Mound Bayou teen credits father for love of strategic pastime
by Courtney Stevens
Oct 27, 2013 | 9253 views | 0 0 comments | 522 522 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hall at his first chess tournament
Hall at his first chess tournament
While many high school seniors spend evenings partying, watching television, or checking Instagram, John F. Kennedy High School Senior Earl Hall spends his evenings playing chess with his dad.

Hall has been playing chess since he was a child and he credits his father for this new hobby.

"My dad has been a big influence on me playing. Every night we play about five or six games and when I make a mistake he'll tell me what I did wrong.

"If it weren’t for him I wouldn't be playing chess," said Hall.

Hall recently attended his first tournament where he won one out of five games.

After discovering that Professor Silence, a teacher at JFK, played chess as well, the two began playing each other and then attended the tournament.

"He told me he knew how to play chess and I told him I knew how to play. We started playing each other," said Hall.

Hall said that many of the other players in the tournament were much older than he but that didn’t shake him.

"I wasn't nervous. It was a new experience and I thought everything would already be set up. They told me that usually people bring their own boards and timers so it was a new, different learning experience," said Hall.

Hall said the oldest man he played against was in his 60s.

"They were much older than I was. Anything can happen when you're playing chess. My dad is 51 and sometimes I beat him. It's just outthinking the person in front of you," said Hall.

Hall is glad that he has his father to help him practice his game while he is at home. Hall also noticed that the pace of the game during the tournament is much slower than what he is used to.

"When we are home and playing we go fast but there you it takes about an hour and twenty minutes. They want to win so they think about what moving pieces will do to their advantage. I play fast at home," said Hall.

By having the constant encouragement to become a better player, Hall knows the real reason he plays chess—his father.

"If it weren’t for him I wouldn't be playing chess."