30 January, 2011

I'm just a normal Teenager !

When I saw the headline "Chess Protegé : I'm just a normal teenager", I thought this was another story about the relatively 'normal' Anish Giri, or even more likely, a focus on Ray Robson, the teenage American who, at 15, had his biography published !

I knew it couldn't be about Magnus Carlsen, as he is no longer a teenager !

However, it was a very pleasant surprise to read about Hou Yifan, at 16, the most recent Women's World Champion.

You can never really tell with journalists, but here Hou Yifan comes across as a real person who has succeeded simply because she loves chess, and has worked hard to nurture her talent in it.