Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So will be playing against the world’s best GMs in the star-studded 2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial Chess Tournament slated on April 16 to 26 in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.
Among the top contenders in the 11-day tournament are reigning world champion GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway and world No. 2 GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy.
Also seeing action are former world champions Viswanathan Anand of India and GM Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, world No. 7 Anish Giri, world No. 11 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, and Azerbaijan bets world No. 13 GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, world No. 20 GM Teimour Radjabov and world No. 92 GM Rauf Mamedov.
A total of 100,000 Euros is up for grabs in the event.
So, who represents the United States Chess Federation, recently ruled the 2nd Bunratty Classic Chess Tournament 2015 held in Ireland. He finished fourth overall in the 2015 Tata Steel Chess Tournament held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands in January.
Before the Azerbaijan event, the 21-year-old So is set to compete in the US National Chess Championships in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is also gearing up for the prestigious 2015 World Cup on September 10 to October 4 in Baku, Azerbaijan.