Chess has been a significant part of my life ever since I started at the age of 7. Over the past decade, I have played in hundreds of tournaments at my local chess clubs, at the state and national level, and I’ve had the opportunity to represent Team USA at the North American and Pan American Youth Chess Championships, in Mexico and Uruguay, respectively. While I would definitely say that one of the proudest moments of my life was winning the gold medal for Team USA at the North American Youth Chess Championship my freshman year of high school, the sport has given me so many opportunities and taught me skills that are applicable both in school and in life. Chess has improved my calculation skills, taught me to think ahead in all different situations, and taught me how to deal with stressful situations and rebound from losses.
Below are some pictures and games from my chess journey–one I hope to continue for many years!