Student Testimonials

Mr. Butts & Mr. Jay, thank you for ALL that you guys are doing for us.  Keep up your AMAZING job teaching the game of life through this game of chess we love to play.  What goes around, comes around!  If it's going around with your helping kids out of your time to improve them, kids and teens just as motivated as me is going to be into your whole idea and plans.  I can't thank you enough for my chess set and promoting me to The Knights of the Round Table.  You two motivate me to work with kids and teach them the way you two do.  Thanks SO VERY much!  You don't know how much it means for me to be part of the Chess is Life team.  And this is JUST the beginning of the energy.  CiL has to be energetic 24/7 and I know I will provide that.  It's going to be HYPE!   ~Mike J.

  • Mike J.
  • 9th Grade
  • Warren G. Harding

What Chess Means To Me: Chess to me means reality because I see, play, and live chess everyday.  Even when I am not playing the game of chess.  The philosophy Chess is Life has been proven to be true by many comparisons of life, which is chess.  One of those comparisons of "Chess is Life" is when you cross the street.  When you cross the street, you have to think before you move or cross the street.  Look for threats (in chess or cars in life), and if you do not think before you move or cross or move your chess piece your piece will get taken. You will be put in check or checkmate, or even worse, in life, you could get injured/ killed.  Also chess to me means my life.  Personally, chess means the whole world and so much more because that word CHESS is in my name.  I am going to do something great with that name.  Trust me, watch me, just watch me, you’ll see.  Chess has made me who I am today.  My passion used to be Tae Kwon Do, Judo, boxing, wrestling, Jujitsu, Kung Fu, and many other martial arts, but I had to give up on that passion when I was eleven (almost twelve).  My new passion is chess.  Chess is a passion I will never give up on because it is life, it is reality, and I see and play chess everyday, even when I am not playing chess.  Chess is WAY more than just a game.  It is life!  One day, I was walking to school on a Monday, and the only thing I could think of was CHESS OVER EVERYTHING!!!  And I know exactly why I was thinking that because Chess is Life.  How Chess Reflects Life: Chess reflects on life many ways, from crossing the street to making decisions. That’s why it can be called the game of life.  Some of the ways chess reflects in my life is when I am crossing the street because you have to look for cars before you start crossing the street.  Same thing in chess, the cars could be seen as threats and in chess you have to look for threats before you move.  If you don’t, you could get taken,checked, or checkmated, or even worse in real life sadly killed or injured.  Another way chess reflects on life is when you make decisions.  In chess you have to make decisions when you move, and that move could give you an advantage or give you a disadvantage.  Also if you make a decision, good or bad, it can change your whole life around, just like that one decision can change your whole game around.  That’s why you have to choose wisely.  Dear Mr. Butts & Mr. Jay, thank you so much for the chess set and the case with my name on it and the CHESS in my name is capitalized!  The gift was one of the BEST early Christmas presents EVER!!!  The chess set means so much to me.  My father and I were the first to play on it and I beat him three times in a row, then he gave up!!! (LOL)  Thank you so much!!  FranCHESSca

  • FranCHESSca
  • 8th Grade
  • Willard

The first thing I have learned in chess is what the name of the pieces are.  After I learned the names, Mr. Myles taught me how the pieces move.  The most important piece in chess is the king and the most powerful piece is the queen.  The thing I like about chess is beating others in it.

  • Tanazia
  • 7th Grade
  • Inspiring Minds, Lincoln

Dear Chess Teacher, thank you for teaching us chess.  It was fun but confusing at first.  I have learned a lot of things while you were here.  I know I have a lot more things to learn.  I would like for you to teach me more.  Maybe I will play chess to win money.  Thank you, Teriny

  • Teriny
  • 7th Grade
  • Inspiring Minds, Lincoln

What I Learned About Chess In chess I have learned the names of all of the pieces on the board.  I learned how and where to move them.  I also learned that white always goes first in chess.  I learned that you can’t take a king.  You can only trap it.  I learned that the most powerful piece is the Queen.  Also when you have trapped the king and he is in check and can not move no where else it’s Game.

  • Ty’esha
  • 8th Grade
  • Inspiring Minds, Lincoln

While I was playing chess, I learned that the white chess goes first and the black goes second.  The order of the game goes king and queen got married by the bishop, then rode off on horses to the castle and made babies.  When white goes first it moves one or two spaces.  The king moves anywhere but only one space at a time.  The queen can move anywhere and anyway.  I like it.

  • Joi
  • 8th Grade
  • Inspiring Minds, Lincoln

The meaning of all the pawns.  The white pawns go first and the black pawns go second. I have to find a way to get the king from all the other pawns. It has a story to the game.  And the white king and the black king can not face each other or no one wins. And the queen can go sideways.  And the king can only move one space at a time.

  • Carlene
  • 8th Grade
  • Inspiring Minds, Lincoln

I learned that in chess you can move your pawn up two blocks on your first move.  You can only move the knight in an L shape and the king one space at a time. That is all I learned...Goodbye!

  • Ken’Nya
  • 8th Grade
  • Inspiring Minds, Lincoln

What I think about chess is that it’s so cool because I know I can go up against people that can beat me, but I have to keep on trying to beat them. So that is what I like about chess.

  • Johanna
  • 8th Grade
  • Inspiring Minds, Lincoln

What I learned about chess is that when I am in check, I have to move the king, not any of the other pieces.  Another thing I learned about chess is that bishops move diagonally.

  • Emanwen
  • 7th Grade
  • Inspiring Minds, Lincoln

I think that he should let us get more chances to win.  I think that chess is easy to me because we have been doing it for a long time.  I think chess is fun and that it gives you (confidence) to win, and I think it helps you use skills.  I think it helps you in life. So in different things you have skills.

  • Kaia
  • 8th Grade
  • Inspiring Minds, Lincoln

What I have learned about chess is that the King can only move one space at a time. Chess is a very complicated game.  You have to think a lot and only certain pieces can move certain ways, but chess is also very fun!

  • Arayla
  • 7th Grade
  • Inspiring Minds, Lincoln

What I learned during chess is that the white chess goes first.  Second thing is that you have to focus and think really hard while playing. Third thing that I had to learn about is the right order from king and queen to the bishops, knight’s, castle, and then castle.  Last but not least chess is very complicated, and it takes time to think.  Thank you and Have Fun!

  • Malaysiah
  • 8th Grade
  • Inspiring Minds, Lincoln