Samuel Sevian

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Samuel Sevian
Sevian in 2019
CountryUnited States
Born (2000-12-26) December 26, 2000 (age 22)
Corning, New York, U.S.
TitleGrandmaster (2014)
FIDE rating2690 (June 2023)
Peak rating2703 (May 2022)
RankingNo. 47 (June 2023)
Peak rankingNo. 32 (June 2022)

Samuel Sevian (born December 26, 2000) is an American chess grandmaster. A chess prodigy, he earned the grandmaster title at the age of 13 years, 10 months and 27 days, making him the youngest ever American Grandmaster at the time.[1][2] He also broke all US age records in reaching the titles of National and International Master.[3][4]

Chess career[edit]

Sevian started to play chess at the age of 5 and his first major success came in 2009 when he broke the record for the youngest Expert in USCF history at 8 years, 2 months of age, beating Brian Luo's previous record by over 10 months.[5] On December 9, 2010, Sevian became the youngest National Master in USCF history at 9 years, 11 months, and 23 days, beating Nicholas Nip's record by 3 days.[6] In 2012, he completed all the norms required for the title of International Master (IM) in the space of 6 months. He became an IM after crossing the 2400 FIDE rating mark during Norm tournament in November 2013 in Budapest, thus setting the new US record of 12 years, 10 months.[7]

In November 2012, he became the World Champion in the U12 category at the World Youth Chess Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. In May 2013, Sevian was invited to play in the U.S. Chess Championship in St. Louis as the youngest ever participant. The field consisted of 24 players and Sevian scored 4/9 points, which placed him in shared 14th place ahead of several grandmasters.

In November 2014 Sevian became a Grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 10 months, and 27 days, a new US record. After completing all three norms required for the title at the Foxwoods Open in January 2014, Saint Louis GM Invitational in May and Washington International in August 2014 at age 13 years and 7 months, he then completed the final requirement for the title by reaching over a FIDE rating of 2500 during the Saint Louis GM Norm Invitational tournament, which he won convincingly with the score of 7½/9 points.[2]

He took part in the Tata Steel Challengers event in January 2015, sharing fifth place with a score of 7½/13 points.[8] Sevian shared fifth place in the US Chess Championship 2015, beating Wesley So, a world top ten ranked player, and drawing with Hikaru Nakamura as well as defending champion Gata Kamsky. This performance earned him a spot in the Chess World Cup 2015, where he drew both classical games against Teimour Radjabov in the first round of the tournament but was eliminated in the rapid playoff.

In June 2017, Sevian won the American Continental Chess Championship in Medellín, Colombia, which in that year had assembled the best Grandmasters of the Western Hemisphere, scoring 8½/11 points with superior tiebreak.[9][10] Winning this coveted Cup at the age of 16, Sevian yet again added a new age record to the long list of his achievements, now as the youngest ever American Continental Champion.[11] In September, he participated in the Chess World Cup 2017. He defeated Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu in the first round, then was defeated by Li Chao in the second round and eliminated from the tournament.

In 2019, he participated in the Chess World Cup 2019. He defeated Aryan Tari in the first round, then was defeated by Sergey Karjakin in the second round and eliminated from the tournament. Also, in 2019 Sevian represented US National Team at the World Team Championship in Astana Kazakhstan. He won the Individual Bronze medal for his performance on the second board.

In 2021, he participated in the Chess World Cup 2021. He defeated Sumant Subramaniam in the first round and Benjamin Bok in the second round, then was defeated by Jan-Krzysztof Duda in the third round and eliminated from the tournament.

Also in 2021, Sevian finished the United States Championship in the top three with the same score 6.5/11 as Fabiano Caruana and the eventual tie-break winner Wesley So, with a performance rating of 2747 higher than that of all the competitors.

In April 2022 Sevian participated in the first edition of the American Cup, a double elimination tournament where he defeated Wesley So in the classical match, before being knocked out by Fabiano Caruana in rapid tiebreaks, ultimately being eliminated by Robson in the elimination bracket in rapid. This pushed him above 2700 for the first time.

Personal life[edit]

Sevian was born in Corning, New York, to Armine and Armen Sevian, both of Armenian heritage. His father, Armen, held the title of candidate master in Soviet Armenia before moving to the United States in 1996 for his PhD studies. As of 2015, Armen was the principal scientist for a laser manufacturing company near Boston.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ "Youngest-ever American Chess Grandmaster crowned in St. Louis". Fox News. November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Sevian, 13, Youngest-Ever American Grandmaster". US Chess Federation. November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  3. ^ Jerauld, Brian (December 12, 2013). "World Chess Champ, 12, Earns International Master Title | St. Louis Public Radio". Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "The United States Chess Federation - Sevian Awarded IM Title". December 5, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Mechanics' Institute Chess Room". Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "The United States Chess Federation - Samuel Sevian Youngest US Master Ever!". Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "Profile of a prodigy: Samuel Sevian". ChessBase. James Satrapa. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  8. ^ Log in / Register (December 5, 2017). "Tata Steel Challengers 2015". Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "The Week in Chess 1180". Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Londoño, Diego (June 20, 2017). "Samuel Sevian, campeón de América". Noticias de ajedrez (in Spanish). ChessBase. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  11. ^ Guadalupe, Franc (June 19, 2017). "GM Samuel Sevian wins Continental Championship". US Chess. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "Samuel Sevian: Young Armenian-American Grandmaster Rises to the Top". HuffPost. December 15, 2014.
  13. ^ DePaolo, Joe (March 30, 2014). "Could Sam Sevian become the youngest US chess grandmaster ever?". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  14. ^ Depaolo, Joe (January 8, 2015). "A Game's Grand Young Man" – via

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Preceded by
Nicholas Nip
Youngest ever United States chessmaster
Succeeded by
Preceded by Youngest ever United States International Master
Succeeded by
Preceded by Youngest ever United States Grandmaster
Succeeded by