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La Canada elementary school student is youngest female chess master
La Canada elementary school student is youngest female chess master

There are no such things as baby steps when youngsters jump feet-first into the world of competitive chess. Annie Wang was 5 when she first saw the 32 classic chess fixtures: knights, bishops, rooks, pawns and the king and queen. “I thought they looked interesting,” said the La Cañada Elementary School sixth-grader. “They looked like toys.” In March, 11-year-old Annie became the youngest American girl to ever become a chess master in the 12-and-under category in National Junior Chess Congress competition held in Irvine. Raphael Manahan was 3 when he first learned to read and then became interested in the game. During the same National Junior matches, he...

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