Meet Emma Pierson:
I am 16 years old and have been playing chess since I was 7. I love words, competitions of all kinds, being outside, and sarcasm. My friends think I'm cynical; I think I'm idealistic. I live in Virginia, USA; I love our country but not our president.
Emma's a very decent chess player, and an excellent writer. Two weeks ago she sent me an essay she'd written:
I recently wrote an essay about my experiences playing chess -- not just about the game itself, but about the unusual social environment it creates, and why it does not attract more girls.
We are going to serialise it in 3 parts, starting today, on Chess Tales.