Steven Zierk, a 17-year-old from Los Gatos, Calif., is on top of the chess world.Full article
Saturday, he won the under age 18 section of the World Youth Chess Championships, in Halkidiki, Greece, finishing a full point ahead of the field. It was a surprising result as he was ranked No. 26 at the start behind more established players, including five grandmasters and 10 international masters.
Zierk is the first American to win the under 18 section, but not the first to win a title at the youth championships, whose origins go back to the 1970’s.