A queen is flung wildly into the air. With ninja-like alacrity, I dodge it by mere centimeters escaping possible ridicule and even mild brain damage. Grins turn into giggles which then transform into laughter. Finally, my class ends as twenty little chess ruffians race outside…but not before they raid my candy stash.
Enlighten Chinese School Chess Club, in its simplest form, is an amalgamation of unbound energy, frivolous conversations, an elusive yet omnipresent hope of earning candy, and most importantly a powerful bond between the students and coaches. As the four years flew by, whether it was David learning to “take a minute per move,” Charles seeing that “the King is a fighting piece,” or Oliver paying attention to the “checks, captures, and threats on the board,” the improvement of my students has undoubtedly impressed me. In the riotous atmosphere of my class, my boisterous students were challenged as they studied the peaceful game of chess.Through their rambunctious name calling, wild escapades, and craziness, my students developed an interest for chess. I learned that crazy can be good, that happiness and success should be mutually inclusive, that learning is meant to be fun, and most importantly never mention candy on your flyers.
As my time at Enlighten comes closer and closer to an end, I awakened to the fact that I will not only be leaving behind merely a chess club but also a huge part of my life. Whether it’s the touching notes that my students wrote me or the hundreds of other interesting aspects of chess club, I will always cherish the chess games and time I played and spent with these wonderful little monsters.
I would like to thank Mrs. Shen and the Enlighten Chinese School staff for their unparalleled support and understanding, the numerous times Mrs. Shen encouraged me to keep on keeping on, and all the resources Enlighten helped provide. I would also like to thank my mom and dad for always sending me to Chinese School, teaching me how to play chess when I was small, and most importantly buying the candy. Lastly, huge shoutout to Edward Li, Dennis Chen, Andrew Tang, and Gary Fang for helping me teach chess.
Thanks for all the memories Enlighten Chess Club！
我叫唐博轩，我在启明中文学校组织运作下棋俱乐部有四年了。每两到三个星期，在这个热闹又活跃的俱乐部里，十五个小学生一起高高兴兴地学习下棋技巧，跟其他学生分享下棋的乐趣。从这个过程中，我自己也学到了很多，学习到怎样去带领不同年龄不同程度的学生。我想要感谢启明中文学校，感谢沈老师，还有我的帮手Dennis Chen, Andrew Tang, Gary Fang和Edward Li。如果没有他们，不可能有启明下棋俱乐部，我们的俱乐部也不可能如此被学生们喜爱和期待！
- —-Chuck Tang唐博轩 (Enlighten Chess Club Coach)