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Nicholas Nip
Number of games in database: 10
Years covered: 2007 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2147
Highest rating achieved in database: 2150
Overall record: +5 -1 =4 (70.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-10-1998, 24 years old) United States of America

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Became the youngest USCF Master ever, a few days before his 10th birthday.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Nip vs E Schiller ½-½312007CalChess ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
2. M Aigner vs N Nip  0-1612007Carroll Capps MemorialC50 Giuoco Piano
3. N Nip vs E Schiller ½-½382007MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
4. E Schiller vs N Nip 0-1432007MatchA15 English
5. E Schiller vs N Nip 1-0332007MatchA04 Reti Opening
6. N Nip vs E Schiller 1-0272007MatchC41 Philidor Defense
7. N Nip vs E Schiller ½-½472007MatchC41 Philidor Defense
8. E Schiller vs N Nip 0-1282007MatchB12 Caro-Kann Defense
9. N Nip vs M C Askin 1-0332008TNM WinterC18 French, Winawer
10. N Nip vs Z Bayaraa ½-½522008United States Chess LeagueA07 King's Indian Attack
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Apr-21-08  Whitehat1963: 9 wins and 1 draw.
Apr-21-08  Whitehat1963: Beat the West Point kid.
Apr-21-08  Strongest Force: The kid stomped that military champ. :)
Apr-22-08  fromoort: Does anyone know if these games have been / will be uploaded here?
Apr-22-08  Riverbeast: The military champ, as far as I know, isn't even a master....FM Emory Tate used to be armed services champion, but for the most part they tend to be weak masters or experts

One year, I think the armed services champion was an 'A' player!

Apr-25-08  jon01: Here is a fun video of him playing a simultan against 10 players and afterwards giving an interview to the hosts.

Sep-29-08  Whitehat1963: He's just okay now, but how good will he be in three years? If he's a GM by then, look out, we may have another Karjakin/Radjabov/Carlsen. Don't hold your breath, but we'll see what happens. I'd like to see more of his games.
Jan-31-09  cruiseyleemorph: That Armed forces guy was only rated 1400 odd!!1 I checked the armed forces championships and that guy wasnt even in the top 10! He finished 19th 2 years ago and I cant see him in the 2008 tournament, shame they have to lie in these tv shows. LARRY R LARKINS won it 2 years ago and is rated 2100 ish,

Anyway I played Nicholas 3 years and a bit back, I think he was 7/8. I won but he fought well. Here it is.

Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: I have never played this person.
Mar-10-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday!!
Jun-11-09  MrMelad: This guy can be the revenge of all NN in history!! :)
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  theagenbiteofinwit: I can't wait to see what NM NN accomplishes when he's in his teens.
Apr-16-10  rapidcitychess: Absolutely nothing. I played him when he was six. He beat me, but he doesn't play any more.
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  Tabanus: <jon01: Here is a fun video of him playing a simultan against 10 players and afterwards giving an interview to the hosts.;

After that inferno, no wonder if he stops playing for a while.

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  Domdaniel: Sam Sevian beat his prodigy master record by ten days, or something. They're getting younger ...
Jul-25-11  poorpatzer: What happened to Nicholas?
Jul-26-11  dx9293: According to his MSA history, he hasn't played an event since December 2008, and that was the only tournament he played after achieving 2200 in March 2008.

Yet another kid who apparently stops playing once they get the "youngest ever" National Master title.

I remember Jordy Mont-Reynaud and Vinay Bhat, being roughly the same age as them and reading about them in Chess Life. At least Bhat continued playing and fulfilled some of his potential by earning the GM title.

Mar-01-16  dumbgai: Quit chess after making master.
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  perfidious: I knew someone who was roughly fifty, got to 2220 and called it a career--he was a 2100 player who happened to go on a heater for a little while.

If he had played me a bit more, he could have made 2300 with ease; for some reason I had a lot of trouble with him, though I was always the stronger player.

As for this youngster, who knows why he gave up play? If he had stage manager parents who lived vicariously through his every achievement, maybe he spit the bit. Could well be he turned towards schoolwork or something else.

Whatever the case, best of luck to Nicholas in life--there is far more out there than chess.

Mar-02-16  dumbgai: I see this happen with a lot of prodigies, not necessarily just in chess. There are plenty of kids that show talent in music (especially piano and violin) and win competitions, but then put their instruments down when they become teenagers and never touch them again. People's interests change, especially as they get old enough to make their own decisions instead of following their parents' wishes (which is the case with many prodigies).

My brother-in-law is a textbook case of a piano prodigy who lost interest in middle/high school.

Mar-10-18  norami: Today is the 20th birthday of Mr. Nip, the quickest chess burnout that I know of.
Jun-19-18  Whitehat1963: I wonder if he ever played Carissa Yip.
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  HeMateMe: The lil' nipper, we hardly knew ya.
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  GrahamClayton: Does anyone know what Nicholas is doing these days? Did he go to college, or did he get a job straight after leaving high school?
Sep-28-20  login:

In 2016 he was mentionied as 'Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory's' most improved sprinter.

On his twitter the background pic still hints at Nicholas being active (on a sports scholarship?) there.

And his former chess relations aren't hidden either

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