By Bert Eljera
LAS VEGAS – Filipino chess grandmaster Wesley So will not participate in the FIDE Grand Prix tournaments that will determine the world’s two top players who will contest the world championship.
So is sitting out for two years after the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) denied his request to transfer to the U.S. chess federation.
FIDE, or the international chess federation, has announced the calendar and participants for the FIDE Grand Prix Series for 2014-2015.
The top two tournament placers will compete in the Candidates Tournament to determine the World Champion, now held by Magnus Carlsen of Norway.
The Grand Prix Series consists of four tournaments to be held over two years (2014-2015).
The world’s top 16 top players, who are selected in accordance to the Regulations, will participate in three of these four tournaments.
Each tournament will have 12 players playing over a schedule of fourteen days, according to the FIDE rules.
So, the world’s 14th ranked player, is barred from competing because the NCFP prevented him from changing federations. That denies him a shot at the world championship.
Tashkent, 20th October to 3rd November 2014
Teheran, 14-28th February 2015
Khanty-Mansiysk, 13-27th May 2015