The game was televised and the remarkable footage is available to watch on YouTube, making the youngster Russia’s best-known player after Sergey Karjakin.
Long ago José Capablanca learned chess at four while Samuel Reshevsky was said to be six when he gave exhibitions, although his parents may have understated his age. Now, next to Karjakin, Russia’s best-known active chess player is Mikhail Osipov. At three, he played a televised game with Karpov. At four last month, he played Yuri Averbakh, 95, the world’s oldest GM, who blundered a rook due to his now poor eyesight. Proof that true chess talent can surface much younger than generally thought, or just a gimmick? Judge for yourself from this YouTube video.