During my second year at the city college, I was told that the education department was offering a "free" course, called Thinking Chess, for three credits. I 1 the idea of taking the class because, after all, who doesn’t want to 2 a few dollars More than that, I’d always wanted to learn chess. And, even if I weren’t 3 enough about free credits, news about our 4 was appealing enough to me. He was an international grandmaster, which 5 I would be learning from one of the game’s 6 ,I could hardly wait to 7 him.
Maurice Ashley was kind and smart, a former graduate returning to teach, and this 8 was no game for him； he meant business. In his introduction, he make it 9 that our credits would be hard-earned. In order to 10 the class, among other criteria, we had to write a paper on how we plan to 11 what we would learn in class to our future professions and 12 , to our lives. I managed to get an A in that 13 and learned life lessons that have served me well beyond the 14 .