The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine published another feature about the local chess prodigy FM Daniel Naroditsky (photo at right). The story profiles three young Bay Area "brainiacs" who have achieved national or international success at their respective fields: Danya is the World U12 Chess Champion, Leyan Lo won the national Rubik's Cube competition and Chester Santos holds the USA title for memorizing sequences of data, e.g. playing cards. Will one of these three become the next Steve Jobs or Jerry Yang? If you don't subscribe to the Chronicle, you can read the article online at this link.
In other news, Danya qualified for the round of 16 in the Mainz Chess Classic online Chess960 blitz tournament on the Internet Chess Club. He will face British GM Gawain Jones (aka VerdeNotte on ICC) in the knockout format. The winner probably faces GM Hikaru Nakamura (aka Smallville) in the quarterfinals. The action begins on Sunday at 12:00noon Pacific time. Type "follow Danya" to watch our local hero play!