The Magic of Logic (3)

Are chess super-talents generally smarter than regular kids?

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Gukesh, in January 2019 in Chennai, India, being honoured for having received the full Chess Grandmaster title a day earlier. He became the second-youngest grandmaster in chess history.
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This is a former junior World Chess Champion, Canadian Qiyu Zhao, and her parents, both professors, all working on Enders’ weighing problem.
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This is Savitha giving Enders’ problem to a talented young German chess player, Cecilia, sister of Vincent Keymer, the greatest chess talent we have in Germany.
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German pre-teen chess talent, Nikolai Nietche. On the left, also participating, is super-talent Alireza Firouzja who won the Iranian Championship at age 12 and earned the grandmaster title at the age of 14. He is currently the highest ranked Iranian player — another future contender for the World Championship.
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This is Laila, a nine-year-old super-smart non-chess kid in Bangalore. She followed me around at a festive dinner, pestering me for “more puzzles” — with which she could confound her school-teacher aunt.
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Two young kids, Max and Anne, nine and eleven, close relatives of mine in Bavaria, working on the problem. Max was one of the fastest solvers I have encountered.
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In closing an image of Enders at six solving the weighing problems — with grapes!

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Frederic Alois Friedel, born in 1945, science journalist, co-founder of ChessBase, studied Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Hamburg and Oxford.

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