A child can be a chess prodigy. These individuals are able to beat many adult chess players. A way to determine if a child really is a chess master is to examine the age at which they attained the level of chess grandmaster. There are many great chess players that have reached this status at a young age. The youngest person to achieve chess grandmaster status was Sergey Karjakan who received the title at the age of only 12 years old and 9 months. This was younger even than the famous Bobby Fisher who was 15 when he became a grandmaster. Sergey Karjakan is a Russian who learned to play chess at the age of 5 years old. He won gold in 2004 at the chess Olympiad and repeated the performance in 2013 as part of the Russian chess team at the World Team Chess Championship. In 2015 he won the world chess cup championship, beating the reigning champion in tiebreaks. He won the 2016 World Chess Championship in November 2016 and is known to play a strongly defensive game of chess.

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa

He is an Indian chess grandmaster who also became a chess master at the age of 12 years and 10 months, to be the second youngest person to ever become a chess grandmaster. He won the World Youth Chess Championship for boys under 8 years of age in 2013.

Bu Xiangzhi

Bu is a Chinese chess grandmaster who became grandmaster at the age of 13. He started to play the game when he was 6 years of age. He is currently ranked at number 27 in the world. By the time he was 8 years old he had already won the Qingdao Junior Chess Championship. He won medals in the Asian games in 2006 and 2009; and he beat the World University Chess Championship in Poland in 2012.

Samuel Sevian

Samuel Sevian became a chess grandmaster when he was 13 years old. He is the youngest ever American chess grandmaster. He became the youngest National Chess Master at 8 years of age, making history for the United States Chess Federation. At 16 years of age he won the American Continental Chess Championship and became the youngest person ever to do so.

Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen

He is another world chess champion and chess grandmaster. Like Samuel Sevian, Sven became a grandmaster at the age of 13 years. This Norwegian chess player became world chess champion in 2013 and is known for his aggressive style of play. He also often chooses different openings to throw his opponents off so that they do not know what to expect. He was ranked as number 1 in 2010 by the International Chess Federation.

These child chess prodigies can come from any country. What they share in common is that they have been introduced to the game at a very young age of either 5 or 6, and they have all attained grandmaster level while at a very young age.