Wesley So

Minnetonka, MN
Chess Highlights: 
GM So, the defending U.S. champion, is also the winner of the 2016 Grand Chess Tour, and the 2017 Tata Steel Masters. He is the third highest rated player in the U.S.

Wesley learned chess from his father at the age of six, and was competing in junior tournaments by the age of nine.  When he earned his Grandmaster title at the age of fourteen years, one month, and twenty-eight days, So completed the ‘trifecta’ of being the youngest-ever Filipino National Champion, IM, and GM.

Wesley came to the U.S. in August of 2012, enrolled at Webster University and quickly leapt from being a top 100 player to one of the top ten worldwide, leading his school to back-to-back national titles along the way.

In October 2014, GM So took first place at the inaugural Millionaire Open then returned to Saint Louis to lead the Arch-Bishops to their first ever Pro Chess League Championship.  Wesley then participated in his first elite tournament, securing the fourth place prize at the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Holland.  The following year he returned and tied for second place, just a half-point behind Magnus.

2016 saw the American GM earn first place in the Grand Chess Tour by winning the Sinquefield Cup and the London Chess Classic. In 2017 Wesley won the Tata Steel Masters tournament and became the eleventh player in history to surpass 2800 FIDE.