Youngest U.S. Grandmaster

Sam Sevian (Samuel Sevian.com)

Sam Sevian (Samuel Sevian.com)

At 13 years, 10 months and 27 days, Sam Sevian became the youngest grandmaster in U.S. chess history.

Only four players have become grandmasters earlier — the most notable being the 24-year-old Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen, who was six months younger when he gained the title.

Such things do not happen easily.

Home-schooled, the Southbridge, Mass., teenager spends as much as nine hours a day studying the game.

His father, Armen, a scientist, encourages his son’s pursuit but wonders about a future in the brutally competitive arena of grandmaster chess, according to Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe.

Not a do-it-aloner like Bobby Fischer, Sam is an Internet kid who uses the Net and Skype for long-distance play and coaching.

What are the chances today of a gifted young player becoming the best in the world?

The odds are “staggering,” said Garry Kasparov, Sam’s occasional mentor — although the former world champion attests unequivocally to the teenager’s exceptional talent.

Sam recently played in the Tata Steel Grandmaster B tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

After painful losses in his first two games, he showed his mettle by rebounding with 6 wins, 3 draws, and a single loss in his last 10.

His progress will be fun to watch as he faces increasingly difficult competition.

Shelby Lyman

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