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Madison's Liang to compete in U.S. Chess Championship

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MADISON (WKOW) -

Most teenagers aren't sure what they want to be when they grow up, but Awonder Liang is always thinking a few moves ahead.

"My long-term goal, I guess, is to be the World Champion. Obviously, it's a goal that's pretty far away from where I am, but I guess I would say, 'Shoot high.'"

Liang has always shot high and rarely missed. At age 14, he is the first Wisconsin-born player to become a Grandmaster and the second-youngest American.

"He's the youngest Grandmaster in the World," adds Mike Nietman, the president of the Wisconsin Chess Association. "He already has two world titles under his belt having played in the World Youth Under-8 in Brazil and World Youth Under-10 in the United Arab Emirates. So, he was already a two-time world champion even before he was 11 years old."

Next up, Liang will face 11 of the nation's best at the U.S. Chess Championship in St. Louis starting on April 17. He is the youngest Grandmaster in the field.

"We're kind of getting to the point in chess where age doesn't matter too much," says Liang.

He is proving that with one move at a time.
 

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