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USA’s Rachael Li

Born: January 06, 2010

Rated 2200+

Rachael Li of Texas broke the 2200+ rating barrier at 9 years old to become the youngest ever female USA Chess Master in history. Rachael broke Carissa Yip’s youngest ever Master record set in 2015, when Carissa was 11 years old.

by John Bain

Rachael Li in USA Chess Women cap with coffee cup to mouth.

Rachael, who turned 10 years old on January 6th, 2020, is currently #3 on the USA Top 9-Year-Olds list.

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Rachael with her brother and father in 2016.

A Chess-Playing Family!

Rachael Li comes from a chess-playing family. She began playing chess competitively at 4 years old, and played in her first World Open at 4-and-a-half years old.

An Expert at 8 Years Old!

Rachael, now the #1 female player in her age group in the United States, also broke the record for the youngest ever female USA Chess Expert last year at 8 years old.

Interestingly, Rachael’s older brother Ruifeng Li, now a 17-year-old Grandmaster, did not earn his Expert title until he was 9 years old–a year older than Rachael’s accomplishment!

Rachael Li contemplates move at chessboard playing black pieces.

Rachael contemplates a position at 9 years old.

Words of Wisdom from Rachael Li!

“Learning may sometimes be boring, but you must have patience and grit to improve. Don’t mind the obstacles that are in your way, once you get talented, they are like pieces of cheese getting shredded.”

Rachael is on her way!

The Path to Grandmaster Can Begin Here

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Chess Rules For Students is a workbook for students learning the game of chess and for beginning students returning to the game. No previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Parents unfamiliar with chess will find this booklet a valuable guide to their child’s new interest.

Chess Rules For Students is designed with students, coaches, and parents in mind. Reading level is appropriate for grade-school use. All major rules of chess are covered, and algebraic notation worksheets are included. Each page is in easy-to-use worksheet format. A student-friendly Answer Key makes self-correction fun!

Beginners & Intermediate Book – Checkmate! Ideas For Students

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Checkmate! Ideas For Students is a workbook for beginning and intermediate students. Checkmate! covers the tactics used in checkmate attacks with clear explanations, diagrams and arrows to pinpoint the key features.

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Chess Tactics For Students is a workbook containing 434 carefully selected problems in worksheet format. Chess Tactics has been extensively field tested with elementary, middle-school, and high-school students over a four-year period.

This book is ideal for independent seat work as well as for homework and classroom instruction. The worksheet format and Answer Key enable self-correction with minimal dependence or direct help from a chess teacher, coach, or parent.

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