New York City Hosts World Junior Chess Championship This Month

The World Junior Chess Championship was created in 1951 by William Ritson-Morry. The game is opened only to people 20 years old and younger but no younger than elementary school age. The event has been held every two years in another country from 1951 to 1973. In 1974, it became an annual event, and this year The World Junior Chess Championship is being held in the United States. It’s being held in Chelsea, located west of the borough of Manhattan. Competition began at Public School Number 11. On Veterans Day this year, 750 prodigies were in the cafeteria and classrooms of Public School Number 11 to practice their chess playing skills. Many of these prodigies are in their teens. Some of these teens include Janell Warner, Jace Oxley, and Vicki Yang.


Janell Warner, 15 is part of the World Champion Match that’s held in New York city from November 11th to November 30th. It’s one of about 20 matches during the year 2016 being held in different countries including India.


Jace Oxley,14, hails from the Bronx area of New York state. He was self-taught on his computer when he was only 7 years old. From that time, Oxley played in over 100 chess games and become a high ranking player.


Vicki Yang, who is also 14, was raised in a culture that believed girls shouldn’t be playing chess. The Brooklyn girl has played in 1000 tournaments all over the world in places including Thessaloniki, Greece. Yang has a rating of 2094.


Players from the age 5 through 17 were expected to register from 8:45 a.m to 9:30a.m. The latest the students are allowed to arrive is 9:30 a.m. Awards will be given at 3 p.m on November 30th.


A chess prodigy is a child able to beat adult chess players. Many chess prodigies won’t gain much more in their chess skills once they reach adulthood. Many chess prodigies can achieve a grandmaster status. The youngest grandmaster of all was Uknrainian born Sergey Karjakin, 12 years old in 2002. Bobby Fisher won the grandmaster title in 1958 at age 15. Bobby Fisher was one of few chess prodigies to win worldwide chess tournaments during adulthood. He patented a chess timing system in the 1990s.