Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:07 PM on 22nd December 2010
A nine-year-old boy has become the youngest ever American chess player to be classed as a ‘master’.
Samuel Sevian earned the title after beating another master in San Francisco matchÂ two weeks ago.
The US Chess Federation ave him a rating of 2,201 after the game – anyone who scores 2,200 qualifies as a ‘national master’.
Chess players are rated according to a system which estimates their strength, based on their performance versus other players.
Scroll down to see a video of Samuel winning a tournament four years ago
Talent: The nine-year-old beat the previous record of the youngest chess ‘master’ in the U.S. by 11 days
Samuel, of Santa Clara, California, beat the previous record-holder Nicholas Nip by qualifying aged nine
years, 11 months and 15 days – 11 days younger than Nip.
He started his
chess career in Orlando in August 2006 and he learned to play the game
aged five and earned a modest rating of 315 from his first tournament.
the time his family moved to California in 2007, when he was seven
years old, his rating had risen to 1614, higher than most adults.
nine-year-old earned a spot on both the 2009 and 2010 All-America Chess
Teams and in 2009, at the age of eight, Sevian defeated his first
National Master in tournament play.
In January 2010 with a
FIDE rating of 2119, he became the highest rated chess player in the
world for his age and also qualified for the 2010 World Youth Chess
Former world champion Gary Kasparov achieved the highest ever chess rating at 2851. Bobby Fischer is the highest rated US player in history at 2785.
Chess ‘master’: Samuel Sevian, of Santa Clara, beat the previous record-holder for youngest chess master in America – Nicholas Nip, of San Francisco – by 11 days
The youngster spends at least two hours a day studying chess, playing
against his father Armen Sevian, 37, and practising over the Internet
with his coach, international master Andranik Matikozyan.
Mr Matikozyan told the San Jose Mercury News: ‘I met Samuel three years ago. When I saw him playing I was amazed. I thought, “This kid is really talented.”‘
It’s not the first record for the fourth-grader at Don Callejon School, who turns 10 on Sunday.
He was also the youngest person to reach the previous chess level of ‘expert’, which he managed when he was eight.
The federation’s ultimate title is that of ‘senior master’ for ratings of 2,400 and up.
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