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Carissa in blue blazer smiling big at 2021 US Chess Championship

Carissa beats 4 former champions on way to title!

In 2021, shortly after her 18th birthday, Carissa made history by becoming the first woman ever to defeat four former champions in a USA Women’s Chess Championship on her way to the title.

The four former USA Women Chess Champions Carissa defeated included 8-time winner Irina Krush (1998, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2020), 4-time winner Anna Zatonskih (2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011) as well as Nazi Paikidze (2016) and Sabina Francesca Foisor (2017).

The 2021  USA Women’s Chess Championship

Final Standings

2021 US Women Championship Final Standings crosstable with Performance Rating 2514

Carissa wins five straight games on way to title!

Carissa smiling big after winning seated in light blue blazer at 2021 US Chess Championship

Performance Rating 2514!

In addition to beating four former champions, Carissa achieved an amazing 5-game win streak, earning a Performance Rating for this tournament of 2514 and winning the title!

Carissa is now the second highest rated woman in the USA at 2492, trailing only Irina Krush who stands at 2521 after Irina’s 3rd place finish at the 2021 USA Women’s Chess Championship.

Who Is Carissa Yip?

Carissa Yip International Chess Master Title!

Carissa Yip

Born September 10, 2003 in USA

Rated: 2492

Carissa Yip is the youngest-ever American female to earn Expert, Master, Woman Grandmaster (WGM) and International Master (IM) titles.

Since only two American women have ever earned the Grandmaster (GM) title, that remains the only other female record for Carissa to break–becoming the youngest ever USA female Grandmaster!

Approximately two years ago, at 16 years, one month, and 18 days old, Yip beat the International Master (IM) title record formerly held by now-Grandmaster Irina Krush (2013) by more than one year.

Cariss Yip is an IM with cake November 2019

Carissa’s Astounding Accomplishments!

June 2019 – Wins 2019 North American Junior Girls’ Championship.

July 2019 – Wins 2019 U.S. Junior Girls’ Championship, becomes USA’s youngest-ever WGM.*

August 2019 – Earned second IM norm at U.S. Masters Championship.

September 2019 – Became second highest-rated USA female (2425).

October 2019 – Become USA’s youngest-ever female IM.

*Carissa’s win at  the 2019 USA Junior Girls’ Championship earned her an automatic spot into the 2020 USA Women’s Championship!

October 2021 – Won the 2021 USA Women’s Chess Championship.

Carissa’s Historic Climb to the Top

Where it began


9 Years Old
The Youngest Female USA Chess Expert Ever

Carissa Yip 9 years old Expert

Carissa Contemplating a Move

9 Years Old

Only three years after learning the game of chess at 6 years old, 9-year-old Carissa earned the title of U.S. Chess Federation Expert, becoming the youngest USA female Expert ever!

Amazingly, at only 9-years old, her U.S. Chess Federation Expert title placed Carissa in the top 7 percent of all USCF registered players and the top 2 percent of female players.

Her father Percy, a computer IT architect, taught her chess until she began beating him within a year. Carissa set a goal for herself in 2013 to one day become the first female to win the overall World Chess Championship–not just in the female category, her father said.

And, while she loves chess and plans to become the World Champion, Carissa also plans to become a professional golfer and a policewoman.

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