Congratulations are in order for Joaquin Perkins who won a perfect 7/7 games at the FIDE North American Youth Chess Championship in Mexico City, Mexico. I was not surprised by Joaquin’s performance as I know him to be one of the brightest chess talents in California and even the United States. However, winning the gold medal at the NAYCC is an awesome accomplishment and the greatest showing in his young career. For his accomplishment, FIDE has awarded Joaquin Perkins with the Title of Candidate Master. To my knowledge, he is the only 8-year-old sporting a FIDE title in the United States.
Below is a wonderful example of Joaquin Perkins’ chess skill from the 2012 North American Youth Chess Championship: