Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So will be playing against the world’s best chess masters in the 2015 Qatar Masters Open scheduled on December 20 to 30 at the Aspire Zone in Doha, Qatar.
The 22-year old So is seeded fourth in the tournament which offers $25,000 to the champion and $15,000 and $10,000 to the second and third placers, respectively.
World No. 1 GM Carlsen Magnus of Norway, GM Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and GM Anish Giri of the Netherlands are the top three players in the list while reigning champion GM Yu Yangyi of China is also back to defend his crown.
Joining them are GM Sergey Karjakin, GM Evgeny Toma¬shevsky and GM Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia; GM Chao Li and GM Wei Yi of China; GM Shakhriya Mamed-yarov and GM Teimour Radja¬bov of Azerbaijan; GM Rado¬slaw Wojtaszek of Poland; GM Anton Korobov, GM Vassily Ivanchuk and GM Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine; and GM David Howell of England.
“Thank you for all your prayers as I head off to this amazing tournament. Very excited and grateful to be a part of it,” said So, who will represent the United States Chess Federation in the nine-round event.
So, who won the country’s first gold medal in the 2013 Summer World University Games held in Russia, is currently ranked 10th in the world with International Chess Federation (FIDE) rating of 2778. He reached as high as fifth in April (2794).
EMIL C. NOGUERA