An 18-year-old Kansas man who is the state's top-rated junior chess player is awaiting word on whether he will be awarded the game's highest honor for competitive players.
Wichita-area native Conrad Holt fulfilled requirements in March to become grandmaster-elect. Approval by the World Chest Federation in August would make him one of only a few U.S. chess players under 21 who have earned the title in the past decade.
The Wichita Eagle reports Conrad Holt is ranked Number 8 nationwide among junior chess players and will travel to Athens, Greece later this month to compete in his first World Junior Chess Championship. The federation ranks him 33rd among all active U.S. chess players.
The 2011 Andover High School graduate is studying physics at the University of Texas-Dallas.