Youngest Grandmaster Inspires Denver-Area Chess Students

12-year-old Yagiz Kaan Erdogmus from Turkey is set to become the world's youngest grandmaster. Photo: Angelika Valkova/GRENKE Chess.

Did you know that a 12-year-old just became the world’s youngest chess grandmaster? IM Yagiz Kaan Erdogmus’s incredible achievement is inspiring chess players of all ages, especially those here in the Denver area.

What Does This Mean for Colorado Chess Students?

Erdogmus’s story proves the amazing potential within young chess learners. With programs like those offered by Summit School of Chess, Denver-area students can also work towards incredible feats at the chessboard. Our specialized youth chess education covers everything from before/after school programs and online group lessons to summer camps, private lessons, and exciting chess events.

We know the impact chess can have on a child’s life, and stories like Erdogmus’s motivate us to provide the best possible instruction.

Erdogmus’s Path to Grandmaster

Erdogmus’s journey includes dedication, hard work, and top-level support. Here’s what contributed to his success:

  • Incredible tactical ability: Erdogmus excels at spotting combinations and tactical opportunities.
  • Understanding of dynamic positions: He has a strong feel for complex and fluid situations on the board.
  • A rigorous training program: Erdogmus works hard on all aspects of his game, including openings and endgames.
  • Support from top players: He is mentored by super-GM Mamedyarov and other Turkish chess stars.

The Growing Trend of Young Grandmasters’s research shows that grandmasters are getting younger! This is likely due to several factors, including:

  • Technological advancements: Online resources and training tools are more accessible than ever.
  • The “chess boom” of the pandemic: More people picking up the game leads to more young talent being discovered.

How Summit School of Chess Helps Denver Chess Students

Want to give your child the best chance of chess success? Summit School of Chess offers something for everyone, whether your child is a beginner or an aspiring grandmaster. Here’s what we offer in and around the Greater Denver Area:

We even teach adults, so you can learn alongside your child or reignite your own chess passion.

Inspired? Get Started with Summit School of Chess!

Let Erdogmus’s achievement fuel your child’s chess journey. Visit our website,, to learn more and find the right program for your child. Your future chess champion could be closer than you think!