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cairo 75 ( +1 | -1 )
Young Grandmasters Youngest grandmaster in history
No. - Player - Nat. - years - months - days - year

1 Sergey Karjakin UKR .................12 7 0 2002
2 Magnus Carlsen NOR ................13 3 27 2004
3 Bu Xiangzhi CHN .....................13 10 13 1999
4 Teimour Radjabov AZE .............14 0 14 2001
5 Ruslan Ponomaryov UKR ..........14 0 17 1997
6 Etienne Bacrot FRA .................14 2 0 1997
7 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA ....14 4 0 2005
8 Peter Leko HUN ......................14 4 22 1994
9 Yuri Kuzubov UKR ...................14 7 12 2004
10 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 14 10 0 2004
11 Hikaru Nakamura USA ............15 2 19 2003
12 Koneru Humpy IND ................15 4 28 2002
13 Judit Polgar HUN ...................15 4 28 1991
14 Alejandro Ramirez CRI ............15 5 14 2003
15 Bobby Fischer USA ................15 6 1 1958

more here: -> www.chessbase.com

Bw.
Cairo

schnarre 11 ( +1 | -1 )
Hmmnnnn..... I wonder if we should add Capablanca to that list (if I recall correctly, he defeated his father in an odds game at the age of 5)!?
cairo 22 ( +1 | -1 )
Even though he turn out to be World Champion later in life and possible one the greatest player ever lived, I doubt if he was of Grandmaster strenght in his age of 5!

Bw.
Cairo
fmgaijin 97 ( +1 | -1 )
Capa was clearly . . . . . . master strength by age 12 (when he won a match against Corzo, a master-level player) and probably reached GM strength sometime between then and the age of 20 when he was clearly SUPER-GM strength (crushing one of the top 10 players in the world, Marshall, 15-8 in a match and winning the year's strongest GM event).

With both Capa and Fischer and perhaps other "oldtimers" like Kasparov even, the "date" of GM is a little deceptive because they did not have opportunities to play in GM norm events earlier and then demonstrated GM skills on their FIRST TRY (!). That is, Fischer's first international event was the Interzonal, where he qualified for the Candidates Tournament as one of the top 10 players in the world and automatically became a GM, but he was clearly GM strength at 14 when he won the US Championship. Similarly, Capa won his international debut at San Sebastian ahead of Rubinstein, Nimzo, Schlecter, etc. These days, a young player usually gets many chances to play in norm events and can gain the titles more quickly as a result.