THE COUNTRY’S no.1 player, 16-year-old GM Wesley So (2674), is the no. 4 seed in a FIDE Category 17 (2658 Elo points), all-GM, high-profile Biel International Chess Festival dubbed as Young Grandmaster Tournament which began yesterday in Biel, Switzerland.
“I hope to perform well and to break the 2700 Elo mark,” said So, World Number 1 U18 and Youngest player in the World Top-60.
“Wesley is an inspiration, a very young hero who reminds us that indeed the Filipino can be among the world’s best” said National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president/chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. in a seperate interview.
Other invited players are no. 1 and 19-year-old GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France (2723), no. 2 and 23-year-old GM Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia (2708), no. 3 and 17-year-old GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy (2697), no. 5 and 16-year-old GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands (2674), no. 6 and 20-year-old GM Dmitry Andreikin of Russia (2650), no. 7 and 20-year-old GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam (2617), no. 8 and 19-year-old GM David Howell of England (2616), no. 9 and 17-year-old GM Parimarjan Negi of India (2615) and no. 10 and 21-year-old GM Maxim Rodhstein of Israel (2609). — Marlon Bernardino
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