Loosing 2 points from his previous July FIDE rating list of 2646, Wesley So almost find himself out of the picture in the elite list of the top 100 players in the world. The September 1 rating released by FIDE today shows Wesley So barely clinging at the very edge of the ranking board, placing him at number 97 among active players with 2644 points, a 5 slot drop from his previous position at 92 in July, and 87 in April. Despite the minor descend from the rankings, Wesley still remains among the top 100 players in the world for the past 6 months. To add as a consolation, So nonetheless holds the bragging rights of being the youngest player among the top 100 at just 15 years and 11 months old. Wesley is also rank no. 8 among Top 20 juniors today.
In local chess, GM Darwin Laylo is the biggest winner/gainer among Filipino masters. From his previous July rating of just 2494, Laylo made a huge comeback by gaining 43 points to climb in the local rating from no. 7 to no. 3 with total of 2537 points. GM Rogelio Antonio, though he too lost 2 points in the last three months, nonetheless finds himself the second highest rated player in the country with 2557 points. GM Eugenio Torre slips at no.4 spot after loosing 25 points. Other notable names that made some headlines lately, IM Oliver Barbosa also climbs the ladder by gaining 18 points for a total of 2451, placing him at no 13. GM elect Ronald Dableo is at 18th place with rating of 2417.
Over all, the Philippines is still rank no. 34 in the world with top 10 average rankings of 2523.
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