How a Kid Got His Passion For Chess
My name is Ashton Yeager, I am 13 years old and I have a passion for the game of chess. I spend all my time during the day studying chess. Chess is my favorite thing to do, and believe it or not I used to dislike chess. Chess is truly my life and my passion now.
I love tournament play a lot, and when I played my first tournament I got so excited just to start my game. I have played against many strong players and occasionally beating them! I think that how I got a passion for the game of chess is very inspiring, so I decided to share it with other players!
How I Got Started
I didn't know much at all about chess. The most I had ever done with chess is learn the rules (sort of). I had very weird ideas about chess, for instance, I thought that the knights sat next to the king and queen and the bishops sat next to the rooks. So obviously when I did play chess this is how I was setting up the board!
When I was playing chess for the first time I was 9 years old. I was getting beaten every time I played, I never won a single game. So it wasn't long before I quit playing. I was really bad at the game and I didn't like it much.
Four years later I got back into it again. I was on my Christmas break for 2016 and my dad had bought me and my brother a chess set for Christmas, my dad thought I might like to try playing chess again. I told my dad no, I didn't like chess and I didn't want to play again. My brother did want to play though, and my dad told me that he thought we should learn together.
Despite not wanting to play chess I played, and the first game even though I lost I just had that strange voice inside of me saying "this game is really fun!". So I actually started to like chess a lot, although dad just kept beating me and beating me. I just kept on trying, until when I was done playing and told him "I'm horrible at this game and I quit, I'll never win!" My dad doesn't like it when I quit so he told me that I should keep trying. My dad told me not to quit and to watch youtube videos on chess strategy. So that is what I did.
The next day I spent all day in my room watching chess youtube videos. I wanted to be able to beat my dad as fast as possible so I googled "how to checkmate in 1 move". Obviously, I didn't find a way to do that but I did learn the fools mate and the scholar's mate. I watched videos on strategy, tactics, and checkmates, and that night when I played chess with my dad I beat him! Not only did I beat but I crushed him and I crushed game after game after game. He couldn't beat me once! All of a sudden I had a passion for chess!
I have kept this passion for 8 months and I have studied new things every day and all day. I have gone a long way since then, and am now beating experts sometimes too! Once when a tournament director asked my dad who my coach was he said: "He doesn't have a coach, he is my coach."
As for my brother, he didn't stay with it and never got that interested he is almost 10 now. Never once have I felt like quitting, because chess is my passion and my purpose in the world. I could never give this up!
I hope that my article can inspire other chess players and people in general to persevere. I hope that I was helpful in encouraging others to never quit, and to just go for it!
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