I have been passionate about chess since I started this game at the age of three years and 10 months. By taking international competitive chess tournaments and championships, I have visited over 37 countries and made a lot of friends. I understand that people from all backgrounds, ages, ethnic races and genders can enjoy and/or succeed at chess. These trips have widened my view, deepened my knowledge , and let me visit numerous amazing places as well as meet amazing people around the world. This rich experience helps me appreciate and understand different cultures, geographies, and become more open-minded to different things. Chess has sharpened my mind and developed both my IQ and EQ in general. It develops my ability to visualize moves and patterns in mind, and helps me to create plans and focus my thoughts and energy to solve complicated problems as they occur. One such example is in math, where chess helps my spatial skills. The skills in chess can help me apply my knowledge in dynamic and creative ways. It is reported by scientific research that all these skills are transferable to other academic fields and to daily life. For example, I have a very strong academic background, and have loved physics since I was four years old. In my spare time I read a lot about quantum physics. I am adept at computing. I also enjoy various sports, such as badminton and tennis, and arts, especially graphic design and music. I am also a competitive swimmer and have trained in Toronto and Ottawa, and won many regional places. We know that everyone is born with special talents, and we are all special as individuals. I understand that no matter how talented one is, hard work is the only way to accomplish a dream. Playing chess raises my self-esteem and tells me that hard work is the key to every success. Chess brings me a peaceful mind, and tells me the positive way to face both losses and wins. Chess teaches me that determination and self-motivation are one of the keys to succeed in life. This game also teaches me about sportsmanship and to never give up when facing challenges and difficulties. Chess develops my ability to think logically and to have intellectual creativity. Chess also tells me that I can be the leading person in one special area in the world. By teaching chess to other children, I am happy to find that the excited kids can calm down, and the overly hyper ones can sit and play a board game for hours. Though I am still not successful in chess, so far this hobby has contributed a lot to my personal growth both in life and school.
Note: Chess in schools program was endorsed by EU Parliament in March 2012, and I am one of the three ambassadors (Mr. Mihail Gorbaczev, Ms. Zsusza Polgar, and Qiyu Zhou)