Introducing Keya, Hriday & Miles, Super kids learning a super game

Introducing Keya, Hriday & Miles, Super kids learning a super game

The Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit” is putting chess in the spotlight. More and more kids are getting interested in learning or improving their chess and more girls are taking up the game.

One of these girls is Keya Kothari (10). She and her brother Hriday (9) and friend Miles (9) Shimenga are beginners who enjoy playing and learning together.

Hriday’s mom gave him a chess set and after learning the moves he taught his sister Keya how to play. Miles’s grandfather collected chess boards and gave Miles one which sparked his interest in learning chess.

The three found Coach Larry and started taking chess lessons. They drop into the Steinitz Chess Academy on some Saturdays and play chess.

While two play, the third person gives play-by-play of the game, giving comments on mistakes and what they should have played. Laughter breaks out among the players and all have a great time. No one keeps score.

All three are looking forward to playing in tournaments and meeting other players when the COVID-19 restrictions are loosened up and students can gather again.

Petroff’s Defense is a favorite defense of theirs. They also share other interests: playing basketball, drawing and reading. Chess helps them do well at math, too.

Game of the month: This game shows the beauty of chess. It’s a pretty picture of checkmate.

  • White: Dodge
  • Black: Houghtelling
  1. d4, d4
  2. c4, e5
    The Albin Counter Gambit. A fighting defense to the Queen’s Gambit.
  3. e3, e5xd4
  4. Qxd4, Nf6
  5. Nc3, Nc6
  6. Qd1, Bf5
  7. f3, Nb4
  8. Qa4+, Qd7
  9. Qxd7+, Kxd7
  10. e4, dxe4
  11. f3xe4, Nxe4
  12. Rb1, Nc2+
  13. Kd1, Nf2+
  14. Ke2, Bc5
  15. Nf3, Bd3+
  16. Kd2, Be3 mate

Why learn chess? Simple: It’s a great mental workout that helps children perform well in the classroom. Chess is a logical game where kids have to plan ahead and adjust to new situations. But most of all, it’s fun! Larry Ball (Coach Larry) teaches students of all ages at the Steinitz Chess Academy in Beaverton. For more information, email Larry at