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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

14-year-old math, chess talent Luke Vellotti enrolls at UCLA

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hi everyone, 
Luke Vellotti, a chess international master and National Advanced Placement Scholar, is one of about 20 younger-than-usual students who have enrolled at UCLA over the past decade.

"I'm probably most excited to be at such a challenging school with such great professors in such a great city," said Vellotti, whose ambitions include becoming a doctor and earning the title of chess Grandmaster. "I know that at UCLA I'll be able to push myself harder than I've been able to in Boise." At 10, he completed an introductory engineering course at Boise State. In 2011 and 2012, he won both the Idaho math championship and the state’s science bowl competition. 

Watch this video and you can also read a nice report by Rebecca Kendall.

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