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Alice Lee defeats 8-time USA Women’s Chess Champion Irina Krush is sudden death Blitz Chess tiebreaks!

Somewhat overshadowed by the news from the World Chess Candidates Tournaments in Toronto, Canada, Alice Lee did something really amazing in March 2024!

14-year-old Alice Lee defeated 40-year-old Irina Krush, the 8-time USA Women’s Chess Champion, to win the 2024 Women’s American Cup Title and the $40,000.00 1st Place prize!

Irina Krush
8-Time USA Women Chess Champion

Irina Krush commentator 2023 World Chess Championship

Overall, Alice Lee and and Irina Krush played 12 games against each other at the 2024 American Cup with Alice scoring 7 points to Irina’s 5 points.

After 10 games against each other, Alice and Irina were tied for 1st Place and entered into the Blitz Chess tie-break format.

2024 Women's American Cup Winner's Final Bracket

Alice won the last two Blitz Chess games in the tie-break playoff format and the title!

14-year-old Alice Lee wins the chess 2024 American Cup Final Standings

Alice took home $40,000.00 in prize money while Irina took home $39,000.

Alice’s Family Celebrates!

14-year-old Alice Lee with mother & father outdoors at St Louis Chess Center after winning 2024 American Cup

Alice’s father and mother–both college professors–posed together for a photograph outside the St. Louis Chess Center after Alice’s 2024 American Cup victory.

Another Notable Game!

After winning the 2024 American Cup in March, a few month later in June 2024, 14-year-old Alice Lee defeated former Women’s World Chess Champion from Russia, 40-year-old Alexandra Kosteniuk in Round 4 of the 2024 Cairn’s Cup!

Alexandra Kosteniuk 40 years old at 2024 Cairn's Cup sitting behind the white pieces staring intensely

Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women’s World Chess Champion

Kosteniuk’s greatest success was winning the Women’s World Chess Championship in 2008, defeating the young Chinese prodigy and future Women’s World Chess Champion 14-year-old Hou Yifan with a score of 2½–1½!

To understand 14-year-old Alice’s Lee’s strength, achievements and her trajectory, consider the company she’s keeping and the women she is defeating!

For example, 30-year-old Hou Yifan is now the #1 rated woman chess player in the world with a rating of 2632!

Hou Yifan was World Chess Champion from 2010 until 2017 when she retired!

Where Did It Begin?

Alice Lee sitting behind white pieces hand on pawn

Alice Lee

USA’s Youngest Ever International Master!

Alice Lee crushed Record!

Alice Lee became America’s youngest ever female to become an International Master (IM), breaking a record set by one of Alice’s chess heroes, IM Carissa Yip of Boston. Carissa Yip set the record at 16 years old–at about three years older than Alice is now.

Alice Lee set the new record of the youngest ever female IM in the USA at 13 years and 7 months old, breaking the previous record held by Carissa Yip at 16 years and 1 month old.

Worldwide, Lee is one of only three female players to earn the IM title at age 13, joining GMs Judit Polgár and Kateryna Lagno.

Alice Lee was born October 13, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, who now lives in North Oaks, Minnesota with her family.

Alice Lee with bangs in red coat looking at the camera after making IM

Alice Lee

Alice Lee began playing chess at 6 years old in the school chess club where her older brother Linden was already playing.

Everyone in her family has earned a USA Chess rating.

At first her mom and dad–both university professors–were surprised at Alice’s success. “It seemed like her older brother Linden was the chess player, and Alice was just tagging along,” her mom Vanessa said. “But by 10 years old, Alice was competing with the top juniors.”

Brother Linden & Alice Enjoy a Lunch

Alice Lee sitting with brother Linden at lunch

Alice’s brother Linden, also a chess Master and Alice’s biggest hero and booster, helped her analyze her games. Both Alice and Linden are math whizzes as well, winning competitions.

Linden’s now busy going to college at Yale.

Alice’s Mom and Dad travel with her to tournaments but often have to take turns staying with her because of their busy teaching schedule.

Good Coaching & Experience!

Alice Lee sitting behind white pieces in red sweater versus Irina Krush

In the photo above, a young Alice sits behind the white pieces, contemplating her next move, while playing the 8-time USA Women’s Chess Champion, Irina Krush.

Alice Lee Studies Chess!

Alice Lee sitting behind white pieces hands on face

Alice Lee spends 2 to 3 hours a day studying and playing her favorite board game–chess!

Learn To Play Chess


Alice Lee Plays Chess!

14-year-old Alice Lee wins the chess 2024 American Cup outdoors at St Louis Chess Center

Alice Lee, 14 years old, in front of the St. Louis Chess Center after winning First Place at the 2024 American Cup!

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