Simone is a 10 year-old growing up in Agoura Hills. She is more into reading, writing and art than maths and logic. Simone had never seen a chess set until second grade when she enrolled in an after-school beginner chess program provided by Willow Elementary School in Agoura, after she exhausted all the “interesting” after-school classes like clay making, wood shop, crafting, etc.

Chess phenom yet to meet her match
By Dennis McCarthy
Updated: 09/02/2009 06:30:52 PM PDT

Don’t let her young age and friendly demeanor fool you, her coaches say. The kid has the heart of a champion and the brains to match.

She’ll steal your queen, knock over your king, and be relaxing on the couch watching cartoons on TV before your seat’s even warm.

Simone Liao is that good. At 10.

The Agoura Hills girl just returned from Argentina with a gold medal in her age bracket at the Pan-American Youth Chess Championships attended by players from 17 countries.

She had something to prove. Last year, she won the silver. Not this year.

Here is the full article.

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