chess prodigy[ edit ]

Chess prodigies are children who play chess so well that they are able to beat Masters and even Grandmasters, often at a very young age. Chess is one of the few sports where children can compete with adults on equal ground; it is thus one of the few skills in which true child prodigies exist. The chess world always looks with big expectations to these prodigies. Some of them have become World Champions, others have failed to make progress in their adulthood.

Recently, there has been a tendency for chess players to gain the International Grandmaster title earlier and earlier in their lives. One possible reason for this is that the number of grandmasters on the whole has increased. Another is that more young children compete in national and international chess tournaments.

In 2002, twelve-year-old Ukrainian Sergey Karjakin became the youngest Grandmaster ever. He is the latest of a long line of chess prodigies that have been awarded this title.

List of youngest grandmasters

This is a list of the ten youngest players to become Grandmasters. The age listed is the age on which they received their third and final Grandmaster norm. This is not equal to the age at which they officially became Grandmasters, because GM titles can only be awarded at FIDE congresses.
  1. Sergey Karjakin 12 years, 7 months, 0 days
  2. Magnus Carlsen 13 years, 3 months, 27 days
  3. Bu Xiangzhi 13 years, 10 months, 13 days
  4. Teimour Radjabov 14 years, 0 months, 14 days
  5. Ruslan Ponomariov 14 years, 0 months, 17 days
  6. Etienne Bacrot 14 years, 2 months, 0 days
  7. Péter Lékó 14 years, 4 months, 22 days
  8. Hikaru Nakamura 15 years, 2 months, 19 days
  9. Koneru Humpy 15 years, 4 months, 28 days
  10. Judit Polgar 15 years, 4 months, 28 days
  11. Bobby Fischer 15 years, 6 months, 1 day

List of chess prodigies

In alphabetical order:

See also: list of chess players, list of chess world championship matches.

Chess Quotient

Paul Muljadi devised a simple metric, CQ, to show the rate of improvement of a chess prodigy:

CQ = ELO/Age

where CQ is the Chess Quotient, ELO is the ELO rating, and Age is the age of a player. For example, when Karjakin became the youngest Grandmaster (ELO about 2500) ever, his CQ was about 199.


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