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Published:July 29th, 2013 11:32 EST

Carissa Yip, 9, Becomes Youngest American Chess Expert: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Only three years or so since first picking up the game of chess, 9-year-old Carissa Yip can already look down at 93 percent of the more than 51,000 players registered with the U.S. Chess Federation.


She has risen so far up the rankings that she has reached the expert level at a younger age than anyone since the chess federation began electronic record-keeping in 1991, a new level she reached in recent weeks.

Her father, Percy, who taught her until she began beating him within a year, said she could reach master level in as soon as a year."

CBS News

I don`t have the mental acuity to be registered with the U.S Checkers Federation or even the U.S. Tiddlywinks Federation. I have nothing but respect for this precocious child who has mastered the intricacies and nuances of the game of chess.

Behind every brilliant woman or girl there`s a caring dad, little Carissa`s dad pushed her to excel in chess. I`m sure that Carissa`s dad is proud, not embarrassed, that she can beat him playing chess.

Moral of this story: Parents instead of giving your daughter a Barbie or a Bratz doll, how about giving her a chess board?  There`s no better way of bonding with your child than teaching her how to play chess!

You go girl!

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