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Wesley So: The Road To Top
Compiled by penismightier
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Not since GM Eugenio Torre's heyday has a Filipino achieved realistic chances to compete at the summit of world chess. Today, despite his shift to the United States Chess Federation, GM Wesley So is seen as the brightest hope for having a Philippine-born world chess champion. After struggling his way to the world's top ten best chess players, GM So continues to exhibit notable improvement and chess maturity. At a young age of 21 years, it can be argued that he is yet to reach his peak.

Ticket to Fame
Ivanchuk vs So, 2009 
(C01) French, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

Killer Instinct
V Bhat vs So, 2006 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 0-1

Ticket to Fame 2
Kamsky vs So, 2009 
(C11) French, 53 moves, 0-1

Fixing Chao
So vs Li Chao, 2006 
(C47) Four Knights, 22 moves, 1-0

Bad Wesley
So vs M Prusikin, 2006 
(C14) French, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

Prodigious battle
So vs D Howell, 2007 
(C47) Four Knights, 37 moves, 1-0

First blood
So vs Ni Hua, 2008 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1-0

Aiming for a higher mark
So vs M Paragua, 2008 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 58 moves, 1-0

Taming the Leon
So vs M Leon Hoyos, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 38 moves, 1-0

Defanging the Tiger
T Hillarp Persson vs So, 2009 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 39 moves, 0-1

Genius is not enough
Ivanchuk vs So, 2015 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 26 moves, 0-1

Avenging a loss
So vs A Adly, 2008 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 37 moves, 1-0

Farewell to a first love
P Ponkratov vs So, 2009 
(B33) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Tears for Keres
So vs Le Quang Liem, 2009 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

A new leaf
E Torre vs So, 2009 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

Blast from the past
Ljubojevic vs So, 2010 
(A15) English, 32 moves, 1-0

A high level discussion
Topalov vs So, 2010 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dousing the fire
Shirov vs So, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

A truly painful loss
So vs Giri, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

Cruising crush
So vs Shirov, 2011 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 59 moves, 1-0

A startling attack
So vs Sasikiran, 2011 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 38 moves, 1-0

Slaying David
So vs Navara, 2011 
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 34 moves, 1-0

Defend and collect
Hector vs So, 2011 
(C13) French, 31 moves, 0-1

Shock value
McShane vs So, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

The value of a second
Karjakin vs So, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Endings and end games
So vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2012 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 53 moves, 0-1

Prodigies
So vs Wei Yi, 2013 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 75 moves, 1-0

Chomping the champ
So vs A Ipatov, 2013 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 45 moves, 1-0

The French connection
Z Almasi vs So, 2014 
(C18) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 0-1

Royal treat
So vs Jobava, 2014 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 37 moves, 1-0

A knight's tale
So vs Dominguez Perez, 2014 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 64 moves, 1-0

A young old foe
Caruana vs So, 2015 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 51 moves, 1-0

The road ahead
Anand vs So, 2015 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 1-0

Cutting the Gordian knot
So vs Giri, 2015 
(A10) English, 32 moves, 1-0

Recognition
Carlsen vs So, 2015 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Decade's Worth
Caruana vs So, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 69 moves, 0-1

Breaking the Berlin Wall's Champion
So vs Kramnik, 2015 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 76 moves, 1-0

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