Grandmaster Wesley So got a special gold bar for winning the 2nd ACP Golden Classic with 4.5 out of 6 points on Sunday in Bergamo, Italy.
The Filipino drew his last match against GM Sabino Brunello of Italy in short 20 moves of Anti-Merav Variation.
Brunello employed a solid Semi-Slav Defense, which is known for its likelihood to elicit a draw.
So stamped his class in this seven-man single round robin tournament with a performance of Elo 2844, gaining 7.6 points, which placed him to the 12th place in the world rankings with 2755 rating.
So’s desire to join elite tournaments is hampered by the pending approval of National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) of his transfer to the United States Chess Federation.
Failure to get the nod of NCFP means So will have to sit out for two years before he can join tournaments sanctioned by FIDE, the world governing body of chess.