Nicholas Nip

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Nicholas Nip
Full name Nicholas Nip
Country  United States
Born (1998-03-10) March 10, 1998 (age 16)
San Francisco
Title USCF Master
FIDE rating 2150 (April 2008)[1]
Peak rating 2217 (September 2007)

Nicholas Nip (born March 10, 1998) is a United States Chess Federation (USCF) National Master (NM). In 2008, he became the youngest USCF Master in history, obtaining a rating of 2207 at the age of 9 years, 11 months and 26 days, a record that was surpassed in 2010 by Samuel Sevian.[2][3][4]

Nip's feat broke the record held for a decade by fellow chess prodigy Hikaru Nakamura. However, Nip's record was not without controversy because matches were included in the rating calculations, prompting allegations of manipulation.[5] Since accomplishing the record, Nip no longer plays chess, and due to his inactivity no longer appears on the bi-monthly top 100 lists for his age.

On April 21, 2008, Nip played ten simultaneous games on Live with Regis and Kelly.[6]


  1. ^ "Chess Ratings". Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  2. ^ Jennifer Shahade 9-year-old Nip is Youngest Master Ever. The US Chess Federation. March 6, 2008
  3. ^ NM Nicholas Nip, First 9 Year Old USCF Master!
  4. ^ Jennifer Shahade Nicholas Nip Update. The US Chess Federation. March 17, 2008
  5. ^ Something to Nip in the Bud. (2008-03-10)
  6. ^ "U.S. Chess Trust". Archived from the original on 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 

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Preceded by
Hikaru Nakamura
Youngest ever United States chessmaster
Succeeded by
Samuel Sevian