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Youngest Player in History to beat GM in classical tournament game

  • #1

    Awonder Liang - 9 years, 3 months, 20 days beat GM Larry Kaufman this weekend.

  • #2

    Kaufman was awarded the GM title by winning the World Senior Open rather than by the traditional route of earning three GM norms in tournaments and a rating over 2500.  But he is still a GM and an outstanding player and openings expert.

  • #3
  • #4

    What an outstanding performance for a 9 y.o.

  • #5

    That was a great game! Thanks for posting it!

  • #6

    Wonderful story. Inspiring. Thanks for sharing it (and the game).

  • #7

    Why not take the pawn on b2? 20 ... Qb2?

  • #8

    What's the kid's rating?

  • #9

    Awonder Liang - which country?

  • #10

    From USA

  • #11
    Shadowknight911 wrote:

    USCF rating is 2115. 

    Not bad.

  • #12
    andrewfedosov wrote:

    18. ... Bxe5! gave the white no chances. Very strange game for a grandmaster...

    what am I missing 18...Bxe5 19 NxBe5 and it is at least complex.  19...RxNe5 20 Qd1+ etc.

  • #13

    FM Liang won the World Under 8 title in 2011...

  • #14

    I believe he finished 6th in the World Under 10s in 2012.

  • #15
    Shadowknight911 wrote:

    Awonder's brother is named Adream.

    or Whoskissinghernow

  • #16

    You know, thiswas posted six months ago.

  • #17

    Awonder has a chance to also become the youngest USCF Master in history. Right now he is only 11 rating points short. I believe he will be playing this weekend in St. Louis. With a good tournament he could break that record as well.

  • #18

    Very close now.  Win over NM Eric Santarius in round 4 didn't hurt him.

  • #19

    Awonder is five points short and will be playing this Saturday at the State Action Championships in Fitchburg.

  • #20

    Am I correct in hearing he has made NM?

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