New York Teenager Stakes His Place Among the Elite

Two weeks ago, he took a week off from school to enter the Spice Spring Invitational at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. In a six-player field that included three grandmasters and two other international masters, Hess ran away with the tournament, clinching first by a full point and earning his second norm.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

It takes skill and dedication to become a grandmaster, but how much? Is it necessary to live and breathe chess?

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