Idaho Chess Master & State Champion Breaks World Record
Fide Chess Master David Lucky Breaks World Record in Consecutive Winning Classical Tournament Chess Games. Previous World Record held by Wilhelm Steinitz was at 25 consecutive games, and is now at 36 wins in a row, held by David Lucky.
Fide Chess Master David Lucky has set a new world record, with a consecutive tournament game winning streak of 36 classical wins, no draws, and no losses. FM David Lucky's winning streak started in August of 2013, when he won first place at the Southern Nevada State Qualifying tournament, by winning his last 2 rounds. After that, he won the right to a playoff match against the Northern Nevada State champion. Lucky won both games of that 2 game playoff match, along with the title of Nevada State Champion, for the third straight year. That started a consecutive game winning streak of 4 games. The next year he moved to Idaho, and in December he played in the 2014 Western Idaho Open Championship. He won all 5 rounds of that tournament, increasing his consecutive game winning streak to 9 games in a row. In February, he played in the 2015 Idaho State Closed Championship, and going 6-0 in that tournament. There he secured the title of Idaho State Champion, and increased his winning streak to 15 wins in a row. In June of 2015, he played in the Idaho Open tournament, winning all 5 rounds, and increasing his consecutive winning streak to 20 wins in a row. In February of 2016, he played in the 2016 Idaho State Closed Championship, and again won all 6 rounds. There he secured his title of Idaho State Champion for the second year in a row, and increased his winning streak to 26 consecutive wins, without a draw, or a loss. In June, he played in the 2016 Idaho Open Championship, again winning all five games, with a score of 5-0. His consecutive winning streak had now extended to 31 games in a row. In December, FM Lucky had played in the 2016 Western Idaho Championship, and again had won all five games by a score of 5-0.
FM Lucky's complete tournament results are listed on the US Chess Federation website and can be viewed here.
Many Idaho chess players are very happy that a 134-year-old record, which started in Vienna, Austria, in 1882, has finally made its way to Boise, Idaho, in the year 2016.