The World Chess Championship is currently on between the current and five-time champ, 44yo Indian Viswanathan Anand and the world's top-ranked player and occasional model, Norway's 22yo prodigy Magnus Carlsen.
Carlsen, it is predicted by many, will finish his career the greatest player the game has ever known. He is described as the ''Mozart of chess'' for his prodigious childhood genius. The Norwegian was a grandmaster at 13, the youngest ever world No.1 at 19 and, this year, achieved the highest ever chess rating score (2,872), breaking the record held by Garry Kasparov (2,851).
There are prodigies in chess and backgammon, but apart from Stu Ungar, are there any young poker players that are considered to be brilliant minds? Or is poker not comparable because it is not a solved game? Probably doesn't help that you have to be 18 or 21 to legally play.
I look at Carlsen and compare him to musical prodigies, or a 12yo kid that's going to university. This kind of intelligence transcends chess, as I think was mentioned in the interview.
The Chess World Championship is on right now between the current world champion and 3rd youngest ever grandmaster (at 13 years, 4 months, 27 days), 25yo Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, and his challenger, the youngest ever grandmaster (at 12 years, 7 months, 0 days), 26yo Russian Sergey Karjakin.
World Chess Championship ended in 12 disappointing draws. In Game 12, Magnus offered an early draw when he was ahead and Caruana was in time trouble. It was a very disappointing end to the 12 games. Now they are playing tiebreakers - rapid, blitz and if needed, Armageddon!