Eleven months ago, I wrote about this kid of great promise named Wesley. True enough, he fulfilled his goal of becoming one of the world’s youngest chess Grandmasters. A holiday gift he surely won’t forget.

World’s Youngest Grandmasters: (Link to an updated list)

  1. Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine) 12 years, 7 months, 0 days (Achieved in 2002)
  2. Parimarjan Negi (India) 13y 4m 22d (2006)
  3. Magnus Carlsen (Norway) 13y 4m 27d (2004)
  4. Bu Xiangzhi (China) 13y 10m 13d (1999)
  5. Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) 14y 0m 14d (2001)
  6. Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) 14y 0m 17d (1997)
  7. Wesley So (Philippines) 14y 1m 28d (2007)
  8. Etienne Bacrot (France) 14y 2m 0d (1997)
  9. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) 14y 4m 0d (2005)
  10. Peter Leko (Hungary) 14y 4m 22d (1994)
  11. Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine) 14y 7m 12d (2004)
  12. Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (Vietnam) 14y 10m 0d (2004)
  13. Fabiano Caruana (Italy) 14y 11m 10d (2007)
  14. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 15y 2m 19d (2003)
  15. Pentala Harikrishna (India) 15y 3m 5d (2001)
  16. Humpy Koneru (India) 15y 4m 27d (2002)
  17. Judit Polgar (Hungary) 15y 4m 28d (1991)
  18. Alejandro Ramirez (Costa Rica) 15y 5m 14d (2003)
  19. Bobby Fischer (USA) 15y 6m 1d (1958 )

On assumption that he’ll be getting the proper nurturing of cerebral talent that he possess, I would modestly rank him inside the top 40 of the world’s best players within three year’s time.

Way to go, Wes!