11-year old school boy wrote a new chapter in Australian Chess history.

In just completed Australasian Masters 2012 tournament the youngest participant 11-year old Anton Smirnov became the youngest ever winner of this traditional event.

Anton is #1 rated player in world in his age (born 2001) and has been playing chess for nearly 8 years!

In the last round Anton met his toughest opponent in the tournament – his dad, International Master Vladimir Smirnov.

After a big fight the game ended in a draw allowing Anton to win the tournament, collecting $600 for his effort, not bad for a Grade 5 student.

The traditional International Master Norm round robin event had been held in Melbourne for the last 24 years.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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