Georgia scholastic player and frequent GCA tournament volunteer Katie Hill sat down for an interview with
the reigning K-1 National Co-Champion, Drew Justice (who is a current 2nd grader at Whitefield Academy). Drew earned his national title by winning all seven of his games at Supernationals, which was held in Nashville, TN in April 2013.
Katie: Thank you for your time. How long have you been playing chess?
Drew: Four years.
Katie: About how many tournaments have you attended?
Drew: About 50.
Katie: How many hours do you study a week?
Drew: 10 hours.
Katie: How do you train? What computer programs do you use? What books do you read? Do you have a coach?
Drew: I play a lot and I use chessimo and my coach is Coach Carlos Perdomo.
Katie: What is your current rating?
Katie: What is the hardest game that you played – and won?
Drew: Brian Manzo, in a North Georgia Chess Tournament, Round 1.
Katie: What is your ultimate goal in chess?
Drew: Right now, to get to 2000 before 6th grade.
Katie: What would you say is the hardest thing about playing chess?
Drew: Always keeping in mind to do checks, captures, and threats.
Katie: Everyone in your family plays chess, is there any rivalry that you have among yourselves?
Drew: (laughs) Not really.
Katie: I have a riddle for you. What can a king, a rock, a bishop, a knight, and a pawn all do that a queen cannot?
Drew: (Thinks for about a minute and then laughs.) Seriously? I have no idea!
Katie: A discovered check!
Picture: Drew’s older sister, Zoe, listens in as Drew and Katie talk chess.