Meet the school custodian who has coached the chess team to the championships
Queen's Gambit? More like Bishop's Gambit! (That joke will make sense when you learn his name is Dave Bishop.)
Who is he? A generally cool dude, and lifelong chess lover.
What's the big deal? Aside from the fact that we're witnessing a Netflix original series manifesting itself in real time?
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Here's what Dave and Avery had to say.
On what drew Dave into coaching chess:
Well, it's the next step to being competitive. You're going from just a recreational or intramural club to actually being a competitive team. It's a very unique sport. There's a wide range of strength of players, so you're able to match up each player a lot better versus, say, basketball, when you just got one school against another school.
Avery on Bishop as a teacher:
He coaches us without even getting paid, so I think it's really amazing.
He motivates lots of kids to join and have a chance to become a state champion.
Bishop on teaching:
What I like about coaching the kids is seeing them go from, say, the K-2 level to where Avery is right now. Avery, for instance, has grown so much that his rating strength is higher than any player over at the middle school. He has a passion for it, and that just proves my theory: If you really like something and stick with it, you're going to get better. And he's really taken it to the next level. He studies at night when he comes home. I see him as, like, a 1500 player by his sophomore year.
And on what he hopes his students take away from him:
There's a lot of metaphors with the sport of chess. It's that hard work really does pay off. If you study like Avery and you love what you do, you get a lot better, and you stick with it.
So, what now?
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