Wesley So

Wesley So, who is currently considered as the strongest chess player from the Philippines, achieved the GM title at the age of 14 years, 1 month and 28 days, making him the 7th youngest person to achieve the Grandmaster title in the history of chess. Before becoming a Grandmaster, So had become the youngest Filipino International Master at the age of 12 years and 10 months. In January 2009, he achieved a rating of 2627, a Philippine national record, surpassing the Elo 2621 rating of GM Mark Paragua in April 2006. In 2006, Wesley So became the youngest member of the national men's team to participate at the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy at the age of 12. In December of the same year, he also became the youngest National Open Chess Champion. In May 2007, he went on to become the youngest National Junior Open Chess Champion. Wesley won the gold medal on board one at the 2007 World Under 16 Team Championship with a score of 9½/10. Wesley got his first GM norm in Germany and his second GM norm in the 2007 World Junior Chess Championship in Armenia. He achieved his third and final Grandmaster norm at the third Pichay Cup in Manila, Philippines, thus becoming the youngest Filipino Grandmaster at the age of 14. Winning the 2009 Corus chess tournament for the Grandmaster C group, 2008 Dubai Open Chess Championships, Battle of RP GMs were just among the list of his titles achieved so far in his very young age.
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