The claims that raised the question “Is Barron Trump a chess master?” emanated from an article published on a website called THE DAILY CHRONICLE:
“Everyone knows Barron Trump is the smartest President’s kid ever. Or should we call him First Son?Either way, Barron has been awarded the prestigious title of Chess Grandmaster this week from the International Board of Chess masters …This should be no surprise considering who his father is. Donald Trump is one of the highest-ranked and most celebrated American chess players of all time. In the 1970s and 80s, Donald Trump studied under the tutelage of players like Bobby Fischer. Eventually, he won hundreds of chess tournaments abroad before retiring at the ripe old age of 40.“
The website in question claims to report factual news, but their privacy disclaimer reveals that they also publish satirical content.
As a result of this, the story created a stir, with many people rushing to verify its accuracy or whether it was just a way to supposedly make fun of the Trump family.
This wasn’t the first time that the Trump family would have links to the chess world. It was once a widespread rumour that Donald Trump was a chess prodigy who studied under Robert James Fischer popularly known as Bobby Fischer.
The pushers of this rumour claimed that the supposed ‘chess talent’ of Donald Trump had largely been ignored by the mainstream media.
However, the claim that the media was biased against Donald Trump and that he was a chess master has been debunked by research and reports. The supposed links between Donald Trump and Bobby Fischer were found to be largely untrue.
In the same vein, Barron Trump is no chess master.
Going through the World Chess Federation’s database that contains all the names of the 1600+ chess grandmasters in the world, you will find that the name Barron Trump isn’t listed among grandmasters.
Another reason that shows why Barron Trump is not a chess master is that he was only 11 years old in 2017, the year when the supposed conferment of the grandmaster title happened.
This would have made him the youngest chess grandmaster ever, overtaking Abhimanyu Mishra who became a grandmaster at the age of 12. Such a feat would have required the International Chess Federation (FIDE) to approve it, which did not happen.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who is Barron Trump?
Barron Trump is the 17-year old son of Donald and Melania Trump. Although rarely seen on camera, Barron is not your average 17 year old, his height is astonishing for a kid his age.
He also made history by being the first boy to live in the White House since JFK Jr. The three other presidents before Donald Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton all had girls. Barron is also fluent in Slovenian.
Is Barron Trump A Chess Grandmaster?
No. He might be a smart kid who has had many firsts, but he is certainly not a grandmaster or even a master at all.