MOUNT VERNON — At their Monday meeting, Mayor Richard Mavis and city council members honored Vincent Jingwei Baker for his outstanding accomplishments in the field of chess.
The 15-year-old national chess master won the Ohio High School Chess Championship held in April. He will represent Ohio in the National Denker Tournament in Orlando, FL, in August where he will compete against other state champions. He previously won grade-level competitions for fourth (2012), sixth (2014), and middle school (2016).
In 2015, he won the national K-12 grade-level championship in Florida and was named seventh-grade national champion.
The U.S. Chess Foundation ranks Baker 363rd out of 64,508 overall (99.5 percentile) and 94th out of 50,444 (99.9 percentile) in the Junior category. In Ohio, he ranks ninth out of 1,564 (99.5 percentile).
In honor of his accomplishments in the field of chess, Mavis proclaimed Monday, July 22, 2019, as “Vincent Jingwei Baker Day” in the city.