We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Bhaloo and Devan Dave and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adam and Devan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The goal of creating the chess club has always been driven by a desire to educate and spread chess to Fort Worth through free weekly meetings, summer camps, and tournaments. I, Adam Bhaloo, am motivated to bring the adults and youth together in my community and be a catalyst for change in this world. I find it a privilege to be able to give others opportunities they would otherwise not have, especially in an area I love, chess. At DNA Chess, we support and promote the educational value of chess and look to increase its awareness through local and national partnerships. Learning to play chess at a young age, I can attest that the ability to think ahead is very applicable to your daily life, now and in the future. The leading chess academy closed in Fort Worth, causing many to lack the proper mentorship to better themselves at chess. After noticing this vacuum, DNA Chess Club sought to spread chess to many. There is a reason most businesses are created in a vacuum. Now that DNA Chess is self-sufficient, it will outlast when I am gone to college and have a perpetual impact on others. I, Devan Dave, have been humbled by the community’s ability to come together despite any hardships. As a tutor at DNA Chess, I am honored to be able to work with the youth and put smiles on their faces. I am excited to see where DNA Chess ends up in the future as I see it promising. Our sheer passion for spreading chess to others around us has dramatically impacted our success.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The biggest obstacle to starting a business as a high schooler is legitimacy and financial capabilities. High school classes take up a large part of students’ time and are essential to balance when working on other projects. Being under the age of 18, using business money is an uphill battle. Hosting free-to-attend weekly meetings has reduced our number of money transactions and furthered our mission to provide to the world at no cost. It has also been sometimes hard to be seen as a legit business due to our age. Despite these obstacles, we have pushed through and have been successful.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Immersing in our surrounding community is something we all like to do. Some of our favorite spots in the city include Clearfork, Waterside, and Mcpherson areas. They all have a good scene and a variety of restaurants. We enjoy hanging out with friends and meeting new people there. One of our favorite restaurants is CiBi’s Italian restaurant near Aledo. The service and food are top-tier and priced well for the Fort Worth area. TCU football games are also a way we bond and have a good time.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
One of our first customers, Sid Rajbandary, has been by our side since day 1. He had come at our lowest lows and donated chess boards when we started. His children have attended our summer camps and our meetings consistently. Without him, we would not be here today, as his guidance and generosity have fueled us to succeed.

Website: dnachessclub.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dnachessclub/?hl=en

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/DNAChess/?ref=py_c

Other: dnachessclub@gmail.com

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