Awonder Liang is shown at the 2011 World Youth Chess Championship in Caldas Novas-Goias, Brazil. The U.S. Chess Federation gave master status to the fourth-grader from Madison, making him the youngest American to reach that rank.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov ? and Awonder Liang?
Awonder isn't yet in the same league as those chess legends, but the 9-year-old from Madison has reached a major milestone earlier than they did. In fact, Awonder became the youngest American to achieve grand master status when his play over the weekend at a tournament in Dayton, Ohio, qualified him.
The United States Chess Federation certified Awonder has earned more than 2,200 points. He was a week younger than previous record holder Samuel Sevian, of California, was when he set the mark in 2010. ...