RFT Names Wesley So 2014 ‘Best College Athlete in St. Louis’

| September 25, 2014
National Championship

So and his Webster teammates hold the 2014 President’s Cup, the national championship trophy in collegiate chess.

Webster University junior Wesley So has been a key member of Webster’s back-to-back national championship-winning chess team, seeing his world ranking climb from 95th to 14th over the past two years as he has excelled in multiple competitions. Now a local publication has named him the best college athlete in St. Louis.

The Riverfront Times, the primary St. Louis alternative weekly founded in 1977, praised So in its annual Best of St. Louis Awards.

Writes the RFT:

If you see Webster University junior Wesley So around town, make sure to address him by his official title: Grandmaster Wesley So. OK, don’t do that, but the kid is a chess prodigy. (And, yes, chess is a sport. It’s officially recognized as such by the International Olympic Committee, you haters.)

So learned to play from his dad when he was just seven years old — an age many of us are still learning to “tie” our Velcro shoes. By the age of ten he was competing in international chess tournaments, and at fourteen he attained the highest title in his sport — grandmaster — making him the eighth youngest in the world to achieve such status.

Now the twenty-year-old is ranked No. 14 worldwide and is a member of the top collegiate chess team in the country at Webster University. He has also won multiple national and international titles, such as the 2013 World University Championship and the 2014 National Open Blitz Championship. Oh, and he gives lessons, too. That’s — wait for it — So cool.

 

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