|CCF: What motivates you to play chess?Brayan: “One day I was bored and my brother pulled out a game, and he showed me how to play chess, and I got addicted to it. Then I started playing with my friend because he knew how to play, and that’s when I started playing a lot of chess. Sometimes they [beat] me, and I learned from them, then I started beating them every time.”
CCF: Was the Burbank tournament the first tournament you ever played in?
CCF: What was your favorite part of playing in the tournament?
Brayan: “Mostly, playing other kids I didn’t know. This random kid went up to me, and [asked] if I wanted to play a game, and he kind of beat me. Then we went two more times and then I won.”
CCF: Do you think you’ll play chess for a long time? Will you continue into high school?
CCF: Why do you think chess is important? Does it help you with things, other than just having fun?
Brayan: “Yah, sometimes. When I’m doing math I think of it as a chess board sometimes. Like, if I do this wrong, then I will lose a piece.”