Representative Ruhl Honors National Chess Champion From Mount Vernon
May 12, 2016 - 11:07 AM
Representative Margaret Ann Ruhl is pictured with Vincent Baker and his family on the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives
(Photo provided by the Office of Rep. Ruhl)
COLUMBUS - State Representative Margaret Ann Ruhl invited
twelve-year-old Vincent Jingwei Baker, of Mount Vernon, the reigning
seventh-grade national chess champion, to the Statehouse to receive a
congratulatory resolution during House session yesterday.
In 2015, Vincent
competed in the National K-12 Grades Championship organized by the US
Chess Federation on December 4 through 6 of last year in Florida. A total of 1,730 chess
players from different states participated in this high level scholastic
chess tournament. Competing with 141 players in the seventh-grade
division, Vincent swept through the field to take first place.
the only one to attain a perfect score of 6/6 points through the first
and get a draw in the last round to to become the National Champion for
This has been a very successful year for Vincent who also won
first place in the Ohio Middle School (K-8) State Chess Championship in
Wilmington on April 23-24.
Vincent has earned the right to represent
Ohio at the National Barber Tournament this summer in Indianapolis. He
will compete for the title of Barber K–8 Champion playing against state
champions from other states.
Vincent has earned many accolades, including first place in
the state championship for Ohio Elementary K-6 Championship in 2014 and
2015 consecutively. He was also the sixth-grade state champion in 2014,
and fourth-grade state champ in 2012. He won first place in the rated
K-3 section in the 11th Annual Queen City Classic in 2012, the largest
chess event in the Midwest with 674 scholastic chess players coming from
Besides competing in scholastic chess tournaments,
Vincent also regularly competes in open tournaments with opponents of
Vincent comes from a chess-champion family. His older sister, Victoria has also won numerous chess-related accolades. Most recently, she was named a co-champion in the 2016 All Ohio Girls Chess Championship.
Vincent is the child of William and Jo Ann Baker.
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