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NSCF Champ Robby Schetlick

Robby played his first NSCF tournament in February 2011 and achieved a rating of 492. Two years later he had reached 1343. “I like playing in the tournaments and especially now that I am in Future Masters, there are a lot of great players so I am constantly challenged. I have also been to Nationals and there you get to play against the best kids in the country. It’s tough but it’s also fun.”

Robby attributes his growth in chess to group lessons at his school, self-study and to playing in tournaments. “I started in 5th grade and most of the other kids had been playing for several years. But back then I had a lot of extra time.”

Now that he is in high school, he has indeed found there are only so many hours in a week and something had to give. For Robby it was piano lessons. “For me I chose to keep my chess up but piano is another thing I can always come back to. I have the foundation and it’s still something I enjoy so I know I will have that for all my life too.”

I asked Robby how chess impacts his studies and the rest of his life. “I think the best thing is it has helped me to plan but then be able to change the plan when circumstances change.”

Robby’s chess goal for this year is to continue to improve. “Some day I’d like to be a titled player, like an IM or even a GM. But it’s going to take time. For now I just want to keep getting better at chess.”

NSCF Champ Robby Schetlick

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