Chess Champ

Chess Champ


IN ONE OF THE COUNTRIES’ MOST ELITE CHESS CHAMPIONS. THE INVITE ONLY TOURNAMENT IS HANG NEXT MONTH IN ST. LOUIS. JULISSA HAS MORE. Reporter: THE STUFF SHE ALREADY HAS WON — I HAVE WHO GET MY GLASSES OUT TO READ THIS. IN 2016, SHE WON THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE WORLD CADET CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP FOR UNDER 10 GIRLS. IN 2017, SHE TOOK FIRST PLACE IN THE NATIONAL GIRLS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS AND THEN IN 2019, EARLIER THIS YEAR, SHE BROKE THE RECORD FOR THE YOUNGEST EVER PLAYER TO REPRESENT THE U.S. OF A IN AN OLYMPIAD OR WORLD TEAM AND THEN SHE CELEBRATED HER 13th BIRTHDAY, BY THE WAY! HA HA! GOOD MORNING. YOU’RE TAKING THIS GAME BY STORM. THIS IS NOT AN EASY GAME TO PLAY. MY HUSBAND TRIES TO TEACH ME BUT WE HAVE NO LUCK WITH THAT. YOU HAVE BEEN PLAYING SINCE YOU WERE 6. WAS IT THE ONLY GAME AROUND OR WHAT LED TO YOU THIS GAME OF CHESS? MY BROTHER AND DAD WERE PLAYING TOGETHER. AND I WAS JUST WATCHING THEM AND SLOWLY I JUST CAUGHT ON. Reporter: SO HOW OLD IS YOUR BROTHER? 16. WHO IS BETTER RIGHT NOW? ME. HA HA! DOES HE TRY TO BEAT YOU YEAH. SO WHAT MAKES YOU SO GOOD? I PRACTICE A LOT. DO YOU PLAY A LOT OF GAMES EVERY DAY OR WHAT WOULD YOU DO THROUGHOUT THE DAY? WHEN IT COMES TO CHESS? I STUDY OLD GAMES AND DO SOME PUZZLES. SO YOU HAVE THIS BIG EVENT COMING UP, INVITE ONLY. WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN THEY SAID HEY, CAN YOU PLAY IN THIS TOURNAMENT? HE PLAYED LAST YEAR TOO. SO IT WAS LIKE OLD HAT. YEAH. OKAY. WHAT ARE ONE OR TWO THINGS THAT IS AS A NEW PLAYER I SHOULD REMEMBER, WHEN PLAYING OR STARTING THE GAME? THAT KINGS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT. JUST LIKE REAL LIFE. THE QUEEN GOES IN ALL DIRECTIONS. DO WE START WITH THE SAME MOVE? NO. WE CHANGE IT UP. YES. Y’ALL WANT TO HELP ME? LET’S PLAY. ARE YOU WORRIED? NO. YOU GO FIRST. OKAY. WHITE GOES FIRST. OKAY. I KNEW THAT. I AM JUST GOING TO GO. JUST ONE. JUST ONE. IT’S A PAWN YOU CAN MOVE FORWARD — ONE, OKAY. ALL RIGHT. DO I GET TO PRESS THIS LITTLE BUTTON? YES. OKAY. HA HA! SHOULD I MOVE ANOTHER PAWN? [ CONSTANT LAUGHTER ] MOVE ANOTHER PAWN. SORRY. I FORGOT THE BUTTON. YEAH. OKAY. I THINK YOU LEFT YOUR QUEEN EXPOSED. OKAY. HA HA! SORRY. HOW LONG IS THE GAME USUALLY TAKING? OH. IT DEPENDS. NOT LONG. THE QUEEN MOVES DIAGONALLY. TEAM WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE ME AT THIS POINT? I DON’T KNOW. ASK ME WHAT I WOULD DO. WALK AWAY. HA HA! THAT’S GOOD ADVICE. JULISSA WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS GO, LOOK AT THAT OVER THERE! AND SHIFT ALL THE PIECES. YOU ARE SO AWESOME. ALL RIGHT. WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLAYING CHESS, WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO? UM, I LIKE TO PRACTICE GYMNASTICS. OH, NICE. ALL RIGHT. WELL, I HAVE A FEELING YOU’RE PRETTY GOOD AT THAT, TOO. WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR YOU. WHEN DO YOU HEAD OUT TO THE TOURNAMENT? SOMEWHERE IN JULY. YOU LET MOM AND DAD TAKE CARE OF THE DETAILS. BEST WISHES WE CAN’T SEE HOW DO YOU AND MAYBE YOU CAN COME BACK AFTER THE TOURNAMENT IS DONE. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. THANK YOU. BACK TO YOU. SHE IS A RENAISSANCE WOMAN. ALL RIGHT. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGURE OUT THIS CHESS GAME DURING A COMMERCIAL BREAK. IT’S SIMPLE: WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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