Six-year-old Fil-Am is the best chess player in the United States at his age


In the USCF rankings in September, young American prodigy Scott Matthew Escalera placed 22nd in the Under-7 group.

OAK PARK, Illinois – A six-year-old Filipino American chess player is now the highest-rated player at his age in the nation, according to the latest American Chess Federation (USCF).

In the September rankings, the young American prodigy Scott Matthew Escalera placed 22nd in the under-7 group.

But Escalera dominated at his age with ELO 1311 with a 62-point difference against closest competitor James Stewart of Connecticut with ELO 1249.

Scott won 96 trophies, 36 medals, several certificates and ribbons, as well as cash and checks during his 18 months playing chess. CONTRIBUTED

His proud father, Ren Vincent Escalera, from Cagayan de Oro City, attributed his son’s achievement to his cousin Jaime Joshua Frias II. The latter coached Scott through online chess programs by winning the Illinois K-8 State Chess in March 2019. Scott, he says, really enjoys the game and continues to play and learn moves. .

Scott was named the most active chess player in the Academic and Fiscal Year Leaders for Regular and Dual Rated Games in the state of Illinois, playing 231 games from June 2018 to May 2019. He is currently the champion. of State K1, the only child in kindergarten. to play Council 1 in his school and across the district.

Scott won 96 trophies, 36 medals, several certificates and ribbons, as well as cash and checks during his 18 months playing chess.

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