Saturday, July 12, 2008

Wesley So Bound for Corus

Several weeks ago, I received word from our pals over at PinoyChess (whose website seems to be temporarily unavailable at present) saying that GM Wesley So, of the Philippines, has been invited to play in the Grandmaster C group of the famous Corus tournament early next year! I've since emailed tournament director Jeroen van den Berg and he confirms that this is, in fact, the case.

Wesley will likely battle it out against the likes of GM Tiger Hillarp Persson, GM David Howell and Mexico's IM Manuel Leon Hoyos who have all accepted their respective invitations.

Meanwhile, over in the Philippine National Finals, Wesley has 10 points after 14 rounds. IM John Paul Gomez continues to lead with 12 points overall. Thankfully, Paragua seems to have jolted himself and has been steadily climbing up the ladder to now hit 8 points.

Current top placers so far are:

12.5 Gomez
10.5 Villamayor
10.0 So
8.5 Gonzales
8.0 Laylo, Paragua, Garma

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