‘More than a hobby’: Macon high school chess champ is competing around the world


Annie Shih, a sophomore student at Stratford Academy, competes in chess competitions around the world. Photo credit: Meg Oldham

It is hard to believe that Annie Shih, a sophomore at Stratford Academy, is only 15 years old when she speaks about her dedication and accomplishments as a chess player. That dedication has led her to compete in chess tournaments far beyond Macon.

She began playing at 7 years old when her father taught her and her brother, Danny, who is two years younger, the basics of the strategic game.

“We had a lot of fun together,” Annie said. “Little by little we were improving, then he looked for a coach, and in not a lot of time, we were playing in chess tournaments.”

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