Youngest Player in History to beat GM in classical tournament game

JamesCoons

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

Clavius

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.

Clavius
Daeru

What an outstanding performance for a 9 y.o.

nyLsel

That was a great game! Thanks for posting it!

learningthemoves

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

finalunpurez

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

Conflagration_Planet

What's the kid's rating?

MSC157

Awonder Liang - which country?

finalunpurez

From USA

Conflagration_Planet
Shadowknight911 wrote:

USCF rating is 2115. 

Not bad.

Escapest_Pawn
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.

ChrisWainscott

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

Clavius

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

blackrabbitto
Shadowknight911 wrote:

Awonder's brother is named Adream.

or Whoskissinghernow

Abhishek2

You know, thiswas posted six months ago.

JamesCoons

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.

alleenkatze

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

ChrisWainscott

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

alleenkatze

Am I correct in hearing he has made NM?