-1422005ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
19. W So vs J Chung 1-0292005ASEAN-ch6 U12B01 Scandinavian
20. I Nyzhnyk vs W So 0-1332005Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
21. D Lo Kin Mun vs W So 0-1542005ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
22. Duy Linh Dang vs W So 0-1262005ASEAN-ch6 U12E41 Nimzo-Indian
23. W So vs Mark Ho En Tian 1-0402005ASEAN-ch6 U12B01 Scandinavian
24. Robson vs W So ½-½472005Belfort YWCC boys under 12B33 Sicilian
25. S Sjugirov vs W So 1-0332005Belfort YWCC boys under 12B30 Sicilian
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Dec-11-17  paczs: Congrats Gm wes!!!!
Dec-12-17  paulegaevsky: Congrats Idol Wes. Galing naman. GOD bless.
Dec-12-17  jimmy77: Placement of Candidates participants in the just concluded London Chess Classic:

1. Caruana - tied for 1st and 2nd;
2. Wesley - tied for 3rd to 5th;
3. Aronian - 7th;
4. Karjakin - 8th;

Not bad at all for Wesley; at this stage of preparation for the Candidates.

Next test is Tata Steel, where 5 Candidates participants will be competing (Caruana, Mamedyarov, Wesley, Kramnik and Karjakin).

As I have said, the players to watch leading to the Candidates and the Csndidates itself are the following:

1. Caruana
2. Aronian
3. Mamedyarov
4. Wesley

Dec-12-17  mcten: From Jeddah n all parts of Middle East, we congratulate you LODI Wes for a very fine performance in the just concluded 2017 LCC. The last rd where you've beaten the former World Champion in VA was an indication of your very sound approach in playing against anybody in the whole CHESS WORLD. Petmalu ka talaga :)
Dec-12-17  knightF5: Wesley is one of the best chess players, if not the best, who can ingeniously gallops his knights around the board. It is one of his natural talents that he can exploit in the Candidates and beyond.
Dec-12-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Wesley So: Hello and thank you to all my friends here!

We are still in London because the closing dinner is tonight. Wish I had done a little better here but I did what I could and am grateful to God for everything. His plans are beyond human comprehension and that is why we need to trust in spite of appearances.

Moving on now and looking forward to home. I wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and remind that Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Don’t buy too much material things. Give love and mercy.

Dec-12-17  Kapmigs: Thanks for reminding us about the relevance of the season.
Dec-12-17  Pugacium: Thanks Wesley for dropping by. Praying for your continued success in the new year!

He is also the reason that we can celebrate! Merry Christmas! God bless always!

Dec-12-17  MidwestChessFan: Jesus is the Reason for the Season. I believe it. God bless you Wesley!
Dec-12-17  batongol: Wesley So beats former world champ Anand, finishes co-3rd in London Chess Classic

ANAND: Thanks all for the wishes. Chess wise has been a bad day. Akhil thinks Im in London to buy a Santa. So thats what Im going to do. Any ideas on where I could get a suitcase friendly Santa & Donner the reindeer!.

Wesley So: " I didn’t know it was his birthday and also I play well against my opponents’ birthdays. Last year I beat Nakamura and someone else"

(sino kaya yung someone else?)

read more..
https://www.rappler.com/sports/by-s...

Dec-12-17  5hrsolver: Congrats Wesley. Happy Holidays to you.
Dec-12-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessobserver: Salamat Wesley!
Dec-12-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Amulet: Merry Christmas Wesley and WSFFCI!
Dec-12-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tedceldor: Thanks for dropping by champ.
Dec-12-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <Wesley So> Seasons Greetings!

Here's a nice tour of London = https://youtu.be/p3j2NYZ8FKs

Go Wesley!

Dec-12-17  batongol: London Chess Classic: Fabiano Caruana wins title after play-offs; Viswanathan Anand loses to Wesley So in final round

Another player who went out last night was Viswanathan Anand, whose 48th birthday had coincided with the final round of the Classic. He was out to do some Christmas shopping and perhaps to get into a festive mood putting his dismal performance at the tournament behind. The final round hadn’t been as pleasant for him. Playing from the white side of an equal-looking Italian, he was systematically outplayed by Wesley So.

So was able to equalize comfortably out of the opening and soon seized the initiative. By the time endgame was reached, So’s queen and two knights had much more activity than their white counterparts. The position was still objectively equal but the onus of being precise was on Anand. On move 27, Anand lost thread of the position just like he had previously in the tournament and went down astonishingly fast.

For So, this was a welcome victory after eight consecutive draws. After the game, he said he wasn’t aware that it was Anand’s birthday but also pointed out that he generally does well against his opponent on their birthdays. He further mentioned that he had also beaten Nakamura last year on his birthday.

continue reading..
http://www.firstpost.com/sports/lon...

Dec-12-17
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  WinKing: Merry Christmas Wes! Hope you have a joyous Holiday Season.
Dec-12-17  jimmy77: If there will be no changes in the qualification criteria for the Grand Chess Tour, I think Wesley will still qualify for the Tour.
Dec-12-17  jimmy77: I like where Wesley's currently form is in relation to the upcoming Candidates tournament.

He is slowly getting in the same form and mode as he was in 2016 when he was winning super tournaments.

As the tournament gets closer, we will get a glimpse of his form when he competes in Tata Steel in January, roughly a month and a half before the Candidates.

Dec-12-17  jimmy77: Based on the live ratings, 7 of the 8 participants to the Candidates are in the list of the world's Top Ten players.

Only Karjakin is outside of the list. He is currently rated 14th.

Dec-12-17  Pugacium: Wesley might want to use d4 openings more frequently as part of the win-with-white-draw-with-black strategy based on AlphaZero white paper/report. It could influence the prep of players in the candidates tournament. This would be interesting to watch.
Dec-12-17
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  chessobserver: AlphaZero mostly positional rather than tactics, is it true?
Dec-13-17  Pugacium: Not entirely true. It won a few games with deep & clever tactics. It’s how it arrived at with its choice of move where it pursued only mostly promising continuations, much like what humans do selectively.
Dec-13-17
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  chessobserver: Almost like intuition.
Dec-13-17
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  iking: 'pag kulay itim, itim na talaga
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