Among local news of note is that 8-year-old Carissa Yip has embarked with her father, Percy, to compete in the world youth chess championship in Maribor, Slovenia. The tournament hosts 1,584 players from 91 countries, in a city of less than 100,000 people. There are 89 players from the United States, including stars NM Robert Perez of Florida (and MIT) and the youngest US chess master ever, 11-year-old Californian Samuel Sevian.
In October, Carissa had the third highest rating for her age in the country. One can only imagine what an extraordinary experience this must be for an 8-year-old. There are 129 players from 50 countries in the Girls Under 10 section. In Carissa’s first six games she posted only a 3.5-2.5 score, apparently leaning to socializing rather than analyzing.