Nicholas Nip

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Nicholas Nip
Full name Nicholas Nip
Country  United States
Born (1998-03-10) March 10, 1998 (age 18)
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 was taught the game by Academic Chess when he was enrolled in Kindergarten and was coached by its founder, Eric Hicks (who recognized Nip's potential) and Lina Vark, his wife.[5][6]

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.[7] 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.[8]


  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. ^ Aigner, Michael (5 March 2008). "NM Nicholas Nip, First 9 Year Old USCF Master!". fpawn chess blog. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Shahade, Jennifer (6 March 2008). "9-year-old Nip is Youngest Master Ever". The United States Chess Federation. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Something to Nip in the Bud. (2008-03-10)
  8. ^ "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