So to coach US chessers
By Peter Atencio | Jul. 07, 2014 at 12:01am
BECAUSE Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So can’t play for the Philippines or the United States, So will be part of the coaching staff of the Team USA in the coming months.
Susan Polgar, So’s coach at Webster University, said this on her blog, answering an online interview conducted by a Filipino scribe last week.
“As of right now, Wesley is playing for no team. He cannot play for the Philippines as that would reset his transfer time by another 2 years,” said Polgar.
Polgar explained that in addition, he already signed a binding contract to coach team USA.
So also cannot play for the US because the National Chess Federation of the Philippines has not released him yet.
“In the meantime, he has missed out on several big events already, and will continue to miss more important events until the NCFP releases him or the 2-year waiting period is up,” added Polgar.
Last week, July, 3, Wesley received an email from the NCFP Secretariat about the upcoming 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway.
So’s name was included in the list of players playing for the national team, along with Oliver Barbosa, Julio Saddora, Eugenio Torre, and John Paul Gomez.
He told NCFP Chairman Propero “Butch” Pichay that he did make two requests to transfer federation last November and a month ago. So officially declined his official invitation to be part of the national team, and reaffirmed to Pichay that he will coach the US team after he failed to hear anything from the NCFP following the June 1 deadline to submit a roster for the Chess Olympiad.