Samuel Sevian Youngest US Chess Master Ever

SAN FRANCISCO (USCF)–Bay Area youngster Samuel Sevian broke the record for the youngest US Chess Federation master ever! He did it in 9 years, 11 months and 11 days, which beats Nicholas Nip’s previous record by 11 days. A quad at the historic Mechanics Institute in San Francisco put Samuel peak rating at 2201. See Samuel’s full USCF tournament history here.

Sevian made a big jump at a Game/45 at the Mechanics in early December, where he beat IM De Guzman with Black on the way to clear first.

Samuel’s advice for aspiring youngsters is to be critical to your own weaknesses as a chessplayer. He also recommends playing up in section tournaments and solving plenty of studies, compositions and tactics.

Sevian is coached by IM Andranik Matikozyan and also his father, Armen Sevian. Next on Sevian’s agenda is the US Chess School in Los Angeles, where he’ll also receive instruction from GM Melikset Khachiyan. He plans to participate in several IM norm tournaments in 2011.

Samuel will have much to celebrate on his tenth birthday just a day after Christmas on December 26th, 2010.


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  1. Sirvart Garabedian said:

    Bravo Samuel Sevian, well done, wish you more success and prosperous years, keep up the good job going. Very proud of you, GBU and your family and fans behind you. Wish you more Good Luck all the way to worlds’ Championship. Thank you Asbarez for publishig very informative and educational news which interests many people who are curious to learn news on any topics which makes us not to miss it. I am a big fan of Azbarez Armenian news on line. I congratulate you and wish you all the best. Thank you.

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  4. Armen Nalbandian-CANADA said:

    Bravo Samuel Sevian,
    well done, wish you more success .
    Bravo Armen Sevian and Supporters