Philippine pride Grandmaster Wesley So, Elo 2744, crushed his teenager opponent in the first round of 9th Edmonton Chess Festival held in the city Edmonton, Canada, on Sunday (Manila time).
No less than the parents of So, William and Eleanor, who are both accountants, witnessed his first win. The Sos are now residents of Canada.
So defeated IM Richard Wang, Elo 2365, who at 15-years-old is considered the most promising Canadian chess player. This is the first appearance of So in Edmonton.
The Edmonton tourney is a single round robin with 10 participants. It has started June 22 and will end on June 29. So conducted 20-player simul before the start of the tournament.
Another first timer, GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine (Elo 2736) is considered the touchest opponent of So. Just recently, So opted not to join the National Open in Las Vegas, Nevada to finalize his federation transfer from National Chess Federation of the Philippines to US Chess Federation. So, however, is not renouncing his Filipino citizenship. However, although he skipped the main event, So joined and won the blitz tournament in Vegas.
At the 49th Capablanca Chess Tournmanent in Havana, Cuba, last May So met Ivanchuk in the doubke-round robin. Although, he took the Havana championship, So drew all his games against Ivanchuk.
So’s second round opponent is Shankland, while Ivanchik will face Kovalyov. Krush will test the mettle of Haessel.