The Magic of Logic (3)

Are chess super-talents generally smarter than regular kids?

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.
This is a former junior World Chess Champion, Canadian Qiyu Zhao, and her parents, both professors, all working on Enders’ weighing problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In closing an image of Enders at six solving the weighing problems — with grapes!

Some months ago Enders said: “The day before yesterday I was six years old, and next year I will turn nine!” When was he born? You should give the exact day, month and year of his birth.



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The Friedel Chronicles

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