Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Samuel Sevian, nine, is youngest ever US chess master

Chess board Samuel Sevian is coached by international master Andranik Matikozyan, who lives in Los Angeles
A nine-year-old boy from California has become the youngest-ever chess master in the US.
Samuel Sevian, from Santa Clara, was awarded the title by the US Chess Federation following a match in San Francisco.
The body gave him a rating of 2,201. A rating of 2,200 qualifies a player as a national master.
Samuel beats the previous record-holder of youngest US chess master, Nicholas Nip, of San Francisco, by 11 days.
It is not the first record for Samuel, who celebrates his 10h birthday on 26 December.
At the age of eight he was also the youngest person to attain the US chess level of "expert".
Samuel spends at least two hours a day studying chess, playing against his father Armen Sevian, 37, and practising over the internet with his coach, international master Andranik Matikozyan, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Mr Matikozyan told the paper: "I met Samuel three years ago. When I saw him playing I was amazed. I thought, 'This kid is really talented'."

Samuel Sevian

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Samuel Sevian
Country  United States
Born December 26, 2000 (2000-12-26) (age 9)
New York
Title USCF National Master
FIDE rating 2132 (July 2010)
2191 USCF (December 2010)
Peak rating 2144 (March 2010)
2201 USCF (December 2010)
Samuel Sevian (born December 26, 2000) is an American chess player. Sevian is the youngest chess player to attain the United States Chess Federation classification of an expert, accomplishing the feat in February 2009, at the age of 8 years and 64 days.[1] On December 11, 2010, he became the youngest National Master in USCF history with a rating of 2201 at the age of 9 years, 11 months and 15 days.[2]



[edit] Earlier career

Sevian started his chess career in Orlando on August 12, 2006. His first major success of becoming the youngest expert in US history was featured in an article of the Los Angeles Times by International Master Jack Peters. He wrote that Sevian learned to play chess at age five and earned a modest rating of 315 from his first tournament, when he was living in Florida. By the time his family moved to California in 2007 (when he was seven years old) his rating had risen to 1614, higher than most adults.[1] In February 2009 he was named the Bay Area Chess Player of the Month.[3]

[edit] Rating and achievements

Sevian earned a spot on both the 2009 and 2010 All-America Chess Team.[4] In 2009, at the age of eight, Sevian defeated his first National Master in tournament play. In January 2010 with a FIDE rating of 2119,[5] he became the highest rated chess player in the world for his age.[6] He also qualified for the 2010 World Youth Chess Championship, and has reached the norms for the USCF Candidate Master title.[7]
On December 11, 2010, his rating rose from 2187 to 2201, making him at 9 years, 11 months and 15 days, the youngest-ever American master and breaking the record previously held by Nicholas Nip by 11 days.[8]

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Preceded by
Nicholas Nip
Youngest ever United States chessmaster
Succeeded by

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