Home Page Chess Life Online 2015 February Yian Liou Wins Falconer Award
|Yian Liou Wins Falconer Award|
|By IM John Donaldson|
|February 1, 2015|
International Master Yian Liou has earned the prestigious 2015 Falconer Award given annually to the highest rated chess player under 18 in Northern California. The junior at Monte Vista High School in Danville will receive a check for $2502, equal to his rating on the December 2014 USCF rating supplement. Yian earned his International Master title this past summer playing in Europe.
The Falconer Award is named in honor of the late Mechanics' Trustee Neil Falconer, himself a strong tournament player, holding a 1900+ rating up to age 85. Over the past 15 years, three recipients of this generous prize have gone on to earn the Grandmaster title and two more are currently International Masters.
The Mechanics' Institute Chess Club of San Francisco, the nation's oldest founded in 1854, is busier than ever. The current Tuesday Night Marathon, possibly the largest ongoing weeknight tournament (eight consecutive Tuesday nights five times a year) in the United States, has 116 entries. World top-ten Wesley So will give a free talk on Tuesday, February 10, from 5:15 to 6:15 pm.