You don’t have to have that supercomputer mind. Sometimes it’s about feeling, you know. You sort of understand where the pieces go… How it all flows together. My grandmother taught me the rules. I knew how to move the pieces around –that kind of thing—but, you know, I wouldn’t say I was a competitive player. That started about three or four years ago. …Because I like beating people And I thought, “Wow, this is pretty fun.”
And when I lost, you know, “I don’t want that to happen again.” Chess is a very human game– and it’s beautiful to watch people get better at it. It all starts at the beginning. You’ve got to get your pieces out. You’ve gotta get your pawns
forward, control the board, that kind of thing. I’m sitting across the board from you and when, you know, when you’re learning about it, when you’re practicing it–You don’t want to lose that human aspect. Chess—besides something that I’m passionate about and I’d like to think I’m good at It’s also a connection with the past and a connection with everyone else who plays chess. So I’m connected to my grandmother who plays chess But I’m also connected to that rich history of chess spanning for centuries. We’re all playing the same game. In some way, you know, I’m a part of that. My name is James Toliver, and I’m an expert chess player.