Lee is in St. Louis competing in the US Juniors and Juniors Girls’ Championship tournament this month, which are the most elite tournament for juniors in the country. It’s hosted by the Saint Louis Chess club and Lee is the youngest player competing.
Read her story:https://t.co/jfmjUOgx1G
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) July 14, 2021
In simple terms, she rules. She started playing chess at age 6, became a US chess expert at 8, and a National Master at 10. 10 years old! She’s one of the best players in the country, full stop. Regardless of her age. And against other kids her age? One of the best in the world.
Lee won a gold medal at the World Cadet Championship in 2019 in the 10u section and another gold last year in the u12 section. It’s truly remarkable when a kid shows the aptitude, let alone the discipline and determination to become one of the very best in the world at a game like chess.
Here’s the most important way to consider her story; the 11-year-old is already in the World Chess Hall of Fame. The latest exhibition is called “Masterminds: Chess Prodigies”, and Lee is one of the youngest kids featured in the exhibit. Also featured: Chess legends like Bobby Fischer and a current world champion. So, some pretty rare company.
It’s a lot of pressure for the Chess Hall of Fame to include you in an exhibit that throws around words like ‘mastermind’ and ‘prodigy’, but it seems to faze her as much as it did high school LeBron James (he’s turned out OK if you don’t follow sports).
It’s a very cool story to follow, as I can promise you, this will not be the last time you hear about Alice Lee making news in the chess world.