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Celebrating Black Excellence: An Interview With Brewington Hardaway
FM Brewington Hardaway. Photo: Courtesy of Hardaway Family.

Celebrating Black Excellence: An Interview With Brewington Hardaway

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This week's interview celebrating Black History month is with the young and talented FM Brewington Hardaway. The young African-American from the Bronx is yet to turn 14 but has already accomplished more than most chess players ever will. In the interview below, I talk with Hardaway about his life and career:

Check out some of the interview's highlights below:

On plateauing:

"I learned that you have to study more to keep improving. (...) I also realized I had to move slower because I was moving very quickly and making easy blunders."

On choosing what opening to play:

"It's a lot of things [that I consider]. Obviously, my opponent's rating—I don't want to play an equal game where I don't have many winning chances. But also, my mood is important, and my opponent's styles themselves."

On tournament mindset:

"You can never relax. I keep the same amount of energy and concentration during the tournament."

On African-American representation at the top level:

"I don't think about it during the games, but I certainly do think about how few African-Americans there are at the top level. So, I try to do my best to motivate more people like us to give it a try and hopefully succeed."


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