Wesley So's 13th birthday yesterday came with a special but expected present: the IM title courtesy, of course, of FIDE. This is truly a spectacular achievement for Wesley who secured all three required norms in just a few months this year.
The first norm came from last April's Dubai Open wherein the Pinoy young gun notched 5 points out of 9. That was soon followed by another norm at the San Marino Open; then, just a few weeks ago, the third and final norm came from the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur (where the Filipino defeated Aussie, GM Ian Rogers).
According to Marlon Bernardino's calculations (and thanks to Marlon for this news, by the way), Wesley became an IM at the age of 12 years and 10 months. This makes him the youngest Pinoy IM ever. Mark Paragua, on the other hand, reached the IM title at age 14 years and 8 months (in 1999).