CHELMSFORD -- The accolades keep coming for 11-year-old Carissa Yip.
By 2012, she was rated as the best 8-year-old girl chess player in the country. A year later, she became the youngest female expert since the United States Chess Federation began electronic record-keeping in 1991.
Now, the Andover resident, who started playing only about five years ago, just became the youngest female master in the U.S., beating the old mark by several months.
It's a feat Carissa got excited about, celebrating by going out to dinner and taking a dip in a hot tub. But she also has her eyes set on the next goal.
"It feels good," said the soft-spoken sixth-grader, who lived in Chelmsford before moving to Andover last year. "I'm really happy about breaking the record."
Carissa's accomplishments don't just place her near the top for her age. The chess federation rated her last month as the 50th best female chess player in country, and 36th among those born in the U.S.
The record for youngest female master stood for more than a decade until Annie Wang of California broke it last year. (Wang, now 12, will be playing in the U.S. Women's Championship in St. Louis later this month.)
Carissa ended Feburary with a national rating of 2,203, surpassing the 2,200 rating required for master. It put her among the best 1.5 percent of all U.S. Chess Federation members.
She crossed the barrier by defeating another master, with a rating of about 2,300, at the Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge.
Carissa, who turns 12 in September, plans to reach 2,300 herself later this year. She stays sharp by playing in several tournaments a month, including at the Wachusett Chess Club. Carissa, who attends Doherty Middle School in Andover, has also played in tournaments in Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates.
Her next goal is obtaining the title of international master, granted by the World Chess Federation. She could achieve that title by playing well in three tournaments, starting at the Philadelphia Open next month.
Grandmaster, the highest ranking, requires a series of top results plus a rating of 2,500 on the international scale. She doesn't yet have a timetable for reaching that level, but has plenty of time to get there.
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