They’re getting younger and younger

And that’s scary. And, unlike Phiona Mutesi (rating 1640), a.k.a. The Queen of Katwe, he is genuinely talented. It would be nice, however, if he were noted more for that talent than for his former homelessness. But Kristoff does make a point:

“My challenge as a columnist is that readers often want to help extraordinary individuals like Tani whom I write about, but we need to support all children — including those who aren’t chess prodigies. That requires policy as well as philanthropy, so let me note: President Biden’s proposed investments in children, such as child tax credits and universal pre-K, would revolutionize opportunity for all struggling children.”

A soaring chess prodigy is a reminder: Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.

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