GM Wesley So to compete in 2009 World Junior Chess Championship
Philippine top chess player GM Wesley So will challenge for the 2009 World Junior Chess Championship slated from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4 in Puerto Madrin, Argentina.
So is entered in the Under 20 category where 20 strongest players in the world today are competing.
So is seeded number four after French star GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, GM Dmitry Andreikin and GM Sergey Zhigalko.
The Filipino woodpusher’s other close rivals are GM David Howell, GM Maxim Rodshtein, GM Li Chao, and GM Eduardo Iturrizaga who are all seeking a position in the world’s top 100 players list.
Also serious contenders are GM Eltaj Safarli, the newest GM of USA – GM Ray Robson, Brazilian champion GM Andre Diamant, German talent GM Falko Bindrich, and the Italian top star IM Daniele Vocaturo.
In the girls section top seeded is WGM Mary Ann Gomez. Within close ELO distance are WIM Xiaowen Zhang, WIM Deysi Cori, WGM Iozefina Paulet, WIM Severiukhina, and WIM Padmini Rout.
The list of participating countries includes Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Kazahstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Mongolia, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab U.S., Ukraine, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.
Here are the top 20 seeds:
1 GM VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime 2718 FRA
2 GM ANDREIKIN Dmitry 2659 RUS
3 GM ZHIGALKO Sergei 2646 BLR
4 GM SO Wesley 2644 PHI
5 GM HOWELL David W L 2624 ENG
6 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2623 ISR
7 GM LI Chao B 2617 CHN
8 GM ITURRIZAGA Eduardo 2605 VEN
9 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2587 AZE
10 GM POPOV Ivan 2582 RUS
11 GM JUMABAYEV Rinat 2548 KAZ
12 GM OLSZEWSKI Michal 2544 POL
13 GM-elect LENDERMAN Alex 2542 USA
14 IM BRUNELLO Sabino 2533 ITA
15 GM-elect ROBSON Ray 2527 USA
16 GM DIAMANT Andre 2526 BRA
17 GM BINDRICH Falko 2516 GER
18 GM LEON HOYOS Manuel 2516 MEX
19 GM GRIGORYAN Avetik 2515 ARM
20 IM VOCATURO Daniele 2510 ITA