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

9-year-old girl named U.S. chess expert.
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Kids these days. They're either totally glued to their Club Penguin app or, you know, becoming nationally recognized chess champs.

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.

You go girl.

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