Happy 24th Birthday to Wesley So!

Happy 24th Birthday to Wesley So! He has a chance to qualify for Candidates</h2

Wesley Barbasa So (born October 9, 1993) is a Filipino-American chess grandmaster. He is the current U.S. Chess Champion. He represented the Philippines until transferring to the United States in 2015.

A former chess prodigy, So became the youngest player to pass 2600 Elo rating in October 2008, breaking the record previously held by Magnus Carlsen. This record has since been broken by John M. Burke. In early 2013, So passed 2700 and in January 2017 So became the 11th player to pass 2800 Elo.

So won the 2017 Tata Steel Masters, the 2016 Grand Chess Tour title after claiming victory in the Sinquefield Cup and London Chess Classic, and the 2015 Bilbao Chess Masters. He is also a three-time Philippines Chess Champion.

Photos courtesy of Antonio Milesi

09 October 2017, 08:06 GMT
# Name Classic +/− Rapid Blitz Age
6 ↑1 So 2788.0 0.0 2793.0 2747.0 24
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