Joseph Wan is not like other kids his age. In fact, he's not like any other people of any age in the Capital City. He's an 11 year old 6th grader at Lux Middle School and he just happens to be the youngest player ever to win the Lincoln City Chess Championship.
Joseph was just 6 years old when he became enthralled with the game of chess, "I like to think about stuff and this makes me think a lot."
This young strategy junkie often takes 10 to 20 minutes to plot his next move, "Yeah, because it might require some thinking about the enemy side making moves after that."
Five years ago, Joseph's dad bought him a book. It was entitled "How to Beat Your Dad at Chess." Well, let's just say Joseph took the title to heart. Not only did he beat his dad at chess, he beat a lot of the best players in Lincoln and became the Lincoln Chess Champion. Joseph exclaims, "It's good. Because people know that you're the best player. They'll be like sometimes afraid to play you."
Three years ago, Joseph traveled to Dallas, Texas and won the third grade national championship.
Joseph now has 2 coaches that will hopefully guide him to a championship at the Iowa Open next weekend.
Joseph is currently rated at 1,900 points. Someday he'd like to get to 2,500 points and become a grand master and world champion.