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So quits school to pursue bid for world crown
By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 24, 2014 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – GM Wesley So has decided to drop out of Webster University and move out of coach Susan Polgar’s camp to pursue his bid to become a world chess champion.

“Reaching 2800 in the ratings is my main goal,” the 21-year-old So said in an interview at chessbase.com. “And I’m giving myself every chance to be the best that I can be.”

So, who has switched to the US Chess Federation after a spat with Philippine chess officials, is at No. 12 in the world ranking with a rating of 2762.

Under the guidance of Polgar, a former women’s world champion, So made a big leap from No. 28 at the start of the year (and no. 99 before coming to Webster University) and reached as high as No. 10 last month after topping the Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas where he took home $100,000, the biggest ever prize in an Open competition.

Breaching the 2800 barrier will catapult So into an elite group of reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway (2862), Italian Fabiano Caruana (2829), Russian Alexander Grischuk (2810) and Bulgarian Veselin Topalov (2800).

But his main goal is to challenge for the world crown currently held by Carlsen, his contemporary and former training buddy.

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