Grandmaster Wesley So will be competing in the 2014 Spice Cup Chess Championship scheduled on October 21 to 26 at the Plaza Hotel in Missouri, US.
The 2013 Summer World University Games gold medalist goes up against the world’s big guns including GMs Ray Robson, Fidel Corrales, Daniel Naroditsky and Kayden Troff of US, Le Quang Liem of Vietnam, Manuel Leon Hoyos of Mexico, Boros Denes of Hungary, Andre Diamant of Brazil, Vasif Durarbayli of Azerbaijan, Ilya Nyzhnyk of Ukraine, and Luis Manuel Perez and Reinaldo Vera of Cuba.
The six-day meet offers a total prize fund of $13,000.
The 20-year old So is also slated to take part in the 2014 Pan Am Inter-Collegiate Chess Championship on December 27 to 30.
He will be spearheading the Webster University (WU) Team A along with Robson, Le, GM Georg Meier and compatriot FIDE Master Jake Banawa.
WU is the reigning champion in the tournament. WU was undefeated in nine games to rule the 2013 edition held at the Texas Tech University.
Early this year, So has decided to play under the US chess federation but he failed to get clearance from the National Chess Federation of the Philippines.
So needs to pay 50,000 Euros or sit out for two years before officially donning the colors his new federation. He is also not allowed to participate in any FIDE-sanctioned tournament during the two-year residency requirement. The rule was based on the FIDE charter.