Monday, October 09, 2006

Wesley So - Youngest Pinoy IM

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).

2 comments:

Paul said...

So,Pinoy Wesley is an IM. Isn't that wonderfull? :)

Anonymous said...

I HOPE OUR PHILIPPINE GM'S WILL TAKE WESLEY UNDER THEIR WINGS AND TRAIN HIM TO ATTAIN THE GM TITLE, WIN THE WORLD JUNIORS CHAMPIONSHIP AND HIGHER?

WE HAVE SO MUCH YOUNG TALENTS AND THEY NEED MENTORING BY OUR GM'S.

WE KNOW BOBBY ANG IS INFLUENTIAL ENOUGH TO PUBLICIZE THE NEEDS OF OUR YOUNG TALENTS TOO :)