Chess takes 14-yearold around the world
Emily Nguyen was 4 when she found a chess set at the Round Rock Public Library. “She wanted to move the chess pieces, she wanted to play,” her mother, Uyen Tran, says.
Soon, her father, Nam Nguyen, was teaching her as he had her older brother, Anthony. A year later, Emily was competing in tournaments.
“I like calculating everything and knowing I have the power to do whatever I want with all the pieces,” she says. “It’s a strategy game.”
Now the ninth-grader at Westwood High School is about to compete as one of the top 12 women in the United States. She won the U.S. Junior Girls Championship last summer and has been ranked as high as No. 9 in the world for junior girls under 16, which is the most competitive level for that age.
Next week, she’ll be in St. Louis at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis to compete foras hare of $100,000 in prize money during the two-week U.S. Women’s Championships. That means she’ll be competing against both teens and adults.
Emily Nguyen, 14, loves the knight because it can jump over other pieces.
Emily and her family often get to sightsee in the countries they visit, like exploring ruins in Peru.