Webster Freshman Wesley So Reaches Historic Chess Marks in Iceland

| February 27, 2013
2012 SPICE Cup Invitational

Wesley So becomes the first player from the Philippines to break 2700.

In the final chess match at the Reykjavik Open, Webster University freshman grandmaster Wesley So drew with the black pieces against the world’s former #6 player, Ukrainian grandmaster Pavel Eljanov, to tie for first place. In addition to the prestigious title, So accomplished two major historic feats:

He is now officially the first player from the Philippines to break the 2700 rating mark. Only 53 current players in the entire chess world of over 700 million players have ratings over this mark.

He is also the first player in the 67-year history of American College Chess to break 2700. In fact, other than some of his teammates at Webster University (Georg Meier, Ray Robson, Fidel Corrales Jimenez, and Manuel Leon Hoyos), no current U.S collegiate player has international rating over 2600. This is the reason why Webster University is the #1 ranked divisi.on I college team in the nation.

In addition, Wesley So is now the #2 ranked junior in the world, passing Yu Yangyi of China. He had already earned a spot in the 2013 World Cup taking place in August in Tromso, Norway,

The news of So breaking 2700 is making major mainstream news in the Philippines, where he is the pride of a chess-loving nation.

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  1. Robert S. Paguia says:

    Congratulations to Wesley So for his historic feat of being the first Filipino to breach the 2700 ELO rating mark and for becoming the new #2 ranked junior in the world just behind Anish Giri. He has truly elevated chess here in our country and he has been sensational that he has distanced himself from the other Filipino GMs. As of 1st quarter of 2013, the next Filipino GM after So is GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. with an ELO rating of 2589 and who is seeking to breach the 2600 mark and become the country’s next Super GM. In Philippine history, only So, GM Mark Paragua and GM Eugene Torre, the Philippines and Asia’s first ever GM, were the ones to officially breach the 2600 level. GM Torre reached a high ELO rating of 2619 in 1986 when he was ranked World No. 40 while GM Paragua peaked at 2621 in April 2006 when he was ranked among the world’s Top 100 chess players.

  2. Joe says:

    Galing!