Ok, he's not actually a grandmaster. But he's still a champion in my book...
Will participated in his first UIL competition - Ready Writing - as a third grader. He performed well, but he didn't enjoy the category; his motivation for participating had been simply to learn how the UIL process worked in preparation for the following year, when, as a fourth grader, he could compete in his dream category: Chess Puzzles.
|He started learning a few months before he turned five.|
|By six, he knew the game fairly well...|
|...and could beat me.|
|By seven he could hang with Tom.|
|And when he was eight he beat Tom for the first time.|
|At 10 he started playing "blindfolded".|
|Also at 10, he tried unsuccessfully to teach Tux.|