Carissa Yip, youngest U.S. chess star, to play in UAE

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Nine-year-old Carissa Yip of Massachusetts will take part in the World Youth Chess Championship 2013 held in the United Arab Emirates. The event will be held from December 17th to the 29th at the UAE University in Al Ain.

It is the largest chess event in the world according to the number of participants. It will bring together chess players up to age 18 from all over the world to compete for the win.

Carissa’s current U.S. Chess Federation ranking puts her among the top 7 percent of all participants and the top 2 percent of all females registered to compete in the Championship.

Carissa hopes to one day be the first female to win the over-all championship.

Last week, Carissa reached the expert level with a rating of over 2,000. She aspires to reach a rating of 2,100 by the end of the year, making her way to achieve the master level at 2,200.

Percy Yip, Carissa’s father, told the Associated Press that, “some people never reach master level.”

If Carissa is able to achieve a rating of 2,200 within 3 years, she will be the youngest player to reach master level, beating five-time U.S. women's winner Irina Krush who set the record for becoming a master at age 12.

Her talents have made a name for her among the chess community, she has gained a reputation of an “intimidating player.” Carissa demonstrated her firm understanding of the game by playing a full game with her back to the playing board.

George Mirijanian, program director of the Waschusett club and former president of the Massachusetts Chess Association commented on the clubs reaction to Carissa’s achievement of youngest player to achieve expert level.

According to an interview with the Associated Press, Mirijanjian said, when Carissa and her father entered the Wachusett club after Carissa won the title of youngest player at expert level, they received a standing ovation.

"In my more than 50 years with the club, I had never witnessed such an exuberant outburst from club members," Mirijanian said to the Associated Press.

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