By Lyndsey O’Sullivan and Andrew TarnopolskyAssociated Press – DALLAS (AP) A young chess grandmasters who has spent his childhood playing online video games has become the youngest person ever to be born in the U.S. to play a game of online video chess.
Laser chess, a strategy game that relies on laser beams, was invented in the 1980s by the Russian computer scientist Yuri Shapovalov and a computer programmer.
It has since become popular among young adults in the United States.
The 21-year-old from Texas, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was born Friday to a family of five in the Dallas suburb of Garland.
The family, including his father, has said he would like to play online more.
The game has become popular with teenagers and has been played for years by some 20 million players worldwide, with millions of dollars being raised to develop the game.
The family is using the $1 million prize to help raise money for laser chess for its members.
The prize is the same as the $3 million prize the World Chess Federation has given to the winner of the most recent World Championship of Online Chess, which was held in April in Moscow.
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