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Young Chess Champ

New York teen is youngest US chess champ since Bobby Fischer 

It took two overtimes but the US Chess Championship has been settled, going to a teen-ager from New York. The 16-year-old is the youngest player to claim the title since Bobby Fischer won it in 1958, when he was 14. He says the eleven-day tournament that ended Monday was a "blur." This isn't the first major accolade for the Japanese-born teen. Last year he became an American grandmaster, eclipsing by a few months Fischer's record of attaining the status at age 15. However he says he doesn't see himself as the next Fischer, stating "I think I'm a little bit more sane."

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