May 2014
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Wesley So with 2826 performance in Cuba

The eighth youngest chess grandmaster in history, Wesley So is now moving towards to reach the top position in the field of chess at the age of twenty.

With his +3 score in a Category 19 event he had also added thirteen points to his rating and is now number 15 in the world. Cuban GM Lazaro Batista Bruzon also gained twelve points with his +1 result, while Leinier Dominguez, number ten in the world, lost eight at the 49th Casablanca Memorial. The chess championship took place from May 8th to 18th, 2014, in the Hotel Habana Riviera, Havana, Cuba. The Elite group had six players with an average rating of 2721.


The tournament was a double round robin with international FIDE time controls: 90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes to finish, plus 30 bonus seconds from the first move. The winner of the tournament was Filipino GM Wesley So, who likes Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon, he remained undefeated but won three games, as opposed to Bruzon's one. So's presented a remarkable 2826, which adds thirteen points to his current 2731 rating.


Wesley So also emerged as the youngest Filipino International Master at the age of 12 years and 10 months and received his GM title at the age of 14 years, 1 month and 28 days. Also he was the strongest Under-16 player in the world. In October 2008, So was rated 2610 and thus became the youngest player ever in the history of the game to cross the 2600 Elo barrier.


Hungarian GM Zoltan Almasi scored a minus one. The same result is also experienced by Spanish GM Francisco Vallejo Pons was achieved with two wins and three losses as opposed to Almasi's one win and two losses. "Paco" Vallejo is a combatant who is capable of any result in a given game.

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