13 April 2010

So favorite in Subic chessfest

Grandmaster Wesley So will be one of the favorites when the 2010 Asian Individual Chess Championships finally comes off the wraps on April 20 at the Subic Exhibition and Convention Center in Subic.

So, the country’s highest-rated player with an ELO of 2665 based on the FIDE quarterly rating April, will be seeking his first major international title this year and a second straight appearance in the World Chess Cup next year.

The 16-year-old Filipino champion, who was described as a “gold nugget” by the foreign chess press after beating former world championship candidates GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine (ELO 2739), and GM Gata Kamsky of the United States during the 2009 World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, will head the local challenge in the prestigious 10-day competition hosted by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) for the second straight year.

Also competing are World Cup veterans GMs Rogelio Antonio Jr., Darwin Laylo and Asia’s first GM Eugene Torre.

Among foreigners competing are GMs Ni Hua (ELO 2667), Zhou Jianchao (ELO 2650) and Li Chao ( ELO 2613) of China, Krishan Sasikiran (ELO 2686) and Pentala Harikrishna (ELO 2660) of India, Le Quang Liem (ELO 2689), Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (ELO 2642) and Dao Thien Hai (ELO 2523).
(Manila Bulletin)