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Falconer Award Event with GM Christopher Woojin Yoo
Join us in celebration of Christopher Woojin Yoo being given this prestigious award

Mechanics' Institute is proud to award Grandmaster Christopher Woojin Yoo the prestigious 2024 Falconer Award in the Chess Room on Tuesday, February 27 at 6:00 pm, before the February FIDE Blitz at 7:00 pm.

In 1999, Neil Falconer, by then longtime Mechanics' Institute Trustee, established the Falconer Award at the Institute which awards a cash prize to the highest-rated junior player under Age 18 in Northern California. This year's Falconer Award is presented to Grandmaster Christopher Woojin Yoo, a 17-year-old American Grandmaster from Northern California. Christopher was the highest-rated player under 18 by his December 2023 rating, with a rating of 2690.

Yoo made waves as the youngest International Master in American history in February 2019, before being surpassed by Abhimanyu Mishra. In 2019, he won Gold in the 4th Youth Chess Composing Challenge (open to composers age 22 and under) and Bronze in the 7th FIDE World Cup in Composing, making him the youngest, at age 12, to ever medal in the event. Yoo tied for first place at the 2021 Charlotte Open, won the US Junior Chess Championship, defeated GM Wesley So at the 2022 US Chess Championship, and tied for first place at the 2022 US Masters with a rating of 2653 then claiming the 2022 US Masters title after winning a blitz playoff. Yoo was named Young Chess Player of the Year in 2023 by US Chess. He finished 2nd in the 2022 American Continental Championship qualifying him for the 2023 FIDE World Cup.

Photos and/or video may be taken at this event.

This event will be held in person.

Activities

Admission: 
Open For All
Location: 
4th Floor Chess Room
Questions?
Alyssa Stone - 415-857-6727

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