Many students have heard about his skill and level he is playing in chess, but I got to meet with Brent in person for an interview. Brent is currently a sophomore student at KUA. He is 16 years old and is from Southport, CT.
Brent is very passionate about playing chess and has played from a very young age.
BL: Hi, Brent, thanks for taking the time to meet with me. What is your favorite afternoon activity?
BT: At a school like at KUA, I play a lot of online chess after classes, at least an hour a day.
BL: When did you start playing chess?
BT: I started playing chess when I was in 1st grade; I’m in 10th grade now, so [I started] about 9 years ago.
BL: Why did you start playing Chess?
BT: Because I had been really good at, I think, [games like] Connect 4 [and] checkers – more strategic things, and my mom told me about chess club and, after joining it, I ended up loving it.
BL: When did you start attending chess tournaments?
BT: I started at the end of the second grade there were chess clubs at school. They had a tournament every three months so the guy running it asked if I wanted to do it, and I thought it would be fun.
BL: What is your decision making process when playing a chess game?
BT: When I’m playing chess the first thing I do I look at my board and look at the other player pieces, and then I try to come up with a plan either to get a certain piece out or to trade off a maybe a pair of pawns and more.
BL: Who is your hero or role model in chess?
BT: My old Chess coach, Daniel Lowinger, was rated 2350, and he taught me a lot of the openings that I know till today, and I admire him a lot.
BL: Wow that’s special, can describe your most challenging match to date?
BT: I played this guy his name is Oliver with a rating of about 2200 and he is better than me but, what happened was we both played well out of the opening we exchanged a bunch of pieces, he was up one pawn at the end of the game but, my pawn was far advanced ahea
d for two of his pawns. And we ended with a draw.
BL: Did you study theory for the openings?
BT: I used to study a lot of theory but, now only a little bit.
BL: What is your favorite opening in chess for both White and Black?
BT: As the white piece, I like to play the Grand Prix a lot. The Grand Prix is
when you move the F Pawn twice, and you develop the knight and bishop so that you can castle, and as a black piece, I like the Sicilian Defense.
BL: What is your current official rating?
BT: Right now it’s 1806
BL: Can you explain what a chess rating is?
BT: In um for people who don’t know what that is you start at zero and on chess.com you start at 1200.
BL: Do you have a short-term goal or a long-term goal?
BT: My goal for maybe the next year or two I want to get to candidate master that’s a title reserved for people who get over a rating of 2000 that’s my short-term goal
My long-term goal is a national master with 2200.