Friday, January 11, 2013

Chess Princess: Sheena Yang

Sheena is a venerated name in the lore of legendary queens and princesses.

Hays girl, 8, claims big prizes in national chess tournaments
7:01 a.m. CST, January 11, 2013
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — An 8-year-old Hays girl is gaining notoriety for her chess skills.

The Hays Daily News reports ( ) that Sheena Zeng, a fourth-grader at O'Loughlin Elementary School, won about $2,000 over the Christmas holidays at chess tournaments in California and Nevada.

Sheena captured second place, and about $1,800, in her age division at the North American Open in Las Vegas, and won another $364 at the New Year's Open in Santa Clara, Calif.

Her father Hongbiao (hong-bee-OW) Zeng (Jung) is a math professor at Fort Hays State University, where his wife, Michelle, is an instructor in the same department.

Sheena is also a U.S. Junior Open champion and has had top four finishes in numerous other national and international competitions.


Information from: The Hays (Kan.) Daily News,


This table shows that since Sheena started USCF-rated competition, she has increased her ELO rating by close to 1,000 points.  From May 8, 2011, when she started out with a rating of 412 when she played in the 2011 National Elementary Championships to 1375 when she played on January 6, 2013 in the Bay Area New Year's Open. 

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