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The Story of Karjakin - 05/19/2013

In this issue, I’d like to reveal  the REAL truth . Let’s use Sergey Karjakin as an example. I know him pretty well (initially we lived in neighbouring cities and often met at tournaments, etc.), so I can provide the true facts. Nowadays Karjakin is considered a “natural talent”, one who chess successes come easily to. Let me tell you how this story began, however. –> Karjakin’s parents hired all the good coaches they could find. –> He spent a lot of time on chess training, starting at a very young age. He’s the only person I know who studied the entire series of endgame encyclopaedias as a child! –> Sergey took part in all the top tournaments. His father always accompanied him (I even was thinking “When does this man find time for his own job?”). –> Karjakin didn’t really study in a school or university. He dedicated all his time to chess. –> He travelled around the world to train with good coaches. –> When he was school age, he moved to another town which offered better possibilities for chess development. –> Later he moved to another country to join the Russian team and meet even better coaches. –> Even his wife is a chess ‘player and I bet they met at a tournament  *********************** As you can see, his chess development required a lot of effort and sacrifice (from himself and from his parents as well). Remember this the next time you hear about “natural talent”  I know some of you will a...

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