Darwin Yang will participate in the 2010 SPICE Spring Invitational at Texas Tech University. Here are some of the fun facts about this young phenom:

Darwin started learning Chess in the Summer of 2004.
In 2005, he won 2005 National Youth Action and K-12 National Championship ( 3rd grade)
In 2006, he won Texas Elementary Championship.
By winning the Pan-American Championship in Ecuador (U-10), FIDE awarded him the FM title. (Ray Robson got his FM in 2005 at the same event )
In 2008, he finished 2nd at National Junior high Championship.
He won the Bronze medal at 2009 World Youth Championship in Vietnam (U-12).
In the January 2010 FIDE list, Darwin is ranked 87th in the US, 5th in the world and 1st in Continental America for U-14.
He has been 1st at his age group in the US for many years. He has been selected All-American team four times.
Darwin likes all kinds of sports, especially football, and plays for his school. He also likes reading, history, math and video games. He is currently a 7th grader at Rice Middle School in Plano, TX.

The 2010 SPICE Spring Invitational will take place in March (13-19) at the beautiful campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.

Here are the confirmed players:

– IM Davorin Kuljasevic (CRO) 2585 USCF – 2552 FIDE (2 GM norms) – Texas Tech Student
– IM Gabor Papp (HUN) 2578 USCF – 2542 FIDE (GM norm) – Texas Tech Student
– GM Julio Becerra (USA) 2610 USCF – 2538 FIDE (2-time participant of the SPICE Cup)
– GM Ben Finegold (USA) 2616 USCF – 2533 FIDE (earned GM title at 2009 SPICE Cup B group)
– IM Gergely Antal (HUN) 2557 USCF – 2511 FIDE (2 GM norms) – Texas Tech Student
– GM Jesse Kraai (USA) 2550 USCF – 2508 FIDE
– IM Dean Ippolito (USA) 2534 USCF – 2465 FIDE (Previous participant of the SPICE Cup)
– IM Irina Krush (USA) 2492 USCF – 2460 FIDE (GM norm – previous participant of the SPICE Cup)
– FM Eric Hansen (CAN) 2426 USCF – 2406 FIDE
– FM Darwin Yang (USA) 2398 USCF – 2369 FIDE (Youngest ever participant of a SPICE Invitational)

Average FIDE rating: 2488.5

GM norm is expected to be 6 points (out of 9 games) and IM norm is expected to be 4 points (out of 9 games).



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