- Mundial Ranking: 2º
Born: 09/10/1993 (Age 23) Las Piñas, Philippines
Fide Title: Grand Master
Federation: United States
Maximum score: 2808 (January 2017)
Wesley So learned chess at age seven, taught by his father, whom he began to defeat very soon after. He made an impact in 2006 when he qualified to be part of the Philippine Olympic team at the age of 12, and raise his rating from 2216 to 2451. He achieved the title of Grandmaster in 2007, after turning 14, obtaining his first major international success in 2008: winning the Dubai Open. In that same year he managed to be the youngest player to go over the 2600. At the beginning of 2009 he won the Wijk aan Zee C tournament and later conquered a great world cup by eliminating Gadir Guseinov, Vassily Ivanchuk and Gata Kamsky in the World Cup . After three years without big successes, he came back in 2013, crossing the 2700, winning the Reykjavik Open. In 2014 his promotion continued to get a valuable sixth place in the Tata Steel Chess, winning the Capablanca Memorial and winning the $ 100,000 Millionaire Award. He was placed among the ten best players in the world and changed his flag to the U.S. one, where he resides as part of Webster University in Saint Louis, as part of Susan Polgar's training program. He has been named best player in the world in 2016 and has started the year 2017 winning one of the strongest events in the world, the TATA STEEL tournament in Holland.