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Awonder Liang
A Liang 
Photograph by Albert Silver.  
Number of games in database: 154
Years covered: 2011 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2573 (2402 rapid, 2379 blitz)

Overall record: +55 -44 =55 (53.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (25) 
    B51 B52 B92 B42 B47
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C65 C84 C78 C93 C92
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B10 B11 B18 B12
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C84 C93 C92 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (4) 
    B92 B94 B96
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (13) 
    B50 B52 B90 B51 B53
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D78 D70 D90 D87 D83
 King's Indian (9) 
    E62 E81 E73 E60 E61
 English, 1 c4 e5 (7) 
    A20 A22 A29 A28
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C70 C78 C92 C71 C90
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E17 E12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Liang vs Kaufman, 2012 1-0
   T Gelashvili vs A Liang, 2017 0-1
   A Liang vs D Fernandez, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   St. Louis Spring Classic (Group B) (2017)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   Millionaire Chess (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2017)
   Rilton Cup 2017/18 (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Rilton Cup 2016/17 (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)

   🏆 Pro Chess League
   B Amin vs A Liang (Feb-14-18) 1-0, rapid
   R Sturt vs A Liang (Feb-14-18) 0-1, rapid
   A Liang vs A Bykhovsky (Feb-14-18) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   A Liang vs T Bartell (Feb-14-18) 1-0, rapid
   V Fedoseev vs A Liang (Feb-07-18) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Apr-09-2003, 14 years old) United States of America

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Grandmaster (2017). Awonder Liang won the World Under-8 Championship (on tiebreaks) at the 2011 World Youth Team Championship in Brazil, winning his FM title for this achievement. In the 2012 Washington International tournament, he became the youngest player to defeat a grandmaster in a tournament game when he beat GM Larry Kaufman at the age of 9 years, 3 months, and 20 days.

In March 2013, he earned the title of USCF Master, the youngest to do so, when he reached a USCF rating of over 2200 during the Midwest Open Team Chess Festival. Less than four months later, the USCF awarded him the title of Life Master. In December 2013, he won the World Under-10 Championship.

On November 25, 2015, Liang made his third and final IM norm aged 12 years 7 months and 6 days, setting the record for youngest IM in USA history(1). In July 2016, he finished second in the strongest U.S. Junior Championship ever, behind GM Jeffery Xiong.

Liang scored 7-4 and earned his first GM norm at the Continental Championships held in San Salvador, El Salvador from May 28 to June 5, 2016. In May 2017, he finished first in the St. Louis Spring Classic (Group B) (2017), achieving his second GM norm. At the end of May 2017, he scored 6.5/9 at the Chicago Open, tying for 5th-9th, and reportedly secured his third and final norm for the GM title.

References: (1) , (2) (scored clear 2nd (behind only Jeffery Xiong who won) overall at the 2016 USA Junior closed championship), (3) Wikipedia article: Awonder Liang

Last updated: 2017-08-10 05:10:23

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 182  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Becerra Rivero vs A Liang 1-0362011112th US OpenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. A Liang vs D Fernandez 1-0292011112th US OpenB83 Sicilian
3. A Liang vs D Gater  0-1332011112th US OpenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. A Liang vs S Vibbert 0-1582012Philadelphia OpenB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
5. J Friedel vs A Liang  1-0252012Washington InternationalE92 King's Indian
6. A Liang vs Kaufman 1-0372012Washington InternationalC45 Scotch Game
7. Joel Benjamin vs A Liang ½-½482012Washington InternationalB50 Sicilian
8. D Yang vs A Liang  1-042201341st Annual World OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
9. A Liang vs M Panchanathan  0-138201341st Annual World OpenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. A Liang vs S E Lurdalen  1-0352014Reykjavik OpenA05 Reti Opening
11. H S Gretarsson vs A Liang  1-0362014Reykjavik OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
12. A Ferreira vs A Liang  0-1602014Reykjavik OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Liang vs T Sachdev  0-1372014Reykjavik OpenC45 Scotch Game
14. T Longo vs A Liang  0-1492014Reykjavik OpenA48 King's Indian
15. A Liang vs Galego  ½-½242014Reykjavik OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
16. Y Norowitz vs A Liang  1-0332014Reykjavik OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. A Liang vs M Karlsson  0-1772014Reykjavik OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A Liang vs Gao Rui  0-1372014Qatar MastersB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. S Gagare vs A Liang  1-0492014Qatar MastersE61 King's Indian
20. A Liang vs S Guramishvili  ½-½512014Qatar MastersB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. A Liang vs J Kochetkova  ½-½572014Qatar MastersC41 Philidor Defense
22. D Cornette vs A Liang  1-0292014Qatar MastersB53 Sicilian
23. G Gaehwiler vs A Liang  ½-½442014Qatar MastersB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
24. A Liang vs T Gara  1-0622014Qatar MastersB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. N Batsiashvili vs A Liang  1-0522014Qatar MastersE73 King's Indian
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 182  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Nov-25-15  waustad: He has one IM 9 game norm listed on the FIDE site so far. That doesn't mean that it is the only one he has earned, but that's all that they have registered. If I read the rules correctly, he needs 27 games of norm worthy tournament play (except for some very specific exceptions), so he probably needs tomorrow's game too for it to be a full norm. An 8 game norm (which he's probably already achieved) might not do the trick. He also needs to achieve a 2400 rating. At his age and development, it's just a matter of time.

Dec-26-15  Caissanist: Chessbase confirms that Liang made his third and final IM norm in November, which would make him the youngest IM in American history: .
Dec-26-15  Pulo y Gata: I guess with his talent, it's not a wonder. ;-) Congratulations!
May-30-16  sonia91: Yesterday he beat with black top seed Lazaro Bruzon Batista (2681) in round 2 of the <American Continental Championship>, which is underway in San Salvador, El Salvador:

Top 4 finishers will qualify for the 2017 World Cup.

May-31-16  belgradegambit: Today he drew a short game with GM Erenburg.
May-31-16  waustad: With his win tonight against Matias Perez Gormaz, he could be tied for the lead, depending on the final result of, which looks drawish according to the silicone monsters.
May-31-16  waustad: Not to mention that he's on the pace for a GM norm.
May-31-16  waustad: I spoke too soon, the Peruano Emilio Cordova won his game so Liang is tied for second.
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  HeMateMe: He wonders why drunks sing his name on New Years Eve?
Jun-02-16  waustad: Even after his loss today to Lenderman, his tpr is 2609. He's played more than enough GMs, so he's still on the path to a GM norm.
Jul-11-16  Luceana: Awonder is a nice kid, and strong player. Although his father is a loudmouth, and a piece of work. Hopefully the father doesn't turn into another Rustam Kamsky, that tries to dominate over the boy.
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  LucB: He came in clear second today at the 2016 US junior closed championship. A fine performance by the youngest player of the group.
Jul-17-16  fisayo123: I saw all the games live. Really impressive chess from the young phenemonem.
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  cro777: By earning his third and final GM norm at the Chicago Open 2017, Awonder becomes the 2nd youngest American chess grandmaster in history, at 14 years, 1 month, and 20 days.

The 26th Annual Chicago Open was held May 25-29, 2017 in Wheeling, Illinois.

In 2015 Awonder became the youngest US international master in history.

May-31-17  qstone: Congratulations to Awonder!
Jun-01-17  Ironmanth: Bravo, Awonder!
Jun-01-17  fisayo123: Congratulations to the kid.
Jun-01-17  ketchuplover: seconded
Jun-01-17  waustad: Congratulations! There is still some paperwork to do. He still only has one norm listed on the FIDE web site. That often means that they haven't yet filed the paperwork and paid the fee. FIDE jerked Ju Wenjun around for over a year over one signature by a FIDE official if I recall the details correctly. Let's hope that they get through the bureaucracy more rapidly.
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  cro777: GM-elect Awonder Liang is the 2017 US Junior Champion!

Jul-18-17  markz: Congrats to Liang the US Junior Champion!
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  cro777: It's now confirmed - Awonder becomes youngest grandmaster in the world!

"In the second presidential board meeting of 2017, FIDE confirmed Awonder Liang's grandmaster title.

This makes the 14-year-old American the 10th youngest grandmaster of all time, and the youngest in the world today."

Aug-12-17  ketchuplover: the future of american chess lies in the mind of this youngling
Aug-13-17  ColeTrane: if he decides to stay in doubt he can do anything he puts his mind to
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  zborris8: This 14 year old just beat Caruana in 15|2. ProChessLeague. PGN (remove the space "6 k1/" in the fen Current Position).

[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2018.02.07"]
[White "rednova1729"]
[Black "FabianoCaruana"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C88"]
[WhiteElo "2545"]
[BlackElo "2799"]
[TimeControl "900+2"]
[EndTime "16:48:18 PST"]
[Termination "rednova1729 won by resignation"]
[CurrentPosition "6 [bad FEN: k1/3R3p/8/6B1/8/3pP1PP/5r2/6K1]"]

1.e4 [%clk 0:15:01] e5 [%clk 0:15:01] 2.Nf3 [%clk 0:14:55] Nc6 [%clk 0:15:02] 3.Bb5 [%clk 0:14:56] a6 [%clk 0:15:03] 4.Ba4 [%clk 0:14:56] Nf6 [%clk 0:15:04] 5.O-O [%clk 0:14:57] Be7 [%clk 0:15:05] 6.Re1 [%clk 0:14:57] b5 [%clk 0:15:06] 7.Bb3 [%clk 0:14:58] d6 [%clk 0:15:08] 8.c3 [%clk 0:14:58] O-O [%clk 0:15:09] 9.h3 [%clk 0:14:59] Na5 [%clk 0:15:11] 10.Bc2 [%clk 0:15:00] c5 [%clk 0:15:12] 11.d4 [%clk 0:14:59] Nd7 [%clk 0:15:14] 12.d5 [%clk 0:14:54] Nb6 [%clk 0:15:13] 13.Nbd2 [%clk 0:14:48] Bd7 [%clk 0:15:14] 14.b3 [%clk 0:13:46] c4 [%clk 0:15:13] 15.Nf1 [%clk 0:13:25] Nb7 [%clk 0:15:07] 16.Be3 [%clk 0:13:20] cxb3 [%clk 0:14:25] 17.axb3 [%clk 0:13:19] a5 [%clk 0:14:26] 18.Bd3 [%clk 0:12:45] a4 [%clk 0:12:54] 19.b4 [%clk 0:10:51] Rc8 [%clk 0:12:21] 20.Qe2 [%clk 0:10:43] Nc4 [%clk 0:12:09] 21.Bc1 [%clk 0:10:38] Qe8 [%clk 0:10:30] 22.N3d2 [%clk 0:09:56] Nb6 [%clk 0:10:21] 23.Nb1 [%clk 0:09:56] f5 [%clk 0:09:41] 24.exf5 [%clk 0:09:02] Bxf5 [%clk 0:09:05] 25.Bxb5 [%clk 0:08:21] Qg6 [%clk 0:09:04] 26.Be3 [%clk 0:08:22] Nxd5 [%clk 0:08:47] 27.Ng3 [%clk 0:06:51] Bxb1 [%clk 0:05:17] 28.Bc4 [%clk 0:06:50] Be4 [%clk 0:05:18] 29.Qa2 [%clk 0:06:42] Kh8 [%clk 0:04:47] 30.Bxd5 [%clk 0:06:34] Bxd5 [%clk 0:04:48] 31.Qxd5 [%clk 0:06:36] Nd8 [%clk 0:04:47] 32.Rxa4 [%clk 0:06:10] Ne6 [%clk 0:04:46] 33.b5 [%clk 0:05:45] Rxc3 [%clk 0:04:23] 34.b6 [%clk 0:04:57] Rd3 [%clk 0:03:47] 35.Qb5 [%clk 0:04:36] Qe8 [%clk 0:02:57] 36.Qxe8 [%clk 0:04:12] Rxe8 [%clk 0:02:57] 37.Rb1 [%clk 0:04:13] Nc5 [%clk 0:02:46] 38.Ra7 [%clk 0:03:59] d5 [%clk 0:01:53] 39.b7 [%clk 0:02:41] Nxb7 [%clk 0:01:24] 40.Rbxb7 [%clk 0:02:20] Bf8 [%clk 0:01:25] 41.Nf5 [%clk 0:02:03] d4 [%clk 0:01:25] 42.Bg5 [%clk 0:02:04] e4 [%clk 0:01:05] 43.Nxg7 [%clk 0:01:53] Rd1+ [%clk 0:01:05] 44.Kh2 [%clk 0:01:52] Bd6+ [%clk 0:01:04] 45.g3 [%clk 0:01:53] Rf8 [%clk 0:01:05] 46.Rf7 [%clk 0:00:59] Rxf7 [%clk 0:00:39] 47.Rxf7 [%clk 0:01:01] Kg8 [%clk 0:00:40] 48.Rd7 [%clk 0:00:58] e3 [%clk 0:00:35] 49.Nh5 [%clk 0:00:39] Be5 [%clk 0:00:30] 50.fxe3 [%clk 0:00:36] d3 [%clk 0:00:19] 51.Nf6+ [%clk 0:00:28] Bxf6 [%clk 0:00:19] 52.Bxf6 [%clk 0:00:30] Rf1 [%clk 0:00:19] 53.Bg5 [%clk 0:00:20] Rf2+ [%clk 0:00:08] 54.Kg1 [%clk 0:00:20] 1-0

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