The world of competitive chess has been noticed most on the periphery of other eras or stories: the Cold War, the rise of the supermachines, the tax evasion fueled anti-Semitism of a former legend. But if Norway's reigning chess prodigy can become a world champion, we may find ourselves living in the age of Magnus Carlsen.
Playing against Ricky Rubio is harrowing and envy-inducing, as this former European pro can attest. But the point guard prodigy is playing against more than just his match-ups, and how he'll fare against that broader opposition is not quite clear yet.
No, Ricky Rubio is not "there" yet. But in his better moments, the Timberwolves rookie has shown a generosity, boldness and joy of performance that makes him able not only to change games, but exalt them.