Actually, there is precedent: FM Danya Naroditsky won as a 5th grader and then tied for first last year too. This year, Danya sat out to prepare for the Young Stars of the World tournament near St. Petersburg, Russia (May 8-21).
Fellow chess blogger Dana Mackenzie asked the question and provided five choices. I added two more. Which is most likely?
- Yian Liou wins seven high school championships in a row.
- He doesn’t win seven in a row because he graduates early.
- He doesn’t win seven in a row because 2008 champion FM-elect Steven Zierk gets revenge next year.
- He doesn’t win seven in a row because, by the time he reaches high school, he is already too good to bother with scholastic chess.
- He doesn’t win seven in a row because by the time he gets to high-school age, there is some other sixth-grader who is even better than he is!
- (Fpawn) He doesn't win seven in a row because the three retirees FM Danya Naroditsky, NM Gregory Young or NM Nicholas Nip decide to lay down some smack.
- (Fpawn) He doesn't win seven in a row because completing a good education takes priority over chess.