If playing chess has become cooler, then 12 year-old David Floeder from St. Paul is king. Floeder used time as his friend and strategy at a U.S Chess Federation grade-level championship in Orlando, to beat out 95 junior-high aged players. The win earned him a spot in a global finals event in Dubai this summer.
Floeder is one of the new “plugged-in” generation of chess players, researching strategy online and logging his moves into a digital database. With the win in Orlando under his belt, he now has a rating of 1,860, a mere 340 points away from being called master.