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Annie Wang
A Wang 
Photo © 2018 Lennart Ootes  
Number of games in database: 53
Years covered: 2015 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2384 (2037 blitz)

Overall record: +12 -8 =13 (56.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 20 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E32 E36 E38 E59
 King's Indian (5) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (6) 
    B51 B56 B67 B69 B20
 French Defense (5) 
    C01 C11 C07 C03
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Wang vs N Paikidze, 2015 1/2-1/2
   A Wang vs D Derakhshani, 2018 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (Women) (2018)
   US Championship (Women) (2019)
   US Championship (Women) (2015)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

   🏆 FIDE Online Olympiad
   A Wang vs A Sliwicka (Aug-23-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Fiorella Contreras Huaman vs A Wang (Aug-23-20) 0-1, rapid
   A Wang vs Maili-Jade Ouellet (Aug-23-20) 1-0, rapid
   A Wang vs Isabella Ribeiro Conti De Freitas (Aug-22-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Ineymig Hernandez Gil vs A Wang (Aug-22-20) 0-1, rapid

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(born May-18-2002, 18 years old) United States of America

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FIDE Master and Woman Grandmaster.

The then eleven year old Woman IM Annie Wang set a record in 2014 of becoming the youngest (after Irina Krush, age 12 then) female USA player to collect the status of master in chess(3). She resides in California and started playing the game at age five.

She became a WIM after winning the 2014 U18 Girls section of the North American Youth Chess Championship and scored bronze by placing 3rd (after tiebreaks) at the 2016 WYCC (women's) U14 section(1). At the 2017 WYCC U-16 women's section, she strode out to lead by a point, ahead of both Viktoria Radeva and Aleksandra Maltsevskaya (Annie's only drawn opponent whom she faced) by the eighth round (of eleven total, with a 2.5 point lead by the 10th round (10.5 after(2) the final round), and a score of 5.5/6 against the top 4 starting seeds).

At the age of 15 she tied for the lead of the US Championship (Women) (2018), but eventually lost on tiebreaks to Nazi Paikidze.

References / Sources

(1) (2016 WYCC standings), (2) (she won her first five games (surrendering only 1 draw and no losses in eleven rounds) at Montevideo in the 2017 WYCC U-16(w) section for the sole lead after 5 out of eleven rounds), (3) (St. Louis chess club), (4) (cover image of her, from Chess Life, issued October 2014).

Last updated: 2019-07-05 11:19:57

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 53  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Abrahamyan vs A Wang 0-1302015US Championship (Women)C03 French, Tarrasch
2. A Wang vs Jennifer Yu 0-1482015US Championship (Women)D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. K Nemcova vs A Wang 1-0362015US Championship (Women)C01 French, Exchange
4. A Wang vs S Foisor 0-1582015US Championship (Women)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
5. V Ni vs A Wang  1-0772015US Championship (Women)A13 English
6. A Wang vs N Paikidze ½-½1032015US Championship (Women)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
7. I Krush vs A Wang 1-0322015US Championship (Women)A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
8. A Wang vs R Goletiani  0-1372015US Championship (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. A Sharevich vs A Wang  ½-½702015US Championship (Women)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. A Virkud vs A Wang  ½-½462015US Championship (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. A Wang vs A Melekhina  1-0362015US Championship (Women)A59 Benko Gambit
12. A Wang vs B Clarke  0-1692018Pro Chess LeagueE92 King's Indian
13. Kyle Haining vs A Wang 1-0292018Pro Chess LeagueC07 French, Tarrasch
14. A Wang vs S J Breckenridge  0-1742018Pro Chess LeagueE92 King's Indian
15. J Sheng vs A Wang  1-0472018Pro Chess LeagueC11 French
16. A Wang vs Vinesh Ravuri  ½-½572018Pro Chess LeagueE92 King's Indian
17. A Wang vs E Yanayt  1-0342018Pro Chess LeagueE92 King's Indian
18. Ruotong Chu vs A Wang  1-0442018Pro Chess LeagueE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
19. F Ynojosa Aponte vs A Wang  0-1662018Pro Chess LeagueD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
20. A Wang vs Maggie Feng  1-0702018US Championship (Women)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. A Wang vs T Abrahamyan  ½-½382018US Championship (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. R Goletiani vs A Wang  0-1552018US Championship (Women)A13 English
23. A Wang vs Jennifer Yu 1-01072018US Championship (Women)A52 Budapest Gambit
24. Akshita Gorti vs A Wang  ½-½642018US Championship (Women)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
25. A Wang vs D Derakhshani 1-0572018US Championship (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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  norami: And now I find out Jennifer Yu, who just beat Annie, is also a little girl. I'll check to see how many little girls are in this "women's" championship.
Sep-25-17  waustad: She has picked up nearly 200 elo at the World Youth Championships in Uruguay. There is one round left to play, but her tpr is 2592. She's only drawn one game, with the rest wins.
Sep-25-17  waustad: The games are available here:
Sep-25-17  Arconax: <waustad> Thank you for that link.
Sep-26-17  sonia91: She won the World Girls U16 with 9.5/10!
Sep-26-17  sonia91: <sonia91: She won the World Girls U16 with 9.5/10!>

She won with a round to spare and eventually finished on 10.5/11!! She gained 217,6 (!!) rating points:

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  norami: She disappointed three years ago but this year she's getting the job done.
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  ketchuplover: not too shabby so far
Apr-27-18  PhilFeeley: Clearly underrated. Possibly U.S. champ next? (I know it's early, but she's beaten Krush already and "only" has to face Zatonskih and Paikidze.)
Apr-28-18  Jambow: Wow youngster is on a tirade...
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  Gypsy: <Jambow: Wow youngster is on a tirade...>

'On a tear' perhaps?

Apr-30-18  Jambow: All right a pert nice whoopen streak ifen my English is what ails you...
Apr-30-18  Fluffy: Congratulations to you, Annie for taking it down to the wire. You did very well; you made Nazi work hard for it, and that's not easy to do.

<PhilFeeley: she's beaten Krush already and "only" has to face... Paikidze.)>

"only" Heh that's a pretty tall order.

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  Penguincw: Great effort by Annie Wang at the U.S Women's Championship. Got off to a hot start, but forced into a tiebreaker, falling short after 3 more exciting games.
May-01-18  John Abraham: She met her match in the tiebreaker but was also unlucky to not clinch the title decisively in the final round. However overall that was a very impressive performance from Annie in this event! Here's to hoping that we continue to be graced by the extraordinary talents of this young star.
Jul-02-18  UncleBent: Annie has opted out of the US Girls Championship, but will play in the US Junior Championship, where she will be seeded 9th out of 10. Both tournaments will begin, next week, in St. Louis.

Both Irina Krush and Jennifer Shahade played in the 1999 US Junior, with Irina finishing at in a tie for 2nd. Is that the only other time the US Junior has had female participants?

Jul-03-18  happyjuggler0: I think it is sad that they play both tournaments at the same time. This forces the top girls to pick either the gender-neutral junior championship (with an invite for the winner to the gender-neutral US championship) or the girl's junior championship. Given the money involved there is higher equity for a top girl in the girl's event and also in the US women's championship, so we have Jennifer Yu playing in the girl's event even though she is higher rated than Annie.

Why are the USCF and the Sinquefield's discouraging the ladies from striving to be the best that they can be?

Jul-03-18  UncleBent: The Sinquefields did a great favor to the US Girls Championship by running it in St. Louis. Up until last year, the Girls' Championship was held around the country with a lower prize found, and, most times, poorer playing conditions. In fact, I'm not sure how often the US Girls' Ch was held. I also don't think a player can play in BOTH, even if they were scheduled at different times. The US Junior is open to all genders, while the US Girls' is, obviously, limited to one gender. I am assuming that the offer to play in the US Junior was first offered to Carissa Yip and Jennifer Yu, since both have higher USCF and FIDE ratings than Annie Wang. Annie will be playing for twice the prize money, and I think* there will be an IM norm possibility. (*not sure if the US Junior gets the same FIDE norm-exemption given the US Championship -- not having at least 3 federations represented, etc.)
Jul-03-18  happyjuggler0: First off I want to acknowledge that the Sinquefield money has been huge and continues to be huge in US chess.

However I think you sidestepped my point; perhaps I didn't describe what I meant clearly enough.

On their website, they have Annie as rated 10th in the field for the US Junior (USJ), but she would be rated 2nd in the US Girl's Junior Championship (USGJ).

10th place in the USJ is worth $500, while 2nd place in the USGJ is $2000, or four times as lucrative.

So if you take ratings seriously (and they are all juniors, so while they may all be underrated compared to adults, they aren't playing adults), then the situation as things are set up massively discourages the girls from playing in the USJ.

Since discouraging girls (or anyone else) from aiming high is a bad idea, then I can only conclude this set up is a bad idea.

If the USCF only allows them to play either one or the other and not both, then the USCF is hurting the girls' future in my opinion by helping them to set their sights too low.

However if they are allowed to play both, then holding them both at the same time is instead a culprit to be blamed for hurting the girls' future. Just hold them on separate dates (!) and problem solved.

Huge kudos to Annie for refusing to fall into the trap of easier money and instead choosing to challenge herself.

Jul-03-18  happyjuggler0: The fields for those who are interested:

Jul-03-18  UncleBent: <.... I think you sidestepped my point; perhaps I didn't describe what I meant clearly enough.>

No, I understood your point. But my take was that the Girls (with high enough ratings, Yu, Yip and Wang) at least had an option to choose, which, of course, is not available to the boys.

All three of Yip/Yu/Wang have plenty opportunities to play in FIDE Swisses and have had invitations to Norm invitationals. Carissa Yip achieved her first IM norm at a 10 player RR in Charlotte NC, just a month ago. And she and Jennifer just completed playing in the Philadelphia International, and are both beginning play in the World Open. They have had plenty of opportunites to play (and beat) IMs and GMs. Annie has not played in a top event since the US Womens' Ch, last April. I am guessing that she is occupied with other things, besides chess, and is using the US Junior as a norm opportunity. (Again, I am assuming she can gain a norm with a TPA of 2450. Not sure.)

Jul-04-18  UncleBent: <Huge kudos to Annie for refusing to fall into the trap of easier money and instead choosing to challenge herself.>

I think you are overstating the case. I'm guessing it is more a result of practical circumstances -- family finances and how much time a teenage girl has available. Case in point, last year's US Girls' Champion, 15 year old Akshita Gorti, eschewed this year's St Louis "Junior" events and is spending the summer in Europe in pursuit of IM norms. Akshita played in two 9RR events in June (both in Hungary), and will begin play, tomorrow, in a FIDE tournament in Spain. Huge Kudos to her!

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  ketchuplover: Not fairing so well in the Junior Open Event so far :(
Jul-21-18  UncleBent: Finished 2-7 in the US Junior Ch. She did show fighting spirit, but that is not enough in a field that had 5 GMs. Her prep and experience was not even close to most of the field.
Aug-23-19  UncleBent: Annie has earned the IM title with her 1st place finish in the U20 Pan American Championship. Although it was an open event, she was the 4th seed, with only one player rated above 2400. Yet the IM title is automatically granted, and apparently without the rating requirement of 2400(?) Two weeks later Annie earned another norm with her 1st place finish in the Berkeley IM Event (all women). Her ELO must be getting closer to 2400. She becomes the first native-born, female to earn the IM title as a member of the US federation.
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