John Dolly has played thousands of chess matches in his lifetime. He still can’t quite shake the feeling the player on the other side of the table knows a little more than he does.

“It’s one of the most nerve-wracking things, sitting down against someone I’ve never played before,” he said. “It’s not like an arm wrestling match or a bench press contest. It’s a test of brain skill. Even as an adult, when I sit across the board against another adult in a tournament, I’m almost terrified, shaking and shattered, because I don’t know how it’s going to work out.”

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