Sunday, May 4

National Master Certificate

In a small ceremony on Saturday at the Mechanics' Institute, 10 year old Nicholas Nip received an official certificate from the US Chess Federation proclaiming him as a National Master. No doubt that many of us vividly recall the scene in the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer when coach Bruce Pandolfini pulled out copies of dozens of fake master certificates from his briefcase. No, this document was the Real Thing, signed by USCF officials! Chess Room director IM John Donaldson (photo on right) presented this prestigious award to San Francisco's and the nation's youngest master. Congratulations Nicholas!

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