Super Grandmaster Wesley So has become a United States citizen, the US Chess Federation said on March 5.
So, who now resides in Minnesota, received his documents on February 26 in what can be seen as an end to his saga with Philippine sporting authorities.
Originally from Bacoor, Cavite, the 27-year-old said his reason for becoming an American citizen was to have a better future for himself, getting presented with opportunities he couldn’t get in the Philippines.
He shared, “I love that anyone can strive to succeed. You are not held back by your color, lack of connections, or the amount of money you have. If you work hard, you have a better chance of making it here than anywhere else in the world. I came here ready to work hard, and it turned out just as I dreamed.”
He added, “That does not mean I don’t love the Philippines. I have good memories from there. But I did not have the connections needed to succeed in that culture.”