Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Youngest Grand Master

Sergey Karyakin (pronounced Karjakin) was born in Kramatorsk on January 12, 1990. On August 20, 2002, at the international tournament in Sudak, he shocked the chess world by fulfilling his third and final GM norm, making him the youngest grandmaster in chess history, at the age of 12 years and 7 months (a record that still stands).

Karyakin's other interests included acrobatics. On being asked more about this, Karyakin said that he "liked walking on his hands".

On his chess training, It has been said that his father was very strict if he didn't train properly Karyakin said "He would punish me with physical exercises such as push-ups and sit-ups". He now trains for six hours a day, with three hours spent at the computer and another three spent with his coach (GM Borovikov). When asked does he go to school? "Only sometimes", confesses the young grandmaster from Kramatorsk in the Ukraine He travels to tournaments with his coach but not his parents.

Ponomariov Ruslan (UKR) is the worlds second youngest GM who is playing in the Candidates Matches in Elista and is doing quite well.

Both Kamsky and Leko are leading in round three at Elista, Russia.
Kamsky Gata (USA) 2.5
Leko Peter (HUN) 2.5

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