The Dark Side of Chess: Payoffs, Points and 12-Year-Old Grandmasters
When is a grandmaster’s title less than grand?
Credit…Misha Friedman for The New York Times
By Ivan Nechepurenko and Misha Friedman
KYIV, Ukraine — Sergei Karjakin had only one game of chess left, and he had to win it.
It should have been an easy task. The opponent was the lowest-ranked player in the tournament. Karjakin was one of the rising talents in chess, a poised and accomplished boy of 12 years 7 months who was, at that moment, one victory from becoming the game’s youngest grandmaster.
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