Congratulations to Berkeley Chess School alumni:


FM Josiah Stearman, who has made FIDE Master at age 12 and


 GM Sam Shankland who is now #58 in the world at age 25.



Most of Josiah’s qualifying FIDE games were played locally either at Berkeley Chess Schools Friday night marathon or at the Mechanics  Institute’s Tuesday night marathon.

Both alumni met up again this summer when Josiah attended Sam’s seminars at Berkeley Chess School.