Stories about child prodigies appear from time to time in different disciplines – mathematicians, musicians, artists. Developing a skill at an early age is a phenomenon which occurred with the youngest chess player winner of all time – Samuel Reshevsky.
Samuel was born in Poland in 1911. When he was 4 years old he learned to play chess, one of the most difficult and strategic games of all. He was so good at it that he even managed to beat several acclaimed chess masters in France when he was only 8 years old. In 1920 his parents moved to the US in order to make a living through the skill of their child prodigy in exhibitions. Samuel even attended the New York Masters tournament in 1922 which made him the youngest chess player to ever compete in such difficult tournament.
Samuel didn’t attend school in his early years and his parents ended up going to court for improper guardianship. However, Samuel completed his secondary education and graduated from the University of Chicago. Although he gave up competitive chess for seven years while completing his studies and never became a professional player, he still remains known in history as a strong and forceful opponent.