Eight is Enough

Andrew Chen smashes record for youngest Life Master

Andrew plays at home with the family.

Andrew Chen of San Jose CA attended his first bridge lesson in September 2018, when he was 6, at Silicon Valley Youth Bridge’s monthly pizza party. The following month, the party was held at a local sectional. Playing in his first real game, he and Brian Zhang, then 8, won the Newcomer Pairs. That day, Oct. 27, Andrew joined the ACBL.
Less than two years later, Andrew became the youngest Life Master ever. On May 27, just three days after turning 8, Andrew broke the record – set by Zach Garrison in 2012, shortly before Andrew was born – by more than a year.
“I am in awe,” said Debbie Rosenberg, SiVY founder, in a Bridge Winners post congratulating Andrew. “I was confident you could break this record if you wanted to, yet had no idea you were about to smash it by over a year. The secret ingredient I didn’t anticipate is how good at bridge you would get in such a short time.”
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