8-year-old chess champion from Iowa prepares for world tournament

A child prodigy from Ames is making a name for herself nationally in the game of chess Her name is Irene Fei and she is ranked as the best female chess player of her age group in the USHer hopes to be the best in the world and she hasn’t played that long. “Almost two years, like a year and a half,” Irene Fei said. Irene’s parents were approached by one of her teachers about her chess skills. She now devotes two hours a day to the practice and her parents support her passion. “We are very proud of her. And we can see how hard she works every day,” her mother Yan Jiao said. “It’s actually something that really amazes us because it’s not easy,” added his father. Zhej Fei. She has won many tournament titles equivalent to medals and trophies as important as her. Irene says the love of the game keeps her coming back. “I like tactics and my favorite piece is the knight. Maybe my strategy is to take advantage of it sometimes to gain more space,” added Irene Fei. Irene is now training for the international. chess tournament in Florida in June. She hopes to become the best female chess player in the world. On Saturday, a workshop and tournament at Valley High School will help raise funds to help him make it happen. The workshops take place from 9 a.m. to noon and are free. Tournaments start at 12:30 p.m., registration for one is $20, or you can register for both for $30. All proceeds will go to support Irene. More by Lauren Johnson:

A child prodigy from Ames is making a name for herself nationwide in the game of chess.

Her name is Irene Fei and she is ranked as the best chess player of her age group in the United States.

Her hope is to be the best in the world and she hasn’t been playing for that long.

“Almost two years, like a year and a half,” Irene Fei said.

Irene’s parents were approached by one of her teachers about her chess playing skills.

She now devotes two hours a day to the practice and her parents support her passion.

“We are very proud of her. And we can see how hard she works every day,” her mother Yan Jiao said.

“It’s actually something that really amazes us because it’s not easy,” added his father Zhej Fei.

She has won many tournament titles equivalent to medals and trophies as important as her. Irene says the love of the game keeps her coming back.

“I like tactics and my favorite piece is the knight. Maybe sometimes my strategy is to take advantage of that to gain more space,” added Irene Fei.

Irene is now training for the International Chess Tournament in Florida in June.

She hopes to become the best chess player in the world.

On Saturday, a workshop and tournament at Valley High School will raise funds to help him get there.

The workshops are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and are free. Tournaments start at 12:30 p.m., registration for one is $20, or you can register for both for $30.

All proceeds will go to support Irene.

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