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Young Prodigies You Should Know About

It is easy to pass amazing feats of accomplishments as flukes or someone as being naturally gifted when a young individual performs it. Although some may possess talent at a given activity, some kids have been practicing since the shocking age of two to get to where they are. For example, on June 30th, 2021, Abhimanyu Mishra became the world’s youngest grandmaster in chess at the age of 12 years 4 months and 25 days, after winning the Vezerkepzo GM Mix event in Budapest, Hungary. Abhimanyu started playing chess when he was 2 years and 8 months old, but he started entering tournaments at the age of 5. In an interview, his father stated that he introduced him to the game because “We [his parents] preferred him spending time on this game, rather than working on his phone or Ipad because at the time, I saw many kids who were addicted to that.” Although not everyone is guaranteed to become a chess champion by practicing since the age of two, let alone understand the fundamentals of the game, through hard work and perseverance, Abhi has made history in the chess community!

The youth has also taken the international community by storm during the 2020 Olympics. Quan Hongchan, a fourteen-year-old Chinese girl, is the second youngest Chinese diver to win a gold medal since Fu Minxiga who won a gold medal at the age of 13 in 1992. The young Olympian started practicing diving to raise money to support her mother who suffers from an illness that requires year-round. While competing in the Olympic diving division, Quan scored two full sets of 10s in the Olympics and one set with all 10s except one 9.5 which, since the rules eliminate the two highest and lowest scores, leaves her with 3 perfect scores. With the young prodigy being only four months into the minimum age requirement for Olympic diving, it is unlikely another individual around her age will beat her record-breaking overall score of 466.20. 

Even within the gaming community, we see young competitors taking over the top of the leaderboards. Take the Smash Ultimate gaming community, for example, Sparg0— a 15-year-old upcoming smash player— caused a great upset when he 3-0 MkLeo, the best Smash Ultimate player in the world, in the Frostbite 2020 tournament. This means that in a first to 3, the young Smash player didn’t lose a single game against the number one player in the world since the game came out. Although some people may think, “I could never beat MkLeo or a grandmaster no matter how much I tried,” the reality is that these young kids have shown you that it is possible. Take the 23-year-old YouTuber, Ryan Trahan, who utilized his following to raise almost 14 million meals for feeding America. Although not everyone has amassed as big of a following as him, even small Tiktoks accounts can promote culture and traditions. Regardless of your situation, resources, and age, you can accomplish a lot more than you think you are capable of!


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Sources:

https://www.chess.com/news/view/abhimanyu-mishra-youngest-grandmaster-in-chess-history

https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/other-sports/story/abhimanyu-mishra-youngest-chess-grandmaster-sergey-karjakin-usa-indian-origin-1821383-2021-06-30 

https://www.scmp.com/sport/china/article/3144078/tokyo-olympics-australian-websites-weird-offensive-coverage-teen-diver

https://www.npr.org/sections/tokyo-olympics-live-updates/2021/08/05/1025065060/14-year-old-diver-quan-hongchan-perfect-10s-gold-medal-tokyo-olympics

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