Looking over the list of entries, this year’s world junior championship may very well be Wesley’s toughest test yet, I’d say his strongest tournament joined to date. In a gathering of future stars and prospects, around twenty formidable grandmasters (compared to fifteen in its previous edition)  are participating, with more than a handful of them already having the experience of winning tournaments prior to this meet.

While a 2750 performance might be the number needed to win this event, a top ten finish should be a modest goal for Wesley considering he could still wind up below that position even if he performs at par with his current FIDE rating of 2577.