Northern California Boy Wins World Chess Championship


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Twelve-year-old Daniel Naroditsky is the winner of the World Youth Chess Championships held in Antalya, Turkey.

Daniel, who lives in Foster City, California, competed with 160 kids to take the gold medal in the under-12 division on Wednesday.

When Daniel entered the competition, he was ranked 13th in the International boys division (girls are in a separate league).

For two grueling weeks, Daniel played a match every day, with some of the matches lasting four to five hours.He won nine games, lost one and played to a draw against the previous year's champion from the Ukraine. This incredible performance ensured him a place in the finals against a player from Russia, which took two hours to win.

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Daniel began playing chess at six, learning from his father, who was trying to keep him occupied one summer. It didn't take Daniel long to become a much better player than his dad. He then started playing in competitions, beating out first graders easily, and a chess prodigy was born.

Daniel currently in sixth grade plays for a few hours every day and more on weekends. He is a member of the Chess Club in San Francisco. Besides being great at chess, Daniel is also a straight A student at school.

What's next for this amazing kid? - Well, it's back to school. He did get to take one day off, though!


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  • shimmer123
    shimmer123Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 10:25 am
    He is so lucky.
    • rockstar2
      rockstar2Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 7:57 am
      • ocikittie
        ocikittieSunday, February 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm
        Many li'l chess winners around this point, like this one! ;)
        • frankybaby
          frankybabySunday, February 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm
          • tim0706
            tim0706Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm
            love chess
            • good girlTuesday, May 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm
              my little bro loves chess
              • edmodo-yzlxm8ja4d
                edmodo-yzlxm8ja4dMonday, May 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm
                I like trains, food, being awesome and chess
                • hillery5501Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 5:11 am
                  • po23
                    po23Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm
                    that is crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • Daniel m.Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm
                      he must have been really happy and suprised