Emma Cheng, interviewed by NBC NEWS, regarding her upcoming bout with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Dispatch Gets it Right
My hats off to Lori Kurtzman from the Dispatch who got the story right, from beginning to end. Her insights, concern for accuracy, and ease to talk with, was a marvel to me. Thank you so much for telling this story correctly. Here is her story:
Pre-fight - http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/03/06/arnold-chess.html
Post fight - http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/03/08/8-year-old-is-no-pawn.html
Both Ethan and Emma represented CCL very well, showing great composure dealing with all of the news media and cameras back stage. Since Emma was the initial, and the local player, much of the focus was on her. However Ethan performed equally as well, both in his chess and in his behavior. Thank you both, for confirming that CCL is a program with class.
This was not really a fair chess match as although Arnold may be a good chess player among his peers, he does not really compete with us. Here are the first few moves of the game where Arnold, playing white against Emma, was down by a pawn and bishop after only 7 moves!