Shreyas Royal, 12, hopes to become a grand master by the time he’s 14.

The Olympics are on! At least they seem to be, coronavirus willing. But one downside of the games, from Air Mail Pilot’s perspective, is that you pretty much have to be a teenager or older to compete. So here, instead of yet another profile of some ancient gymnast, is a story about a 12-year-old chess prodigy who could be good enough to win an Olympic medal. Except that the Olympics don’t include chess. But anyway …

His name is Shreyas Royal. He lives in London and has been playing chess since he was three. Earlier this month, at a tournament in Budapest, Hungary, he defeated an adult grand master, which is a big deal because, short of being a world champion, grand master is the highest title you can earn in chess—sort of like a black belt in martial arts, but even rarer because as of last September there were only 1,721 grand masters in the whole world.