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When will 4 year old Russian chess prodigy, Misha Osipov, reach master level?
Last September, the then-3 year old Russian chess whiz, Misha Osipov, played a televised game against former world champion, Anatoly Karpov. Although the toddler lost, he acquitted himself well, according to chess journalists.
Earlier this year, Misha took down chess Grandmaster, Yuri Averbakh, in a game. While Averbakh is 95, and commentators noted that he made several obvious blunders, the very fact that a 4 year old could even challenge him was pretty amazing.
This article by The Ringer puts Misha's accomplishments in context:
It is incredibly rare for a 3-year-old to even grasp the rules of chess, let alone play at a high level. Misha Osipov is not a grandmaster or even a master-level player, but he is still strong enough to beat many club-level adult players. His rating is high enough to place him among the top 20 of American players under the age of 7. None of those players is under the age of 5.
For more context, consider that the youngest ever person to achieve the chess master ranking was 9 year old David Yoo in 2016.
When, if ever, will Misha become a chess master?
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