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The humble champion credited his school, teammates and coaches. “Notre Dame Preparatory always has the chess team’s back, and I believe wholeheartedly that their support was a big factor in our success,” DesMarais said. “Chess does not require the same funds as a sport like football or basketball, but the school always covered the expenses we did have without complaint, which I greatly appreciate. My teacher and coach Deacon Carbone has taught me the importance of humility, as well as reminding me of the importance of helping everyone on the team to improve collectively, and for that I am very grateful. My dad is the other coach at NDP, and he has had my back from day one, always staying encouraging regardless of whether I won or lost. I would not be as far as a chess player as I am without my father.” What got DesMarais interested in the brain-taxing game? “I started playing chess when I was 6 years old,” he explained. “I was walking into school one day in the first grade and I saw an older kid with a gigantic trophy. I wanted to do whatever it took to get that trophy, and when I found out I would have to join the chess club and win some tournaments, I started right away.” After years of play, he mastered a pressuring style: “I try to play as aggressively as possible without being reckless. I’ve found that it’s more difficult to play someone who is hammering at you the entire game than a person who sits back and waits for their opponent to do something.” After overcoming his nemesis in the state tournament and pulling out an all-in win at the national competition, Nick DesMarais ends his high school career with some pretty impressive awards. Who knows? Maybe he will inspire a young boy or girl who will think, “I’m going to learn chess and win some of those cool trophies!”

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Images Arizona: Grayhawk February 2015 Issue  

February 2015 Issue. Local magazine distributed to Grayhawk, DC Ranch, and North Scottsdale.

Images Arizona: Grayhawk February 2015 Issue  

February 2015 Issue. Local magazine distributed to Grayhawk, DC Ranch, and North Scottsdale.

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