Carissa Yip Earns Final IM Norm at SPICE Cup

[pgn] [Event "Spice Cup 2019"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2019.10.23"]
[White "Burke, John"]
[Black "Yip, Carissa"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C50"]
[WhiteElo "2551"]
[BlackElo "2422"]
[PlyCount "132"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.10.25"]1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 O-O 6. h3 a6 7. a4 d6 8. c3 Ba7
9. Re1 Kh8 10. d4 Ng8 11. Be3 f5 12. exf5 d5 13. Bb3 e4 14. Bg5 Qd6 15. Nh4
Bxf5 16. Nxf5 Rxf5 17. Bh4 Raf8 18. Nd2 Nce7 19. Nf1 c6 20. Ne3 R5f7 21. c4 Nf5
22. Nxf5 Rxf5 23. cxd5 cxd5 24. Re2 Ne7 25. Bg3 Qd8 26. Bh4 Qd6 27. a5 Nc6 28.
Ra4 Qh6 29. Bg3 Qf6 30. Kh2 Bxd4 31. Rd2 Be5 32. Rxd5 Bxg3+ 33. fxg3 Rf2 34.
Rd2 e3 35. Rxf2 exf2 36. Rf4 Qe7 37. Qd5 Nxa5 38. Ba2 Qe8 39. Qe4 Rg8 40. Bxg8
Qxe4 41. Rxe4 g5 42. Re8 Kg7 43. b4 f1=Q 44. bxa5 Qb5 45. Rb8 Qxa5 46. Be6 Kf6
47. Bg4 b5 48. Be2 Qc7 49. Ra8 Qb7 50. Bf3 Qb6 51. Rc8 Ke5 52. Rc6 Qa7 53. Be2
Kd5 54. Bf3+ Kd4 55. Be2 Qe7 56. Rc2 Qe6 57. Bg4 Qb6 58. Bf5 h6 59. Rd2+ Ke5
60. Bg4 a5 61. Be2 a4 62. Bd1 Qa5 63. Ra2 Kd4 64. Ra3 Qb4 65. Rf3 Qd2 66. Rd3+
Qxd3 0-1[/pgn]
At 2418, she is currently neck and neck with Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih as the highest FIDE rated female player in the United States. 
Yip is now the youngest-ever American female to make expert, master, WGM and IM. Since only two American women have made GM, that's the only other record left for her.
Carissa is part of the Top US Chess Women Chess Program, as funded by a grant by the Saint Louis Chess Club. You can now follow her on twitter at


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Great game! Congratulations.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Go Carissa!!! With all due respect to Fun Master Mike Klein, Carissa has plenty of other records to aspire to besides youngest American female to become GM. She can become first female to win the US junior invitational (frequently misnamed as US junior open, which is another tournament altogether), and once you start thinking in terms of tournament records and rating records there are all kinds of highs she can hit. Youngest American of either gender to become World Champion (currently held by Magnus), World Rapid Champion, and blitz, and FR and lesser gender-less titles that are still impressive to hold and earn. Please don't limit her to the female corner of chess history, or that may be all she aspires to. Yikes, what a horrible thought.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

This is a true IM norm, not a women's norm, yes?

In reply to by Mike Franklin (not verified)

Yes. If you look at her FIDE player page she is officially an FM and a WGM, so her days of being a WIM were already over before now. Once the next official FIDE meeting that overlooks norms and other things meets(I think once a quarter), then she will officially be an IM and a WGM.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

How come there is no report on Spice Cup this year? Isn't it a major US tournament? It was also in memory of Pal Benko. "The 2019 SPICE Cup is...dedicated to the memory of Pal Benko" Maybe someone is doing a report. She played well till midway then faded. Otherwise, could have even got a GM norm. But still good for an IM norm.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Fitchburg Access Television (FATV) in Massachusetts will present on Monday, November 18, at 7 p.m. an episode of its popular "Chess Chat" TV series, titled "Carissa Yip to be awarded IM title by FIDE," produced by members of the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University and hosted by George Mirijanian and Dave Couture. The program will have a complete report about the 13th annual SPICE Cup, held in late October in Saint Louis. The show will have photos from the tournament and feature one of Carissa Yip's games. The program can be viewed via live streaming at at 7 p.m. and be made available on video on demand on FATV's website.

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