Garcia withholds Wesley So’s monthly allowance
By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
1:48 am | Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Sports Commission is adopting a wait-and-see attitude on chess phenomenon Wesley So.

PSC chair Richie Garcia said Tuesday that the monthly allowance of So has been temporarily withheld by the sports-funding agency, pending the resolution of the citizenship status of the 20-year-old Grandmaster.

So, now ranked 15th in the world after winning the Capablanca Memorial in Cuba last month, has already applied for US citizenship to chase his dream of becoming a world champion.

Classified as a priority athlete, he receives a monthly take of P40,000 from the PSC. “For now, we’ve decided to hold his allowance.

We will act accordingly depending on his decision,” said Garcia during the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at Shakey’s Malate.

Garcia said they would lift the freeze order and continue his training allowance should So opt to play for the Philippines in the World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, in August.

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PSC suspends Wesley So’s allowance
By Joey Villar ( | Updated June 17, 2014 – 6:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Sports Commission has suspended the monthly allowance worth P40,000 of chess Grandmaster Wesley So after the latter decided to change allegiance from the Phl to the United States.

PSC chair Richie Garcia was quick to clarify though that the suspension will only be temporary until So and the National Chess Federation of the Philippines headed by Butch Pichay can resolve the impasse.

“Until there will be a final resolution of the issue, we have decided to hold the allowance of Wesley So starting June,” said Garcia in Tuesday’s Phl Sportswriters Association Forum at the Shakey’s Malate.

Garcia was reacting to the 20-year-old So’s decision to jump from the NCFP to the US Chess Federation to pursue the latter’s dream of crashing into the Top 10 in the world and perhaps challenge for the world title.
For it to happen, So will need an approval from the NCFP or pay the 50,000 euros, or worth about P3 million.

If not, the Webster U standout will need to observe the two-year waiting period for chessers changing federations where he will be barred from participating in all international chess federation FIDE-sanctioned tournaments like the World Chess Olympiad and the World Championship.

In an interview with The STAR, Pichay remains adamant that he will not give in to So’s request until he gets an official letter from the latter and FIDE.

Already, the country is still reeling from So’s decision as it will plunge into action in the Olympiad in Tromso, Norway this August without the country’s best player.

So, of course, has skyrocketed to the top and is now currently ranked 15th in the world after topping the all-GM Capablanca Memorial in Cuba a few weeks back.


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