Matt Bailey

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When I entered high school in 1993, I found the Grand Prairie High Chess Club and began learning the elegant game of chess under the tutelage of Mr. Kandrac. I already had a rudimentary understanding of the game, but I quickly learned that chess is much more than a simple game - Chess is quite like a brain tonic which enhances concentration, patience, and perseverance, as well as develops creativity, intuition, memory, and most importantly, the ability to process and extract information from a set of general principles, learning to make tough decisions and solving problems flexibly. Most importantly it teaches one a golden virtue - the virtue of patience. It took a great deal of patience on Mr. Kandrac's part to help me along in my journey toward mastering the game of Chess. As my high school years passed, he continued sacrificing much of his time helping me to excel in something that, for the first time in my life, I could excel in. Mr. Kandrac's tutelage eventually led to my achievement of 4 year high school Chess Champion and winning 1st place in several USCF rated tournaments. After high school I replaced my study and play of Chess with undergraduate studies. Finally, in 2009, I felt a yearning to enjoy the game once again and joined the local Tarrant County Chess Club. Since there were many highly ranked players, I realized I needed to quickly bring my game back up to par. Then, by 2010 I was able to win my last 1st place trophy in a TCCC USCF rated tournament. Since then I've been playing chess recreationally and teaching children to love the game as much as I have.
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