Fundraising for the WYCC Maribor Slovenia 2012.
After playing chess downtown and at the Kids Market, I thought of all the places I can play my chess fundraising where there would be many people passing by and where they may have time to stop and play me. One possible place I thought was a book store. The chances however of being invited to a store like Chapters was near to impossible but I wanted to try. My mom and I sent an email and before I knew it there were communications from head office asking where and when we would like to go. So incredibly cool!!
I had the most fun talking things over with the staff when we arrived and ssetting up a place to play including pulling chess books off the shelves to put on display around me. It felt so good to have people support me this way, to support chess. I always feel that this is not just about me but about chess and that my ultimate goal would be to find Corporate Sponsors to help more people play chess.
Anyway, immediately after fixing the posters around the table and setting up a donation box I sat to play my first opponent. People are such good sports, there was never a focus on just winning against me, but on playing the best they could and about supporting my cause.Aagain I heard so many good wishes for me to make it to Slovenia.
This experience really opened my eyes to seeing just how great the public are in my city Vancouver. I really love my city.
Chapter book store on Granville St and Broadway really is one if not the biggest book stores in the city. I am really grateful to them and thank them very much!
One fun thought that crossed my mind was for one brief moment I felt what it may be like to be a famous author at a book signing. Sitting at a table being watched by people passing by. That was a grand thought.
I think being a chess player too, playing chess in a book store was pretty cool too!
My dad and I playing chess
He is really good considering he has not had any chess coaching