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Posted on 03 October 2016

"Women and children can afford to be careless, men can not." This was one of the many cinematic quotes that Mr. Turner would repeat to me during our matches. David Turner can reference more movies than anyone I know, but his greatest talent is playing the game of chess.


Midway through my 11th grade year of high school, I moved from Toledo to Indianapolis. Although this was a cause for celebration because my mom was accepting a better job offer, leaving my friends and family was a tough pill to swallow. My new school wasn't very welcoming, as everyone clung to their friend groups that they'd had for the last 2 1/2 years. The one upside to ACHS was the multitude of electives that were available to upperclassmen. I was always a movie buff growing up, so quite naturally 'Cinema History' caught my attention as the counselor rattled off all of the course options. This class is where I first met Mr. Turner or 'Dave' as he insisted we call him.


Dave was the kind of teacher who'd make you feel like you were just friends, kicking back, watching a movie together. Dave could break down a movie you'd seen 100x and give you an entirely new perspective. After the first week I realized that this course was viewed as a blow-off class amongst my peers. Not for me- I sought out Dave during lunch, study hall and even sometimes after school to pick his brain about films that we'd both seen. Dave realized that I was a thinker much like himself and suggested that we start playing chess during our discussions. I had never played before, but Dave offered to teach me. He said that chess was simply a game of strategy and that in order to win you had to make less mistakes than your opponent. He taught me that in order to be successful you have to be able to adapt to your opponent's move and always plan ahead. This taught me the importance of paying attention to detail as well as being able to adjust in difficult situations. Because of Dave I found a unique friend in a new environment. The lessons he taught me helped me adjust to my new home, and ultimately plan for college. His words will forever resonate with me.



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