Autistic teen excelling at chess

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A Lindbergh High School student has become a chess idol among his teammates.

Out of all the possible moves for Lindbergh High School Chess Coach Rick Nelson, breaking stereotypes has always been his favorite play.

Rich, poor, jocks, brains, heroes and zeros, Rick Nelson has welcomed all to play.

His players have learned the game well.  A trophy case full of awards and accomplishments are proof of that.

But after 15 years of coaching chess, his favorite achievement is not found be hide this glass.

It’s watching Max Chaney play.

Max has autism and had never played chess before joining the club his freshman year.

Now he is a captain in his senior year.

Watching max play, Coach Nelson can’t help but wonder about the other Max’s of the world who have been written off.


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