Chess King

Chess King


(slow Spanish guitar music) – [Johnathan] Right
when I started to play I just loved it right away. I don’t know what
it was but, it like, it made me feel something
that I’d never felt before. (slow Spanish guitar music) – [Girl] This one is like
the extra one because– – Guys, can you pay
attention real quick. So, I’m gonna do a quick lecture
on how all the pieces move, just so everybody here
knows how they all move. So, the pawn can move
either one space forward or two spaces forward. Pawns can never go backwards
and they can never go sideways. – [Girl] Wait, you
can’t play my– – You want to play her? Okay. I like teaching, it’s really fun and it’s really
rewarding for me. ‘Cause you kind of have to like, be able to put your
thoughts into words. And sometimes it’s hard because you know it but you
can’t really say it. – I beat you in this game. – I know, you’re too good. I was eight, my mom
taught me how to play. After a few weeks, I
started to beat her. So, she found a website
called chesskid.com. I stayed up all night
playing on that website and that’s how I knew
I was hooked on chess. (slow Spanish guitar music) This one is definitely
the most important. This is the State tournament. – In a clear first
place, Jonathan Martinez. (claps and cheers) The first rating that you
start out with is Unrated. Then after you play a
tournament you are hundred. And then it goes up from there. And I’m an Expert,
Master is above Expert. And then FIDE Master
is above Master. And then International
Master and then Grand Master. Grand Master is, I don’t even
know, they’re just so smart. And, like they, I just, I don’t even know how you
could become a Grand Master. It seems so far away
from where I am now. Can you click on the bell? – No. – Gotta click it one more time. Yeah, click that one. – Oh, there. He, he analyzes my games. You know, sees where I went
wrong, or right, you know. And so that’s what we’re
doing basically, yeah. – Well, we met at
the Amateur West. I was a tournament
director there, which means, I didn’t play
but I helped solve disputes, do award ceremonies,
all that stuff. And he was playing and
we had a mutual friend. I guess he liked my teaching
style ever since that, so. My question is, why didn’t
you play a knight here. – That’s a good question, yeah. But what am I gonna do if
he brings the pawn there? – Like you’re kinda
cramped, right? – Yeah, yeah. – Yeah. – I know– – So, like, when you’re cramped,
what do you do normally? To be, like, you
know, free yourself. I think that chess can
bring people together, from all different
backgrounds, all ages. Our relationship is just, like,
a perfect example of that. I’ve met a lot of
people through chess. I don’t know how to explain it. They think like a chess player. We kind of attract each other ’cause we kind of
have the same mindset. Planning ahead, being
confident in your decisions, also being confident
just in general. We kind of like understand
each other, I feel, like, on a different level. (airplane swooshes) I’ve traveled in
the United States, like New York, Tennessee, Alabama, or not, I’ve
never been to Alabama. I don’t know why I said that. Georga, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, California, Monte Video, Uruguay,
Santiago, Chile, Cuba. (bright Spanish guitar music) One of the games I played in
Cuba was against a FIDE Master. His name’s Ernesto Piedra. So basically this
is a simul game where there are all of us,
playing against one guy. So this is a print
out of the game. And he played this opening
called The Italian, which is one of the
oldest openings, dated back to like
the 16th century. Everybody else just got
demolished very quickly. And then it was just me. And we were the
only ones playing. So I got a breakthrough. I put F five. Take this pawn. Sacrifice this bishop. Double check the king. So he’s trying to make
as many threats as he can so he can slow down my attack. (bright Spanish guitar music) Rook G eight, king here,
and then I checkmated him. I put him away, which was crazy. (bright Spanish guitar music) And I never woulda been there
if I had not played chess. (bright Spanish guitar music) I think chess is
such a great game and I would’ve never met
the people that I met if it wasn’t for chess. So, I try to bring
that to people. (“Chan Chan” by Compay Segundo)

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