NM Scott Massey sent me the following information:
The U.S. is sending 24 of their finest young chess players to the World Youth Championship 2006 to take place in the former Soviet republic of Georgia from October 18-29. Among those selected for Boys U-14 is Victor Shen, 13, of Edison, New Jersey.
Victor achieved a 2200 master rating on July 16 at the Westfield Quads. He came close to the master rating two weeks earlier by scoring 3 1/2 out of 8 at the World Open in Philadelphia where he was paired with several international players. At the Westfield Quad, Victor played three N.J. masters. In the first round, Victor lost a close game to the then current N.J. state champion, Thomas Bartell. Victor then rebounded with wins over life masters Peter Radomskyj and Mark Kernighan to achieve a master rating at 13 years, 3 months and 7 days.
Although a number of players have reached master at a younger age, Victor's achievement puts him ahead of Bobby Fischer, who broke 2200 at age 14. But unlike Fischer, Victor is a well rounded young man. An eighth grader at John Adams Middle School, his favorite subject is English writing, he runs track and plays basketball, he plays the piano, and he studies Chinese. In his spare time, he occasionally gives chess lessons over the internet.
Victor learned to play chess at age 7. His father, Dong Ming, taught him through his early tournaments and by the age of nine Victor had made the U.S. Top 50 list for his age group. At that point, Kenilworth Chess Club regular and life master Scott Massey started to tutor him. Victor climbed up to third among 13-year-olds and made the All-American team three times.
Victor's nine-year-old brother, Arthur, is expected to make the All-American team for his first time with his 1600 rating. Arthur is currently 19th among nine-year-olds nationally.
Two years ago, Evan Ju of New Jersey represented the U.S. at the World Youth Championships and recently won the New Jersey title. Maybe Victor might follow in Evan's footsteps. But one thing is sure, New Jersey chess is being represented in a big way.