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Madison 9-year-old youngest American to become master at chess

Courtesy: Post Crescent/Ron Page Courtesy: Post Crescent/Ron Page

MADISON (WKOW) -- A 9-year-old from Madison is now the youngest American to become a chess master after a competition Saturday.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Awonder Liang reached master status at 9 years, 11 months and 16 days old. Walter Brown, a rater with the United States Chess Federation, certified Liang after he earned more than 2,200 points while playing at a tournament in Ohio.

Brown says Liang surpassed Samuel Sevian from California as the youngest master in America. Samuel was just one week older than Liang when he set the previous record in 2010.


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