Thursday 13 May 2021

The next American World Champion?

 A number of years ago I read about a curious sequence of American Chess World Champions. The claim  concerned Morphy, Capablanca and Fischer (with Capablanca being rebadged as an American for the purpose of the claim!). Each was born soon after the passing of the previous player, as though their chess talent was being passed along like the Dalai Lama. 

If this claim is accurate (and I am definitely not saying it is) the the next American World Champion was born soon after the passing of Bobby Fischer in 2008. Doing a little research is seems that the most likely candidate (at least at this stage) is IM Abhimanyu Mishra, who has just turned 12, and is currently aiming to become the youngest GM in history. 

Here is a quick win over GM Vladimir Belous, and while it isn't quite "Game of the Century" stuff, it still shows how dangerous he is.

Mishra,Abhimanyu - Belous,Vladimir [A58]
CCSA Spring GM, 2021

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