GRANDMASTER Wesley So’s school commitments could keep him from seeing action in the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games in December, which means one less gold medal potential for the Philippines.
A finance major at the Webster University in Missouri, So is set to take an important test in school during the multi-sport event set December 11-22.
“Sasabay kasi yung Sea Games sa exam niya. Sinisikap nga namin na hingan siya ng permit, hindi ko lang alam kung papayag ang school niya,” said So’s manager Reginald Tee, adding that they are expecting to get a response from Webster University within the week.
Vietnamese GM Le Quang Liem, one of So’s toughest Southeast Asian rivals and also a student at Webster, was said to have begged off from participating in the SEAG.
“Yun nga sana ang magandang chance. Kasi wala yung toughest rival ni Wesley sa Sea Games,” Tee said of his ward, who is expected to play in the rapid and mixed blitz events.
“Malalaman natin ngayon week. Sana pumayag. Otherwise, mapipilitan siya na i-skip muna ang Sea Games,” added Tee.
The 19-year old chess wizard won the title in the recent Universiade games in Kazan, Russia.