The Webster SPICE Warriors

The Webster SPICE Warriors.

Wesley So’s New Home (Academic Year 2012-2013)

Webster University, St. Louis, MO, USA (under Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) Scholarship Program)

Provost & SVP Julian Schuster with GM Wesley So

Here are all the SPICE titled players so far by the order of joining the program @  Webster University:
1. GM Andre Diamant (Brazil) – Webster University 8/2012
2. GM Anatoly Bykhovsky (Israel) – Webster University 8/2012
3. GM Georg Meier (Germany) – Webster University 8/2012
4. GM Denes Boros (Hungary) – Webster University 8/2012
5. GM Elshan Moradiabadi (Iran) – Webster University 8/2012
6. GM Wesley So (Philippines) – Webster University 8/2012
7. GM Ray Robson (USA) – Webster University 8/2012
8. GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico) – Webster University 8/2012

9. IM Vitaly Neimer (Israel) – Webster University 8/2012
10. FM/IM-elect Faik Aleskerov (Azerbaijan) SPICE 1st IM – Webster University 8/2012

11. FM Jake Banawa (USA) – Webster University 8/2012

12. WIM Inna Agrest (SWE) – Webster University 8/2012



Oliver Barbosa Qualifies To Chess World Cup 2013

Oliver Barbosa Qualifies To Chess World Cup 2013.

by:  joeyj

Up-and-coming young grandmaster from Rizal Province, Philippines Oliver Barbosa nailed the 5th and last qualification ticket for the Chess World Cup (CWC) 2013 in the just concluded Asian Continental Chess (ACC) Championship 2012 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam last 5-13 May 2012.

The CWC 2013 is a 128-player single-elimination tournament scheduled on 10 August to 5 September 2013 in Tromso, Norway.  The winner and the runner up of the World Cup 2013 will qualify to the Candidates stage of the World Championship cycle 2012-2014.

ACC 2012  is just one of the qualifying events for Asian players in the CWC 2013.  Asia is allotted a total of 20 qualifiers.  There will be another ACC 2013 in Indonesia and additionally, Asian Zonal events still to be scheduled.

Barbwire as fondly called by his fans, actually, finished the 9-round Swiss System “Standard” chess tournament scoring 6.0/9  (5wins-2draws-2losses) points and tied with 6 other players @ 4th-10th  places but after the tie-break points been applied got the 5thplace, the last berth of the five CWC 2013 qualification slots programmed in the event.

Wesley So, another player from the Philippines, also scored 6.0/9 (3wins & 6draws) but missed the cut with lower tie-break points and finished at 8th place.

Barbosa’s 5-victims in the tournament were  GM Tu Hoang Thong VIE (R-2), Yu Ruiyuan CHN (R-3), FM  Novita Anjas (R-4), GM Susano Megaranto INA (R-6) and GM Lu ShangleiCHN (R-7).  He got  2-draws with countryman IM Garcia Jan Emmanuel (R-1) and GM Ding Liren CHN(R-9). His 2-losses were to the eventual 2nd placer GM Yu Yanggi CHN(R-5) and 1st placer Negi Parimarjan IND(R-8).

India’s GM Negi Parimarjan with a higher tie-break points emerged as the champion relegating China’s GM Yu Yanggi to 2nd place.  Both scored 7.0/9.  The two other qualifiers
are 3rd placer GM Salem A R Saleh UAE with 6.5/9  and 4th placer IM Liu Qingnan CHN with 6.0/9.

 Final Top 20 after 9 Rounds


1.  Asian Continental Chess Championship 2012 – Open Standard chess
.  Chess World Cup 2013

Wesley So wins ACC 2012 Blitz Championship

GM Wesley So won the Asian Continental Chess (ACC) “Blitz” Championship, held on 13 may 2912, the last day of the 11th Asian Continental Chess Championships in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

The Philippines’ top chess grandmaster scored 7.5/9 (6-wins & 3-draws), half a point ahead of the 2nd placer Nguyen Van Huy from Vietnam, 3rd placer Ding Liren from China and 4th placer Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son from Vietnam who all scored 7.0/9.

The one day Blitz tournament was a 9-round Swiss System participated by 30 GMs out of the 71 players with time control of 3 minutes and 2 seconds increment for each move.

Wesley So started on fire winning three rounds in succession against GMs Nguyen Anh Dung (VIE),  Dao Thien Hai (VIE) and countryman Mark Paragua.

In round-4,  he draws with GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan (IRI) and then again scored another run of 3-wins in rounds 5 to 7 against GM Adhiban B (IND), IM Venkatesh MR (IND) and IM Nguyen Van Huy (VIE) respectively.

With the Blitz title insight and a comfortable lead,  the defending Blitz co-champion of 2011 Asian Individual Open Blitz Chess Championship (Iran), the 2011 World Blitz Qualifier (Moscow) and the 2011 SEA Games Blitz Chess Gold Medalist ( Indonesia) settled for draws in round 8 & 9 against China’s GMs Yu Yanggi & Ding Liren.

Final Top 22 after 9 Rounds

reference:   Asian Continental Chess Championship 2012 – Men Blitz chess

World’s Youngest To Attain GM, 2600, 2700, 2800 and WC

World’s Youngest To Attain GM, 2600, 2700, 2800 and WC

by:  joeyj

Sergey Karjakin, Wesley So, Magnus Carlsen & Garry Kasparov

I.  Youngest Grandmasters  (GMs) in history

As published by on 07 August 2011 [1], with Bobby Fischer’s age at 15yrs-6mos-1day as the benchmark, below chart is the compiled list of the 34 players (updated) who held the record for the youngest chess grandmasters (GMs) in history. The age listed (years, mths & days) is the age reckoned on the actual date a player had qualified as a GM (not FIDE’s official rating dates) and the year they gained the title. There are 22 GMs listed at 14-years-old and below and another 12 GMs (No. 23-34) listed at 15 to 15½ years old when they qualified for the title.

Read more:   World’s Youngest To Attain GM, 2600, 2700, 2800 and WC