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WORLD championship candidate GM Wesley So is  looking forward to a better year in 2018.

So, who left the country to  pursue his dream of becoming a world champion while representing the United States,  will get his much-awaited chance  to challenge for the world title  currently held by GM Magnus Carslen of  Norway  when he plays in the Candidates tournament in Berlin Germany on March 10-28.
Wesley So. Philippine Star photo
The 24-year-old Bacoor, Cavite-born So  earned the right to play in the final world championship cycle  organized by  FIDE after getting the highest average rating of all 12  players in the wait list of those who did not qualify via the  direct qualification routes like the World Cup and FIDE Grand Prix.
So, who is now based  in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and  World Chess Olympiad teammate  GM Fabiano Caruana earned  automatic slots in the Candidates after  former world champion GM Vladimir Kramnik of Russia was named a wild card candidate by the organizers.
So, Caruana and Kramnik  will  join GM Sergey Karjakin of Russia, who made it  as the losing finalist to Carlsen in their world title match  two years ago and  World Cup champion Levon Aronian of Armenia and runner-up Ding Liren of China and 2017 FIDE Grand Prix top two finishers  GM   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan and GM  Alexandr GRischuk of Russia.
The winner  in the eight-player, double-round robin tournament  spread over 18 days will earn the  right  to  challenge  Carlsen in the 12-game World Championship set at a still unspecified venue next year.

Author: Ed Andaya, People's Journal
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