Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So has decided to withdraw in the ongoing 2014 Spice Cup Open at the Crowne Plaza Clayton Hotel in Saint Louis, Missouri.
According to a statement published in the Spice Cup website, So opted to skip to protect his International Chess Federation (FIDE) rating in preparation for much bigger events such as the 2015 Tata Steel Chess Tournament in January in the Netherlands.
Only the Top 15 players in the FIDE ranking would be invited in the Tata Steel—a high level tournament for top GMs in the world.
So is currently ranked 10th in the world.
The 15 players who will get invitation to the Tata Steel event are expected be announced within this month.
If So plays in the Spice Cup Open, he could only earn an average of +.09 elo rating in every victory. A draw can hurt him a -3.0 elo rating.
The 20-year old So is fresh from winning a whopping $100,000 in the 2014 Millionaire Chess Open held recently in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He is slated to compete in the 2014 Pan Am Inter-Collegiate Chess Championship on December 27 to 30, playing for Webster University Team A along with Robson, Le, GM Georg Meier and compatriot FIDE Master Jake Banawa.