Carissa Yip, Our Top Ranked Female Player Internationally, Turns 16

Carissa Yip rocketed up the rating charts and is now the #1 ranked female chessplayer in the U.S. just in time for her sixteenth birthday today, September 10th, 2019.

Carissa defended her title at the 2019 U.S. Junior Girls Championship, and followed it up with a formidable showing in the U.S. Masters to propel her to new heights. She earned her second IM norm at the U.S. Masters, and grew her rating over 2400 FIDE. She told CLO that her favorite victory from the summer was this win over Dariusz Swiercz, the highest rated player she ever beat.

She also beat IM Michael Mulyar in the same event.

Carissa Yip at the US Masters (photo Hanks)

Yip was featured in a recent article on the Christian Science Monitor, which quoted the young star on why she loves chess.

“I can’t imagine my life without chess,” she says. “I can’t imagine my life before chess, too. … It’s just a huge part of me.”

You can also see Yip in action in this video where she takes part in the World record attempt.

Yip told CLO that she is looking forward to taking a gap year from her intensive high school, “It means I’m able to take more days off for tournaments. My school only allows five days of personal time, which isn’t nearly enough when it comes to tournaments like US Women’s. I’m also looking forward to dedicating more time to my chess studies, since school is usually intense.”

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. While all of Massachusetts is proud of the accomplishments of Carissa Yip and wishes her a “Happy Birthday” on her special day, two chess clubs – which happen to be the two oldest clubs in the Bay State – are extremely proud of what she has accomplished, because she was champion of both these clubs. The Wachusett Chess Club in Fitchburg, which officially dates from 1960 but unofficially dates from the late 1940s, saw Carissa win its club championship in 2014 at Fitchburg State University with a perfect score of 7-0. In 2016, Carissa became champion of the Boylston Chess Club, which started in Boston exactly 100 years ago but is now situated in Cambridge, where she scored 7-2 to be the first female in that club’s history to become champion. Two significant milestones in Carissa’s career. And we expect more will come.

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