Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Decatur Chess Phenom Profiled

The Decatur Herald & Review has profiled a downstate 6-year old who did well at the recent Illinois K-8 championships. He went undefeated in the 1st grade section, winning all 7 matches in the Game/30 competition. He'll move on to Nationals in Dallas.
 His father is quoted regarding his son's passion for chess.
"He doesn't play video games," said his father. "He plays chess. He does a little bit of piano. He does a little bit of tennis," and there is some soccer in the mix, as well. But Aydin's routine, and down time in the classroom, relies heavily on chess. School mornings involve a half hour of chess and chess problem-solving before catching the school bus.
It doesn't hurt that his pops is the top-ranked Correspondence chess player in the United States.

No word whether young Mr. Turgut will be joining us at the Mid-Month Sunday Challenge. You'll have to show up to find out.


  1. Thanks for your nice article about my son, Aydin Turgut.
    I would like to update you with the recent tournament results: Aydin played In K1 Nationals In Dallas, Texas On May 6-9 weekdn,scoring 7-0, and became National Champion!

    best regards,
    Tansel Turgut

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