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Awonder Liang
A Liang 
Photograph by Albert Silver.  
Number of games in database: 303
Years covered: 2011 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2592 (2397 rapid, 2379 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2593

Overall record: +85 -63 =90 (54.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 65 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (41) 
    B51 B42 B52 B31 B22
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C65 C96 C93 C92 C84
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B10 B11 B18 B12
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C93 C84 C92 C96 C95
 King's Indian Attack (9) 
    A07 A08
 English (6) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C78 C77 C67 C70 C65
 Sicilian (14) 
    B50 B90 B54 B20 B23
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B12 B13 B18 B10 B11
 Grunfeld (12) 
    D78 D90 D70 D83 D94
 Queen's Indian (11) 
    E17 E12
 English, 1 c4 e5 (10) 
    A28 A20 A22 A29
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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 J Haug, 2017 1-0
   A Liang vs Z Izoria, 2018 1-0
   A Liang vs D Fernandez, 2011 1-0
   A Liang vs So, 2018 1/2-1/2
   A Liang vs V Akobian, 2019 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   St. Louis Spring Classic (Group B) (2017)
   US Championship (2020)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2018)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   Sunway Sitges International Open (2019)
   American Continental (2018)
   Sunway Sitges Festival (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2017)
   Rilton Cup 2018/19 (2018)
   Rilton Cup 2017/18 (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2018)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

   🏆 US Championship
   S Sevian vs A Liang (Oct-29-20) 1/2-1/2
   A Liang vs E Moradiabadi (Oct-29-20) 1-0
   Swiercz vs A Liang (Oct-28-20) 0-1
   A Liang vs S Shankland (Oct-28-20) 0-1
   A Liang vs L Dominguez (Oct-28-20) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-09-2003, 18 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 the 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, making him at that time 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 secured his third and final GM norm.

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: 2018-06-06 03:14:22

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 294  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. A Liang vs Kaufman 1-0372012Washington InternationalC45 Scotch Game
6. J Friedel vs A Liang  1-0252012Washington InternationalE92 King's Indian
7. 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 R Gao  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 Movsesian  ½-½572014Qatar MastersC41 Philidor Defense
22. D Daulyte-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
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Premium Chessgames Member
  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."

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  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
Feb-09-18  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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  ketchuplover: Don't let those fish off the hook young man
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  Ron: Victory by Awonder Liang against one of the best rapid players here:

Nakamura vs A Liang, 2018

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  Penguincw: Awonder Liang receives the Frank P. Samford Jr. Chess Fellowship (alongside Sevian).

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  wordfunph: 2019 U.S. Championship

So - Liang


i love you, Liang!

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  Pulo y Gata: Awonder made history in that game. It was the very first time a 2700 player was pulverised by a 15-year old boy in standard chess.
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  chancho: Ten years ago, Awonder Liang was about five years old and taking his first steps at learning the game of Chess.

Ten years ago, Wesley So, 14 years old, youngest GM at the time, playing in the World Cup.

<“How did it get so late so soon?” ― Dr. Seuss>

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  wordfunph: Now an honorary citizen of the Philippines
Apr-02-19  bubuli55: Awonder “Aw” Liang
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  Kapmigs: The boy Wesley So could not beat--
Dec-21-19  mckmac: Big win today for GM Liang against Ivanchuk in the Sunway Sitges Open:

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  OhioChessFan: Crossed 2500 in November 2016, at 13YO. 4 years later, he has only been at 2600 one rating list, in May of 2019. There's time left to reach Super GM level, but the recent trend isn't promising.
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  0ZeR0: Awonder Liang played a nice game recently against Azerbaijani IM/WGM Gunay Mammadzada in the Polgar Challenge tournament of the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour going on now.

A link to an analysis of the game:

Apr-11-21  macer75: <0ZeR0: Awonder Liang played a nice game recently against Azerbaijani IM/WGM Gunay Mammadzada in the Polgar Challenge tournament of the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour going on now.>

What the @#$% is that tournament?

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  0ZeR0: The Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour is a group of tournaments that highlights talented youngsters in chess right now. In the Polgar Challenge (the first tourney in the tour), Judit Polgar had a team of youngsters and Vladimir Kramnik had a team of youngsters. It was ultimately won by Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa of team Kramnik.
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  MissScarlett: <The Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour is a group of tournaments that highlights talented youngsters in chess right now.>

It seems to have particularly highlighted the talented male youngsters. I confess to not wholly grasping the team nature of this event, given that it's an all-play-all format and the winner takes it all.

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  0ZeR0: <MissScarlett>

I thought perhaps it was because Polgar and Kramnik selected the individuals for their teams, but maybe that's incorrect.

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  MissScarlett: The event and the tour was obviously thrown together at short notice, so let's not overthink it.
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