Wesley So, youngest GM

(1) Wesley So (2531) - David W Howell (2527) [C47]
World Junior Championship Yerevan ARM (5), 07.10.2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.0-0 0-0 10.Bg5 c6 11.Qf3 Be7 12.Rfe1 Diagram # White's chances are tied with his ability to maneuver his rook to support an attack on the kingside. That is Black must immediately oppose the rook. A sample of what can happen if Black is careless: 12...Re8 [12...Be6 13.Qg3 Rb8 14.b3 Bb4 15.Re3 Bxc3? (15...d4 loses to 16.Qh4 ) 16.Bxh7+ Kxh7 17.Qh4+ Kg8 18.Rxc3 Simutowe, A (2421)-Ippolito, D (2395)/ Parsippany 2007 1-0 (55).] 13.h3 h6 14.Bf4 Nh7 Diagram # The usual move is now 14...Bd6, but Howell gets an idea to bring his knight to g5. 15.Bxh6 Ng5 [after 15...gxh6 16.Bxh7+ Kxh7 17.Qxf7+ Kh8 18.Qg6 Bd7 19.Qxh6+ Kg8 20.Qg6+ Kf8 21.Re3 White has th ree passed pawns on the kingside for the sacrificed piece, and Black's king is still exposed to mating threats. This is a no-brainer and he doesn't need a second invitation.] 16.Bxg5 Bxg5 17.Rxe8+ Qxe8 18.Nxd5! Diagram # To his chagrin Howell notices that 18...cxd5 19.Qxd5 introduces a double attack on a8 and g5. 18...Bd8 19.Ne3 Rb8 20.b3 Qe5 21.Rd1 Bc7 22.Bc4 Be6 23.Bxe6 Qxe6 24.Qf5 Qe8 25.Rd4 g6 26.Qe4 Qf8 27.Qxc6 Bb6 28.Rd3 Rc8 29.Qf3 Bxe3 30.Qxe3 Rxc2 31.Qxa7 Qe8 32.Qe3 Qc8 33.Qe7 Qf5 34.Rd8+ Kg7 35.Qf8+ Kf6 36.Qd6+ Kg5 37.h4+ [The following sequence is forced 37.h4+ Kh6 38.Qf8+ Kh5 39.Qh8+ Kg4 40.Rd4+ ] 1-0

(2) Wesley So (2411) - Susanto Megaranto (2492) [B19]
3rd Singapore Masters Chess Open ASEAN Chess Academy (6), 28.12.2006

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bd2 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Nf6 15.Qe2 Qd5 16.c4 Qe4 17.Qxe4 Nxe4 18.Be3 0-0 19.Ne5 Rfd8 20.g4 Rac8 21.f3 Nd6 22.a4 f6 23.Ng6 Kf7 24.b3 b5 25.c5 Ne8 26.axb5 cxb5 27.Kc2 a6 28.Ra1 Rc6 29.b4 Nd6 30.Rhd1 Nc4 31.Bg1 Rd7 32.f4 Bd8 33.f5 a5 34.fxe6+ Rxe6 35.Re1 Rxe1 36.Rxe1 a4 37.Nh8+ Kf8 38.Ng6+ Kf7 39.c6 Rc7 40.d5 Be7 41.Bc5 Bd6 42.Re6 Bxc5 43.bxc5 a3 44.Nh8+ Kf8 45.d6 Rxc6 46.d7 1-0

(3) P Marie (2200) - W So (2254) [B23]
37th Chess Olympiad Turin ITA (1), 21.05.2006

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 e6 6.0-0 Nge7 7.Qe1 0-0 8.a3 d5 9.Ba2 Nd4 10.Qd1 dxe4 11.Nxe4 b6 12.d3 Bb7 13.Rb1 Qc7 14.Nfd2 Rad8 15.Nc4 b5 16.Ne3 c4 17.c3 Ndf5 18.Ng4 Bxe4 0-1

(4) W So (2254) - S Brittner (2325) [C18]
37th Chess Olympiad Turin ITA (2), 22.05.2006

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 0-0 8.Bd3 Nbc6 9.Bg5 Qa5 10.Ne2 Ng6 11.0-0 Qa4 12.f4 c4 13.Bxg6 fxg6 14.Ra2 Bd7 15.h4 Rf5 16.h5 gxh5 17.Qxh5 Raf8 18.g4 R5f7 19.Kg2 Ne7 20.Bxe7 Rxe7 21.f5 exf5 22.gxf5 Ref7 23.Ng3 Be8 24.Qg4 Qa5 25.Rf3 Qb6 26.Ra1 Qb2 27.Raf1 Qxc2+ 28.R1f2 Qb1 29.Rf1 Qc2+ 30.R1f2 Qb1 31.Rf1 1/2-1/2

(5) W So (2254) - Raf Mendoza (2401) [C28]
37th Chess Olympiad Turin ITA (4), 24.05.2006

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Qxf6 8.Ne2 d6 9.0-0 Na5 10.Bb3 0-0 11.Qd2 g5 12.f3 h5 13.h3 Qg6 14.g4 h4 15.c4 b6 16.Nc3 c6 17.Nd1 f6 18.Ne3 Qg7 19.a4 Bd7 20.Ba2 c5 21.Bb3 Be6 22.Rfb1 Kh8 23.Kg2 Nc6 24.c3 Qc7 25.Rb2 Rab8 26.Rab1 Na5 27.Bd1 Nc6 1/2-1/2

(6) W So (2254) - Pazos Gambarrotti,P (2371) [B06]
37th Chess Olympiad Turin ITA (6), 27.05.2006

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.dxc5 Qa5 5.Bd2 Qxc5 6.Nd5 Na6 7.Nf3 e6 8.Bc3 f6 9.b4 Qf8 10.Ne3 Nxb4 11.Qd2 Nc6 12.Nc4 Qc5 13.Bb2 Bh6 14.Qd1 d5 15.Ba3 Nb4 16.exd5 exd5 17.c3 a5 18.cxb4 axb4 19.Qe2+ Kf8 20.Bb2 dxc4 21.Bd4 Qc6 22.Qxc4 Be6 23.Qxb4+ Kf7 24.Qb2 Re8 25.Be3 Bc4 26.Bxc4+ Qxc4 27.Rc1 Qe6 28.Rc7+ Re7 29.Nd4 Qe4 30.Qb3+ Kf8 31.Rxe7 Nxe7 32.Ne6+ Ke8 33.0-0 Bxe3 34.fxe3 Nf5 35.Nc5 Qe7 36.Ne6 Ng7 37.Nxg7+ Qxg7 38.Qe6+ Qe7 39.Qc8+ Qd8 40.Qxb7 Qe7 41.Qc8+ Qd8 42.Qxd8+ Kxd8 43.Rxf6 Ke7 44.Ra6 Rb8 45.Kf2 Rb2+ 46.Kf3 Kf7 47.Ra7+ Kf6 48.a4 h5 49.h4 Rb1 50.Ra6+ Kf7 51.g3 Kg7 52.a5 Rf1+ 53.Kg2 Ra1 54.Ra8 Kf6 55.e4 Ra2+ 56.Kh3 g5 57.hxg5+ Kxg5 58.a6 Kf6 59.a7 Kg7 60.e5 1-0

(7) Wesley So (2330) - Ian Rogers (2548) [C10]
3rd Dato Arthur Tan Open Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (7), 21.02.2006

1.e4 Nc6 2.Nc3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e5 Ne4 6.Ne2 f6 7.Ng3 f5 8.c3 Be7 9.h4 0-0 10.Bd3 Nb8 11.Ne2 c5 12.g3 Nc6 13.0-0 cxd4 14.cxd4 Bd7 15.Ne1 Qb6 16.Kg2 a5 17.Bb1 Rf7 18.f3 Raf8 19.Bc2 h6 20.Ba4 g5 21.fxe4 fxe4 22.Rxf7 Rxf7 23.Bxc6 bxc6 24.hxg5 hxg5 25.b3 c5 26.Be3 Bb5 27.Nc3 cxd4 28.Qxd4 Qb8 29.Nxb5 Qxb5 30.Bf2 Qe2 31.Qe3 Qb2 32.Rd1 Qxe5 33.Rc1 Qf5 34.Rc8+ Kg7 35.Nc2 e5 36.Rc7 Kg6 37.Rc6+ Bf6 38.Rd6 Rh7 39.g4 Qxg4+ 40.Qg3 Qh5 41.Kf1 d4 42.Qxe5 Qh3+ 43.Ke1 Qc3+ 44.Kd1 Rh1+ 45.Be1 Rxe1+ 46.Nxe1 Qa1+ 47.Kd2 Qc3+ 48.Kd1 Qa1+ 49.Kd2 Qxa2+ 50.Nc2 1-0

(8) So,W (2411) - Prusikin,M (2560) [C14]
10th OIBM Bad Wiessee GER (5), 08.11.2006

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.f4 a6 8.Nf3 b6 9.Qd2 c5 10.Nd1 0-0 11.c3 f6 12.Bd3 a5 13.0-0 Ba6 14.exf6 Qxf6 15.Ng5 g6 16.Ne3 h5 17.Rae1 Bxd3 18.Qxd3 cxd4 19.Nxe6 Qxe6 20.Nxd5 Qf7 21.Re7 Qf5 22.Qxd4 Nf6 23.Re5 Qd7 24.Qd3 Nxd5 25.Qxg6+ Qg7 26.Qe6+ Qf7 27.Qh6 Qf6 28.Rg5+ Kf7 29.Qh7+ Ke8 30.Rxd5 1-0

(9) So,Wesley (2451) - Mansour,Sameer (2256) [B36]
2007 Asian Cities Chess Championship Tehran, Iran (9), 08.03.2007

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 d6 8.Bg5 Bg7 9.Qd2 Be6 10.Rc1 Rc8 11.b3 0-0 12.Bd3 Qa5 13.0-0 Rfe8 14.h3 a6 15.f4 b5 16.f5 Bd7 17.Qf2 bxc4 18.Bxc4 gxf5 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Nd5 Qc5 21.Nxf6+ 1-0

(10) So Wesley - Yilmaz Mustafa [B93]
World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2007 Singapore (10), 11.08.2007

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e5 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.a4 Be7 9.Bd3 0-0 10.0-0 exf4 11.Kh1 Nc5 12.Bxf4 Bg4 13.Qe1 Bh5 14.Be3 Ne6 15.Nd4 Ng4 16.Nf5 Nxe3 17.Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.Qxe3 Rac8 19.Nd5 Qd8 20.a5 Bg6 21.b4 Re8 22.Rae1 Ng5 23.Qa7 Rb8 24.Qd4 Re5 25.Nf4 Qe7 26.Nxg6 hxg6 27.Bc4 Rc8 28.c3 Kh8 29.Bd5 Qc7 30.c4 Re7 31.Qe3 Nh7 32.Rf4 Kg8 33.Ref1 Nf6 34.Rxf6 gxf6 35.Qh6 Re5 36.Qxg6+ Kf8 37.Qxf6 Rxd5 38.exd5 Rd8 39.Qh8+ 1-0

(11) So Wesley - Fodor Tamas Jr [C11]
World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2007 Singapore (4), 07.08.2007

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Qa5 8.a3 c4 9.Be2 Nb6 10.0-0 Bd7 11.Qd2 Be7 12.b4 cxb3 13.cxb3 Bxa3 14.Ra2 Rc8 15.Rfa1 Bb4 16.Rc1 Ba3 17.Rca1 Bb4 18.Rxa5 Nxa5 19.Rxa5 Bxa5 20.Qa2 Bxc3 21.Qxa7 Na8 22.Qxb7 Ke7 23.f5 Rc7 24.Qa6 Bb4 25.f6+ gxf6 26.exf6+ Kxf6 27.Bf4 Rhc8 28.Bxc7 Nxc7 29.Qd3 Bb5 30.Qe3 Bxe2 31.Qg5# 1-0

(12) So,Wesley (2516) - Mahjoobzardast,Morteza (2479) [A00]
16th Asian Individual Chess Championshi Cebu, Phil. (4), 22.09.2007

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 Na6 7.0-0 c5 8.d5 Nc7 9.Qe1 e6 10.dxe6 fxe6 11.e5 Nfd5 12.Ne4 Nxf4 13.Bxf4 Rxf4 14.Nxd6 Nd5 15.Qg3 Qf8 16.Rae1 Ne7 17.Ng5 Rxf1+ 18.Rxf1 Nf5 19.Bxf5 gxf5 20.Rxf5 1-0

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