At 11, New Master Breaks Record

AT 11, NEW MASTER BREAKS RECORD OLDER THAN SHE IS

Excerpt from the New York Times
Chess Column

May 10, 2014
By DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN
An 11-year-old Californian in March became the youngest American girl to ever become a master, breaking a record that had stood for 18 years.
The girl, Annie Wang, of La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., earned the rank at the National Junior Chess Congress in Irvine, Calif., where she won the 12-and-under division. The victory pushed her rating past 2,200, the level required for a master. The record had been held by Irina Krush, now the United States women’s champion, who was 12 when she became a master.
Annie, a sixth grader who will turn 12 in a week, started playing when she was 5. She took up the game, Annie said in an email, because she thought the pieces “looked interesting.” Chess is “the equivalent of video games for me,” she said.
Despite her recent achievement, Annie may not be the country’s youngest girl to be a master for very long. Carissa Shiwen Yip, 10, a fifth grader from Chelmsford, Mass., has a rating of 2,143. Carissa is 16 months younger than Annie, so she has until June 2015 to earn the 57 points she needs to become a master and break the record.
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