Wesley has two weeks to prepare for his month-long stint in the World Juniors and the U-16 Olympiad, set for August in Turkey.

He could be among the favorites to win the individual event considering most of the top juniors (Carlsen, Karjakin, Wang Hao, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana, etc.) will likely skip it.

Some of the Top Participating GMs as of date:

(FIDE Junior Ranking in parentheses)

Andreikin 2604 RUS (8 )

Laznicka 2601 CZE (11)

Li Chao 2590 CHN (13)

Lenic 2584 SLO (14)

So 2577 PHI (18 )

Le Quang 2577 VIE (19)

Amin 2561 EGY

Iturrizaga 2561 VEN

Howell 2561 ENG

Gupta 2551 IND

Popov 2549 RUS

Leon Hoyos 2543 MEX

Ramirez 2531 CRC

Brkic 2530 CRO

Negi 2529 IND

China’s young star Hou Yifan (wg) 2557, is said to have enlisted herself in the men’s draw.

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