Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So is now No. 7 in the world rankings of the International Chess Federation (FIDE).
The 21-year-old So has an Elo rating of 2778, good enough to improve three notches better than his previous ranking early this year. He ruled the North American Open in Las Vegas, Nevada, finished fourth in the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk an Zee, Netherlands then wound up third in the 2015 Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.
GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway is leading the rankings with 2876 Elo rating followed by GM Viswanathan Anand of India (2804), GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy (2803), GM Hikaru Nakamura of US (2799), GM Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria (2798) and GM Alexander Grischuk of Russia (2780).
Rounding up the Top 10 are GM Vladimir Kramnik of Russia (2777), GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands (2776) and GM Levon Aronian of Armenia (2776).
The other Filipinos in the rankings are No. 667 GM John Paul Gomez (2512), No. 673 GM Mark Paragua (2511), No. 759 GM Oliver Barbosa (2500), No. 763 GM Julio Catalino Sadorra (2500) and Asia’s first GM Eugene Torre in 1,172nd with 2458.
So is now revving up for tournaments in France, Germany and the Netherlands before going to the prestigious World Cup in September in Azerbaijan and the 2015 Millionaire Chess Open in October in Las Vegas where he will be defending his crown.