Kids these days. They're either totally glued
to their Club Penguin app or, you know, becoming nationally recognized chess
At least, that's the story of 9-year-old
Carissa Yip, who was recently named a chess expert. To give you some context,
she's the youngest U.S. player to reach that coveted level since 1991—which
was when the chess federation started keeping track in the first place. A pretty
impressive achievement for a 5th grader playing a game that’s largely
regarded as the hardest in the world.
What's more, Yip has only been playing the
game for three years, but obviously took to it like a natural and now regularly
competes in tournaments. And when she competes ... let's just say she totally
kicks butt and takes names. According to CBS News, Yip's ranking has already surpassed 93 percent of the more than 51,000 players registered with the U.S. Chess
Federation. (93 percent!)
Up next on her list of world domination?
She's headed to the World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates,
where she hopes to reach the level of "master." While that may seem
pretty incredible for a 9-year-old, Yip's dad, Percy, has total faith in her—he thinks she'll reach that level within the year.
But Yip's ultimate goal? It’s a lot loftier
than most other 9-year-olds are probably dreaming of: She hopes to one day be
the first female to win the overall chess championship.