Monday, January 30, 2017

The Rise of Wesley So - World Chess No.2

It's been a wake up call since last year 2016 when Wesley So keep winning elite tournaments. Some major chess journalist had calling Wesley So the best chess player performed in 2016. Wesley's victories  in at least three super tournaments:  Sinquefield Cup 2016, London Chess 2016 and Tata Steel Chess 2017 had put Wesley So at world number 2 in FIDE rating list. I feel it is the time to see how the Phillipino boy ascending to the top, by compiling list of tournaments he had done, in over 10 years.

Wesley So Kampiun di turnament Tata Steel Chess 2017

List of Wesley So Major Tournaments Since 2007



Year
Tournament
Place
Notes
2017
1st
2016
1st
2016
3rd
Won by Pavel Ejlanov and Fabiano Caruana
2016
1st Wesley So 8.5/10 in USA team
2016
1st
2016
3rd
Won by Magnus Carlsen
2016
Grand Chess Tour Leuven (Belgium)
5th
Won by Magnus Carlsen, blitz tournament
2016
4th
Won by Hikaru Nakamura, rapid tournament
2016
China Match vs Ding Liren
2nd
Ding Liren won 2.5-1.5
2016
2nd
Hikaru, Wesley, Kasparov, Caruana
2016
2nd
Won by Caruana, tied 2-3 with Nakamura
2016
6th
Won by Magnus Carlsen
2015
Qatar Masters Open
18th
Won by Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So at 5.5/9
2015
Bilbao Final Masters
1st
2015
2nd
Won by Hikaru Nakamura in tie break
2015
4th round lost to Maxime Vachier
2015
10th
Won by Levon Aronian
2015
2nd
Won by Fabiano Caruana
2015
CEZ Chess Trophy So vs Navara
1st
Wesley So wins 3:1
2015
 Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2015
4th
Won by Magnus Carlsen
2015
3rd
Won by Hikaru Nakamura
2015
1st
2015
4th
Won by Magnus Carlsen
2014
1st
2014
2nd ACP Golden Classic
1st
2014
9th Edmonton International Chess
2nd
Won by Vassily Ivanchuk
2014
 49th Capablanca Memorial
1st
2014
U.S.A. College Chess Final Four
1st
Wesley So in Webster team who won 1st place
2014
76th Tata Steel Chess Masters
6th
Won by Levon Aronian
2013
Pan American Intercollegiate CC
1st
Wesley So in Webster team who won 1st place
2013
17th Univé Crown Group Hoogeveen
1st
2013
2nd round lost to Evgeny Tomashevsky
2013
Las Vegas International Chess
1st
2013
6th Calgary International Chess
1st
2013
U.S.A. College Chess Final Four
1st
Wesley So in Webster team who won 1st place
2013
Reykjavik Open
1st
Shared first by Pavel Ejlanov and Bassem Amin
2013
2nd
Won by Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
2012
Pan American Intercollegiate CC
1st
Wesley So in Webster team who won 1st place
2012
Thanksgiving Open St Louis
4th
Won by Georg Meier, Fidel Jimenez, Denes Boros
2012
SPICE Cup
4th
Won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
2012
21st
Wesley SO at 6.5/11 points
2012
Quebec Open Chess Championships
1st
2012
Toronto Chess International
1st
2012
World Open Philadelphia
3rd
Won by Ivan Sokolov
2012
French Chess Team Championship
1st
Wesley So at 4-5-1, team Clichy Echecs 92
2012
8th
Won by Negi Parimarjan
2011
Airports Authority
4th
Won by Fabiano Caruana
2011
4th
Won by David Navara
2011
Aeroflot Open
86th
Won by Le Quang Liem
2011
10th Asian Individual Continent
11th
Won by Yu Yangyi
2011
1st
Shared first with Anish Giri, Hans Tikkanen
2011
6th
Won by Li Chao, Surya Ganguly
2011
World Cup
2nd round lost to Sergey Karjakin
2010
Corus Chess Group B
4th
Won by Anish Giri
2010
11th
Won by Le Quang Liem
2010
2nd
Won by Ni Hua
2010
5th
Won by Fabiano Caruana, blindfold and rapid
2010
7th
Won by Boris Gelfand
2010
Chess Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk
50th
Wesley SO at 6.5/10 points
2010
SPICE Cup
3rd
Won by Alexander Onischuk
2009
1st
2009
Aeroflot Open
27th
Won by Etienne Bacrot
2009
Battle of Grandmaster Phillipines
1st
2009
8th Asian Continental
27th
Won by Surya Ganguly
2009
SPICE Cup
5th
Won by Dmitry Andreikin
2009
Round 4 Lost to Vladimir Malakhov
2008
Dubai Open
1st
Shared first with Li Chao, Merab G., Gaem M.E.
2008
Japfa Match vs Susanto Megaranto
1st
Wesley So won 4-2
2008
Battle of Grandmaster Phillipines
1st
2008
World Junior Gaziantep
9th
Won by Abhijet Gupta
2008
World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad
3rd
Phillipines won bronze, Wesley So board 1
2008
1st Dragon Capital Vietnam Open
3rd
Won by Le Quang Liem
2008
3rd PGMA Cup Intl. Open
7th
Won by Murtas Kazhgaleyev
2008
Chess Olympiad Dresden
46th
Wesley So Board 2 at 7/10
2008
4th Pichay Cup Intl Open
5th
Won by Li Shilong
2008
1st Asian Club Cup  at UAE
4th
Wesley So at 5.5/7
2007
7th Asian Individual Chess
23rd
Won by Zhang Pengxiang,  Wesley So still an IM
2007
World Junior U20 at Armenia
20th
Won by Ahmed Adly

Dozen of minor tournament, team, rapid and blitz were excluded as I have little infos on that.

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