TODAY'S CHESS PIC OF THE DAY: The Touching Story of a Refugee who found solace and hope in Chess!!! Sudanese born National Chess Master Majur Juac!!! His story and chess journey is a compelling and thrilling one that would make even the hardest soul to cry!!! Whenever we hear of Sudan, we see a sad picture of an embattled country with thousands of children crying for their parents and women wailing for their children! However, not even war would stop the destiny of a determined young man who saw an opportunity through chess! A refugee for many years, Juac hails from the Southern part of Sudan and is of the Dinka tribe! Running from his country for a heart breaking journey of kilometers, Juac had to do things that he never imagined himself doing like swimming, which he admits not being acustomed to at that time!!! After a tiresome and dangerous journey, Juac would later end up in an Ethiopian refugee camp before moving on to a Kenyan one after Ethiopia equally imploded into war! It was at this same refugee camp that Juac's story would change foreover! The Sudanese soldiers used to play chess at the refugee camp, Juac would occassionally watch them play and mastered the way the chess pieces moved! A fast learner, Juac and friends would snick into the soldiers tents and set the chess pieces and start playing; playing chess to distract himself from remembering the sad tails of his journey from his homeland; and it was not long before he would become the strongest player at the refugee camp!!! Later on, Juac's dream of relocating to the US fruitified and chess did not sieze to be part and parcel of Majur even in his new 'country'!!! A thoughtful player who likes agressive play where one sacrifices pieces to pin down an opponent, Majur has improved fast in the chess cycles and he has taken another role; a chess teacher!!! His captivating story has enabled him to be featured in high profile interviews with different world acclaimed media institutions including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post!!!
By Chess Zealot