“Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events” – Benjamin Franklin

So, I have never liked chess. I have avoided it for years, despite growing up with it around me, and many people looking at me in disbelief when I tell them I can’t play chess. One night one of the youth, David, asked me if I wanted to play. I agreed.

David and I sat in the common area, and he took the time to explain the rules to me over and over. Every time I made mistakes or confused the chess piece’s moves he would slowly explain what I was doing wrong and encourage me to look at the game from different perspectives. The whole way through the game I could tell that David was genuinely trying to make me feel comfortable about playing against him and to help me learn. David even gave me positive feedback on my newly learned skills and told me it would get easier as I play more.

This advice struck me. As youth workers we are usually the ones encouraging youth to try new things. We support youth to achieve their goals, one step at a time. 

I was also struck by David’s supportive and patient nature. He is a great teacher. I am looking forward to more chess games with him and getting to know him more during his time with us.

clip art of chess game