Carmel Valley student achieves National Chess Master status

The U.S. Chess Federation recently named Canyon Crest Academy senior Venkat S. Iyer a “U.S. National Master.”

Venkat, a Torrey Hills resident, is in the 99.6th percentile of all chess players under 18 and the 98.6th percentile of all registered chess players in the United States. He is also ranked in the top 15 among 17-year-olds. Venkat started playing chess for fun at age 4 and competitively at 7. He has continued to show tremendous enthusiasm and passion for the game, sacrificing many weekends and holidays to pursue this endeavor. He has won many prizes in various city, state, regional and national tournaments.

Cyrus Lakdawala, an International Master based in the San Diego, is his coach.

Venkat continues to play in the weekly tournaments at the San Diego Chess Club at Balboa Park and in other regional tournaments. He is excited about the opportunity to play at the prestigious Marshall Chess Club when he goes to New York University this fall.