12-Year-old prodigy among contestants in chess championship headed to St. Louis
International Master Sam Sevian attends a special event held at United States Capitol Building on April 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. By Brendan Marks
ST. LOUIS -- A 12-year-old chess prodigy from California will be among the contestants in a national competition next month in St. Louis.
For the fifth straight year, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is playing host to the U.S. Championship and the U.S. Women’s Championship. Male and female competitors will vie for the titles from May 3 to 13.
Tournament organizers say Samuel Sevian, of Santa Clara, is the youngest person ever to compete in the U.S. Championship. He was just 9 when he was named a “National Master,” which at the time made him the youngest person to achieve that title in U.S. chess history.