Arnold Schwarzenegger Played Chess With Some Kid At His Fitness Expo and Got His Ass HANDED To Him

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Via- Cincinnati.com

COLUMBUS – It was an unlikely battle: Ethan Fang vs. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The 67-year-old bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-governator faced off Saturday against the 7-year-old Deerfield Township boy in a game of chess at the Arnold Kids Fitness Expo in Columbus.

COLUMBUS – It was an unlikely battle: Ethan Fang vs. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The 67-year-old bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-governator faced off Saturday against the 7-year-old Deerfield Township boy in a game of chess at the Arnold Kids Fitness Expo in Columbus.

Joining Ethan was an 8-year-old Dublin girl, Emma Cheng. Both kids belong to CCL, a Columbus-based chess coaching school. Originally hyped as a match between Schwarzenegger and Emma, organizers asked Ethan to participate a week before the event.

Ethan certainly makes for a challenging opponent. He’s the reigning second grade state champ in the Ohio Grade Level Chess Championship and is ranked 17th in the nation for his age level, said CCL owner Alan Casden.

“He’s one of our potential bright stars. We have a lot of really good players in our program and Ethan, for his age, is right up there,” said Casden.

The anticipated match was set to begin on a stage before hundreds of spectators when organizers suddenly moved the event to the rear of the building.

“Just when we were about to start Arnold said, ‘No, I’m not going to play them in front of this big audience,'” said Casden, who attended Saturday’s match. “Maybe he found out that they’re really good, I don’t know.”

Schwarzenegger spent about a half hour playing against Ethan and Emma before terminating the games in which on-lookers say both kids were clearly winning. He then spent some time speaking with the kids, signing autographs and posing for pictures before moving on to the next event.

 

 

Self awareness is far and away one of the most important traits a man can have. Like I always wanted to play in the NFL growing up but at a certain age I realized that the league isn’t really made for tall, skinny, painfully mediocre athletes and that I’d be better served doing something else that I loved. So I guess if I’m Arnold I’m just wondering at what point I look myself in the mirror and ask what the chances are of beating this kid? Look at that matchup on paper. The meathead GAWD and 7-time Mr. Olympia winner vs. a nerdy, 2nd grade, Asian chess prodigy. Who cares if there’s like a 60 year age difference. In what world does does a former bodybuilder who coined the phrase ‘girly man’ beat an Asian kid that’s been going rook to E5 since he came out of the womb? Not Earth, that’s where. Outside of white people and live tweeting award shows and Starbucks and going nuts over the latest Apple release I can’t think of a stereotype that’s more accurate than Asian kids being absolute hounds when it comes to chess. Think of your high school’s chess club real quick. In the same way that like 70% of the basketball team was black dudes I’m willing to bet that about 70% of the chess club were Asians. Some naivety Arnold had thinking he could beat the Asian kid at his own game. That’s like whatever 16 seed that has the misfortune of playing UK in the first round thinking that they can just go out there and run up and down trying play the Cat’s game and walk away with a victory. Not gonna happen.

Look, I know that Arnold probably let the kid win because he’s a former politician and he was hosting an event and going out there and beating up on a 7 year old kid doesn’t look good to most people, but for the sake of the story, we’re just going to assume that’s not true. An embarrassing beatdown at the hands of a budding chess prodigy is A+ blog material.

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