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Luke Harmon-Vellotti is used to being the youngest person in the room.


The 14-year-old mastered his times tables before he could see over the kitchen counter and was beating his dad in chess by the time he was 9 and a three-time national champion.

"UCLA students revive Chess Club, hope to recruit more members"

Black-and-white checkered boards cover the tables in John Wooden Center’s games lounge as the UCLA Chess Club gathers to practice and strategize.

"What Makes You So Smart, Teenage International Chess Master?"

Luke Vellotti is going to rule the world.

"14-year-old Boise chess phenom headed for UCLA"

The invitation Luke Harmon-Vellotti had been waiting years for finally arrived this spring; a place in the 10-person U.S. Junior Chess Championship Tournament.

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UCLA Chess Club

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- Luke Vellotti

After securing a win that beat out USC and Stanford.

I spent a long time considering 14. Nd5. Brian Wall calls this a 'Vellotti moment', when I start calculating a series of advantageous moves.

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UCLA Chess Team

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