Just Another Prodigy?

There’s always a lot of fuss about kids who do well at chess early on, the media just loves this kind of thing. Personally I’ve never found it very interesting.

Chess for most of us is a personal, participation activity in which we try and do a bit better than last time, and even if we’ll never be the best it’s exciting and fun to play. Meanwhile many of the prodigies fail to live up to their early promise, chess is a long and winding journey in which we need to keep going and learn over a long period of time. It’s not whether you have talent but staying power that really matters.

Having said that, this kid Mikhail Osipov doesn’t seem bad for 3. I can’t fault his chess though with stardom coming he might want to sack whoever’s cutting his hear and get a more professional job done:

Nigel Davies


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: