Costa Rica Chess – ‘Grand Master’ at Grand Old Age of 15
After seeing the movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer” when Alejandro Ramirez was 4 years old, he asked his father to teach him how to play chess.
He learned his very first chess moves from his father and although Alejandro has never had a ‘formal’ chess teacher, with his own independent studies of the theory and tactics behind chess, Alejandro Ramirez, a Costa Rican is now one of the world’s best chess players.
Alejandro Ramirez – Photo’ courtesy of ourfriends at La Nacion
At the grand old age of 13, Alejandro became an ‘International Master’ and at age 15 completed the requirements for the ‘Grand Master title’ to become the the first Grand Master ever in Central America, the youngest in America and the second youngest in the world.
Thanks to Alejandro’s success, chess is becoming more popular in Costa Rica and the number of players has increased.
Chess will be his profession and he is now studying chess for 6 – 8 hours every day. Alejandro also has a talent for languages and speaks Spanish and English and he is also learning French and German and studying Computer Programming.
Andrew Makarik is the main editor of WeLoveCostaRica, a fan of this sunny country. He is also a loving husband and a has a lovely daughter. By being a devoted family man and the biggest Costa Rica fan, he wants to make more people feel at home there. WeLoveCostaRica unites people and helps them find new home or a new travel destination. This website is a friendly community where everyone can find not only information, but also new friends and travel pals.
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