Carissa Yip Earns Final IM Norm at SPICE Cup

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


  1. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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