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  • - Hi, my name is Elsa Majimbo.

  • I am 19 years of age.

  • I am a very, very, very proud

  • young African dark-skinned woman.

  • I was so shocked

  • by the amount of popularity that my videos got.

  • I was shocked as everyone else.

  • I didn't expect it.

  • I thought I was funny,

  • but other people thinking I was funny?

  • That was something different.

  • I'm a 15 times chess champion.

  • And every single time I say this,

  • people always think I'm joking.

  • I even put it on my bio,

  • and people still thought I was joking.

  • Do I not look like a chess champion?

  • I'm really good at chess, guys.

  • What You Know About That?

  • The Real Queen's Gambit,

  • So the first time I started playing chess,

  • it was a very chance-like situation.

  • I had just moved schools.

  • And one day as I was walking towards the swimming pool area,

  • I saw so many people gathered playing chess.

  • And I was like, "Ooh!

  • "What's this mysterious, mystical game?"

  • So I went towards them and I asked one of the girls.

  • I was like, "Hi, can you teach me how to play this?"

  • And she looks at me and she said, "It's too complicated.

  • "You would never understand."

  • So I went to the coach and I was like,

  • "Hey coach, first of all, your players are so rude."

  • I was like,

  • "Second of all, please teach me how to play this game."

  • And at first, I was horrible.

  • But then I had so much time on my hands

  • and I got better and better and better.

  • The first tournament, I went and I was ready.

  • It went really well.

  • And as I was coming back home, it was super late.

  • And my dad called me

  • and he told me, he goes like, "You know what?

  • "I don't think I'm happy with you coming home at night.

  • "You're only 14."

  • And he told me, "This is your last chess tournament."

  • I said nothing.

  • I just, I went back home.

  • And when I entered the house, I had the trophy

  • I'd won in my hand.

  • And I entered with it, and my dad saw it.

  • After that, he took me for every single game.

  • So, that's how my love for chess began.

  • My first championship game was regionals.

  • So basically what regionals is

  • is people from your region come and gather,

  • and play against each other to see who qualifies to play

  • in the national league.

  • I had an hour and 15 minutes on my clock,

  • but I was just playing really quickly, moving

  • the pieces so quickly.

  • And that almost made me lose.

  • So, we are almost at the end

  • of the game and I'm losing, I'm sweating.

  • My opponent, she looks happy.

  • My opponent made one wrong move.

  • In chess it only takes one wrong move.

  • That's all it takes.

  • She was just looking at the board,

  • looking at me, and smiling.

  • I just moved my piece and I said, "Checkmate."

  • Chess and my career are very similar.

  • In both of them, it's all about the long game.

  • It's all about the end game.

  • There's no point in winning now

  • and picking all the pieces right now

  • if in the end, I'll just end up losing.

  • So my manager would tell me all the time,

  • 'Don't do this now.

  • "Now don't pick this campaign now.

  • "Don't. Leave it, leave it."

  • And it was thousands of dollars.

  • And to me it would seem insane.

  • He told me, "Wait for the big bucks."

  • And I would look at him and tell him,

  • "These are the big bucks!"

  • And a manager, just like a coach,

  • they give you advice,

  • and it's up to you whether to listen to it or not.

  • So, it was always up to me.

  • And when I wouldn't listen, I'd lose.

  • When I'd listen, I'd win.

  • I'm doing the game the best way I can.

  • My chest technique is very quick, very rushed.

  • Sometimes I would lose the queen.

  • I wouldn't even call it carelessness.

  • I'm just not patient.

  • I'd rather things move at a fast pace.

  • It costs me sometimes, but I don't think I'll ever change.

  • (laughs)

  • I like when it's opened with the king.

  • 'Cause you know white starts.

  • So every single time I look at my opponent, I'm like,

  • "Please open the with the king.

  • "Please open with the king."

  • And when they open with the queen,

  • I get very irritated.

  • I definitely think me and Beth are super similar.

  • 'Cause she never took no for an answer.

  • I never ever, ever take no for an answer.

  • I always define my own path, and Beth did the same.

  • I never let anyone control me.

  • Chess gets crazy, insane!

  • Players walking all over, people shaking, people crying,

  • people breathing really, really hard.

  • Chess players are just like,

  • really, really, really sensitive for some reason.

  • And I don't even blame them.

  • Losing a game sucks.

  • No, it really, really, really sucks.

  • Chess is not a game where you go in when you're good.

  • It's a game you go in when you're the best.

  • When I was younger, we used to have this day

  • once a year where parents, teachers, friends, everyone,

  • there was just gather to celebrate the students

  • for everything we have achieved during the year.

  • And every single year we would have a guest of honor,

  • like the Vice President or the Minister of Health.

  • And they had this girl,

  • just any random girl they would pick,

  • they had a girl present flowers to the guest of honor.

  • It was a good trend, but I realized something.

  • Every single year,

  • every single year, they would pick a lighter-skinned girl

  • to present the flowers to the guest of honor.

  • And that's when I realized people don't go around screaming,

  • "I like light-skinned people.

  • "I think dark-skinned people deserve less."

  • People don't go around doing that.

  • People do it through their actions.

  • And after that, I just thought it was so stupid.

  • So, I thrived to be the best because I knew

  • I didn't deserve less.

  • I thought I was badass. (laughs)

  • I went for everything with everything I had.

  • I didn't know which direction I was going,

  • but all I knew is that I,

  • in no way, shape, or form deserved less.

  • Checkmate.

- Hi, my name is Elsa Majimbo.

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