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Warriors’ player discovered love of chess at Riverdale Grade School

Posted on June 6, 2018

Klay Thompson playing basketball on a chess board

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson has a long-time love of chess. In fact, his fascination with the game started with a 7th-grade chess elective at Riverdale Grade School.

His teacher, Carl Haessler – a local securities broker who is also a United States Chess Federation Life Master and five-time Oregon state champion – was focused on teaching his students how to think rather than what to think.

“It was probably the best class I’ve ever had,” Thompson said. Read more in this article in The Wall Street Journal.


Illustration: Tim Jones/The Wall Street Journal; Chess: IStock; Thompson: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images