I’ve had the privilege of growing up both an athlete and a chess player, ever since I was in elementary school. I never really understood the stereotypes of both because I saw the two as synonymous: sports improved me physically, chess improved me mentally. Especially as I played more and more chess, I got better: every loss came with a lesson, and every win built my confidence. However, it wasn’t until I met Lior Lapid that I fully understood what it meant to improve and to challenge my game. I’ll never forget the awe and confusion I felt when I tried to keep up with him during the very first game we played. Lior not only was able to explain his own strategies but also the mistakes I was making throughout that game. His ability to cater to different skill levels is unmatched; I went to a camp with my 7-year-old sister and other players across various spectrums of ability and was able to get just as much from it as they did because of how personalized he makes his lesson plans. On top of this, his warm demeanor and patience highlights how he cares about more than just your chess skills, but you as a person. After the camp, even though it was short, I felt humbled but also inspired to continue to enjoy and pursue chess as a lifelong hobby. I can’t recommend Lior enough and owe it to him for renewing my passion for the game.