Great press for Awonder Liang! Awonder and his family live in the Madison, Wisconsin area and the Liang children are often found playing at the Hales Corners Chess Challenges, in which Goddesschess sponsors prizes for female players.
December 3, 2011
Awonder Liang Makes The New York Times!
(contains a list of prior Goddesschess posts about Awonder Liang)
From Trib Local - Orlando Park, IL
Chess prodigy to compete in Orland Park this weekend
Today at 2:15 p.m.
Orland Park will host 8-year-old world champion Awonder Liang, who will compete against adults in the 2011 Illinois Class Chess Championships.
The two-day event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Village of Orland Park Cultural Center, 14760 Park Lane.
Event organizer Mikhail Korenman said between 70-80 players of various ages will participate. Liang, who resides in Madison, Wis., will be one of the featured participants.
“This little kid is a genius,” Korenman said. “He’s the highest rated boy in the United States. He is very close to being a Master in the United States, which is a major, major achievement.”
Liang also won the 8-under division of the World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil in late November.
According to the United States Chess Federation website, his father, Will, is a strong Class A player and his brother, Adream and Able, also play competitive chess.
Chicago’s Angelo Young, an International Master, is the defending Illinois Class Chess Championship, which last year was held in Skokie.