By Julie Ann Grimm The New Mexican
April 10, 2007
Kraai’s Move Up
Santa Fe chess coach Jesse Kraai gained the elite status of genius-level “grandmaster” after beating a pair of top players Sunday night in Connecticut. The only higher title for a chess player is world champion.
Kraai, long a prominent figure in New Mexico’s chess world and a Santa Fe High School graduate, became the first American-born player in 10 years to become a grandmaster, according to a Monday Internet posting by the U.S. Chess Federation.
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