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9-Year-Old Named Youngest U.S. Chess Expert

iStock_000014859508XSmallMy 7-year-old daughter recently fell in love with chess. She was introduced to the game at one of the day camps she attended this summer and she is totally hooked. But she still needs some assistance. “No, the pawns can not go backwards,” “No, the queen can not move like a rook,” and “No, we can’t play the entire game using voices like Scooby Doo,” are some of the issues that come up.

While these are common themes that can arise when playing chess with elementary school-age kids, these would not come up when playing chess with 9-year-old Carissa Yip.

This young girl was just named a chess expert, the youngest U.S. player to reach that level since the chess federation started keeping track via electronic record-keeping back in 1991. How good is Yip? CBS News states that she, “already look down at 93 percent of the more than 51,000 players registered with the U.S. Chess Federation.”

Yip has been playing chess for three years and regularly plays in competition. This last fall, she played in an international competition in Slovenia and this December, she’ll be playing in the World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates. Her goal is to become a master, which her dad says she could reach within a year. But her personal goal is to reach the 2,100 mark (to be a master you must be at 2,200). And someday she hopes to be the first female ever to win the overall championship. At the age of nine, I think she’s off to a good start!

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