I guess it makes sense that a game involving kings and queens would be closely followed by the British.

Nine-year-old Samuel Sevian from Santa Clara, who recently became the youngest American chess player to attain the title of National Chess Master, has crossed the pond, at least in terms of news coverage. The Daily Mail and BBC News both carried items Wednesday about his achievement. We also spotted Sam and his dad in the studio yesterday recording a spot for the Beeb. He had a chess board in front of him, of course, and was staring at it like I look at my TV remote control — with a mixture of love, respect, and total mastery.

To listen to clips of my interviews with Sam and his father, click here.

Also, the Daily Mail unearthed this video of Sam claiming his first-place trophy at a Florida tournament in 2007.

News of Nine-Year-Old Local Chess Master Crosses the Pond 23 December,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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