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MACA Chess Horizons Magazine Article
 Club Spotlight - Wunderkind Yip Sweeps Wachusett Championship
 George Mirijanian
  August 2014
Carissa Yip, the 10-year-old female phenom from Andover, formerly of Chelmsford, set two club records in the first half of 2014. Not only she did become the first female to win the club championship in its 55-year-history but she was also the youngest ever to do so (She turns 11 on September 10). Playing in an 8-player round-robin championship from May 7 to June 18, Carissa posted a perfect score of 7-0. Capturing second place with a score of 5-2 was two-time club champion Bruce Felton of Fitchburg. Taking third place with a tally of 4.5-2.5 was 1967 club champion Paul Godin of Bedford. As a result of her performance, Carissa raised her rating to 2174 and was the second player ever to post a perfect score in the club championship, the first being Trevor Bierig of Boston in 2012,  although he scored 6-0 and had one game unplayed. Carissa also set a winning-streak record of 21 games in club play.
The Wachusett CC "B" Division Championship, also known as the Consolation Finals, held concurrently with the club championship, drew 27 players. Roger Cappallo of Groton won the event, scoring 6-0 without having ot play his final-round game. Kenneth Gurge of Leominster finished in second place with a 5.5-1.5 result and won the top U1800 prize. Winning the top U1600 prize with a 3-4 tally was Laurence O'Rourke of Acton. Also scoring 3-4 and capturing the top U1400 prize was Wayne Steadman of Lunenburg. 
Prior to winning the club championship, Carissa Yip posted a perfect score of 5-0 to win the Evert Siiskonen Memorial, held April 2 to April 30. Tying for 2nd-3rd place in a field of 38 players were Michael Manisy of Otter River and Joseph Bennett of Hubbardstorn. Both tallied 4-1. The tournament honored the memory of two-time (1963 and 1966) club champion Evert Siiskonen of Fitchburg, who passed away in Finland in March 1993 at age 78.
George Mirijanian 1960
Carissa Yip 2158
WCC Club Championship (4)
Sicilian, Alapin [B22]

The Wachusett Chess Club meets Wednesdays in Fitchburg.