Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Gene Nakauchi: Junior U12 Champ

From the Herald Sun:

Gene, 11, says he will win so he smiles, but he's not yet sure if the Gene Nakauchi manipulating the white chess pieces will outsmart the Gene Nakauchi manipulating the black chess pieces or vice versa.

Chess has been a lot like that for the Gold Coast boy -- lots of winning and smiling -- but it hasn't always been that way.

Gene is autistic. Born in Australia to Japanese parents, English is a second language.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've played against Gene before and unfortunately lost. He is a wonderful junior player who really enjoys the game, as does his little brother Kenji.

I've also heard that he has had coaching lessons from Arianne at Gardner Chess Centre, which may explain why he is such a junior chess dynamo!

Congratulations to Gene on winning the Under 12 tourney. Without doubt he will become a chess master within the next 2-3 years.