Day 13: The Chess Vibe

Chess is my favorite game, and I am constantly practicing, improving my technique, taking lessons, and playing people.

So you can imagine my surprise when I manage to turn the Microcampus boys into a semi chess club. Austin Z. has joined my chess exploratory in Q2 at school, and was very good at chess. I do not know how big of a help I was, but he was certainly better than he was after he left the exploratory. Sunny Q., my roommate, also turned out to be a chess aficionado. Clark W. another good friend, turned out to be exceptionally talented and played a masterful attacking game. A certain person who has asked to remain unnamed also turned out to be a good chess player. Having already run an exploratory with my friend Ruitao (Shout out to you, Ruitao!), I though I could teach chess to half the Microcampus group.

The vibe started yesterday, when Austin and I were playing a training game. People checked out the game, and I sort of provided commentary. I found myself spending a fraction of my spare time practicing, and it was then when chess really took off. I told my friends to get a chess.com account, and watched many of my friends' games. I watched as Clark completely crush Sunny with a kamikaze attack, watched Sunny wreck someone else, but almost falling for stalemate. I told people how to castle, and some basic strategy. Chess is becoming the new pastime card game.

As always, never resign!

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask." Over the course of Microcampus, I have experienced the individual freedom that I have been grappling with ever since I have left Shanghai. Who am I? Why am I here? My Microcampus-era posts and thoughts would go to reveal my struggle against who I am, a struggle you will soon face in Microcampus. And now that I am back, I may have but a fragment of my answer.