7-year-old chess prodigy takes national title

(WMC-TV) – A 7-year-old Mid-South boy is making a name for himself in the world of chess.

Logan Wu is a boy who loves soccer, reading, and jumping around on the furniture at home, but unlike most kids his age, he holds a U.S. championship title.

At the young age of seven, Wu is barely taller than his new national championship chess trophy. He earned it by beating out 16 other players at the U.S. Chess Federation in Nashville.

"We kept telling him that if you believe in yourself you can beat all these kids from all over the country," said Logan's mom, Helen Long.

Logan told Action News 5 that he loves playing the game because it makes him think.

He has been playing since he was 5 years old, and within the last year, he has played seriously in competitions.

In his very first competition, he tied for 10th place. His mother says he is an exceptionally focused kid.

"In terms of comfort level, he is not more nervous when he plays adults," she said they noticed his talents early on.

Logan was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the U.S. Chess Federation. He now has the chance to represent the United States in a world championship chess tournament.

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