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

Hi Adam, 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. The leading chess academy closed in Fort Worth, causing many to lack the proper mentorship to better themselves at chess. After noticing this vacuum, I sought to spread chess to many. Now that DNA Chess is self-sufficient, it will outlast when I am gone to college and have a perpetual impact on others. I am excited to see where DNA Chess ends up in the future as I see it as promising.

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. Using business money is an uphill battle but a great way to learn for the future. I have to write off taxes and even sign contracts for hotel space. Hosting free-to-attend weekly meetings have reduced the number of money transactions and furthered the mission to provide chess to the world at no cost. It has also been sometimes hard to be seen as a legit business due to my age. Despite these obstacles, I 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 everyone likes to do. Some of my favorite spots in the city include Clearfork, Waterside, and Mcpherson areas. They all have a good scene and a variety of restaurants. I enjoy hanging out with friends and meeting new people there. One of my favorite restaurants is CiBi’s Italian restaurant. The service and food are top-tier and priced well for the Fort Worth area. The stockyards are also a cool unique spectacle of Fort Worth.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
One of DNA’s first customers, Sid Rajbandary, has been by the club’s side since day 1. He has come at the lowest lows of the club and donated chess boards when the club was getting started. His children have attended the summer camps and meetings hosted by DNA consistently. Without him, the club would not be here today, as his guidance and generosity have fueled its success.

Website: dnachessclub.com

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

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Other: dnachessclub@gmail.com

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