Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Wesley So Surges Ahead

The April FIDE rating list has just been released and it's always interesting to see the changes, if any, of the various rankings (i.e. world top 10, Australian, top women, etc). For RP, there is a new number 1 - GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. who took over the number 1 place from GM Mark Paragua. Of special interest is the rise and rise of RP's wunderkind, IM Wesley So, who now sports an awesome 2519 and holds down number 4 for the Philippines.

1. GM Rogelio Joey Antonio Jr. (2539)
2. GM Mark Paragua (2532)
3. GM Eugenio Torre (2532)
4. IM Wesley So (2519)
5. IM Rogelio Barcenilla (2503)
6. IM Joseph Sanchez (2497)
7. IM Oliver Dimakiling (2491)
8. IM Darwin Laylo (2486)
9. FM John Paul Gomez (2469)
10. IM Jayson Gonzales (2461)

The Australians are, naturally, outrated by the Pinoys and there is nothing special to report there. For those with an interest in Australian numbers, check out FM Greg Canfell's excellent little website here.


rjsolcruz said...

The young Wesley's surged to RP #4 spot is a very welcome news and it reminds me, particularly in this Holy Week of the Gospel of Luke, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs."

The Closet Grandmaster said...

You know, my friend, some folks might consider this biblical invocation blasphemous.


Anonymous said...

Great news about young Wesley, but what on earth has happened to Mark Paragua? Last time I checked, he was set to break 2600...