Can you turn an ordinary child into a prodigy? For Susan Polgar, this hypothetical becomes reality as she is transformed into the world’s first female chess grand master. Susan was not born with her brilliant brain; it was created by a unique educational experience that dominated her childhood. With no history of brilliant chess players in her family, Susan spent her childhood diligently studying more than 100,000 chess patterns. Once considered a man’s game, Susan was winning chess matches against men more than three times her age at 10 years old. As an adult, she can now play as many as five games simultaneously, competing against opponents over the phone and without being able to view the board. She seems to recognize an opponent’s chess pattern almost as fast as she can recognize an old friend. How are people like Susan able to train their brains to remember staggering amounts of data?