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Alice Lee Crushed the Record!


John Bain

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. 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.

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

In the photo above, 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!

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Alice Lee Plays Chess!

Alice Lee 13 years old after winning first place at the U.S. Girls Junior Chess Championship

Alice Lee, 13 years old, with trophy after winning First Place at the 2023 USA Girls Junior Chess Championship!

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