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Chess is a board game for two players. It is played on a square board, made of 64 smaller squares, with eight squares on each side. Each player has 16 pieces: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, and 8 pawns.

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Wesley So is a world class Chess player of Chinese – Filipino descent. He was born in the Philippines on October 9th 1993; he was only six, when he learned the movement of chess pieces across a board. After memorizing them, he explored the streets daring people to play with him. At nine years old he began to compete in junior chess tournaments and local tournaments. His first major tournament win was at the 2003 Philippine National Chess Championships for children under the age of 10 years. Chess is so hard and difficult to play simply because there are those unforeseen and unprepared for elements that get in your way when it is played. The movement is always three steps forward and two steps backwards. Chess is counter-intuitive. As a player, your intuitive nature operates with your brain observing objects. In chess, you have to train your brain to look at the squares that the pawns and pieces have control over. At the Offene Internationale Bayerische Schach Meisterschaft in Germany, he was awarded his first grandmaster norm. During the 2007 U-20 World Junior Chess Championship in Yerevan, Armenia, he acquired his second grandmaster norm and capped that year by earning his third grandmaster norm at the 3rd Prospero Pichay Cup International Open in the Philippines. At the age of fourteen years, one month and twenty-eight days, FIDE awarded him the title of chess grandmaster, making him the ninth youngest chess grandmaster in history. He was ranked the best player in the world under sixteen years old. Wesley So was rated the best and the youngest player in the history of the game to break the 2600 Elo barrier, surpassing the record previously held by Magnus Carlsen in 2008. In 2009, under the FIDE rating list, he was rated the world’s strongest chess player for his age grade. In 2013, he won five major tournaments: they included the World University Chess Championship, the Reykjavik Open, the Calgary International Chess Classic, and the 17th edition of the Univé Chess Tournament. In 2014, he won the ACP Golden Classic in Bergamo Italy, the first edition of Millionaire Chess in Las Vegas. In 2015, he launched his career as a full-time professional chess player, won the 22nd Bunratty Chess Festival in Ireland, won at the Bilbao Chess Masters in Spain. In 2016, he was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship by the US Chess Trust, won at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis Mo. Recently, he has been on an amazing streak and form winning in all competitions. Wesley So, has just been crowned champion at the United States Championship 2017!

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