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 “Every chess player was once a beginner.” -Irving Chernev.  Waverly is a smart child, but as the story grows Waverly starts to lose her innocence. In the story Rules of the Games by Amy Tan, the protagonist, Waverly Jong is about a young girl that is a master at chess, but meanwhile, she has a mother that is always strict to her which caused to change Waverly personalities


First, Waverly is a smart and knowledgeable girl, but she used all her knowledge to use in playing chess, and also on other things as well. “As I peered into the sack, I quickly fingered the remaining presents, testing their weight, imagining what they contained.”(3) From this paragraph, it can infer Waverly is a smart and intelligent child, because she uses her brain to make smart decisions such as picking a present for herself. Unlike, other kids just randomly picking a present for themselves, but Waverly estimates the presents and chose the present wisely. This is why Waverly is a smart girl.

Second, Waverly is not an innocent girl, anymore; the more chess Waverly plays the more innocence lost. For example: “One time I complained that the bedroom I shared was so noisy that I couldn’t think. Thereafter, my brothers slept in a bed in the living room facing the street.”(5) This part of the story tells that Waverly uses small reasons to make her brother sleep in a bed in the living room facing the street, while Waverly gets a better room. Also, the main issue that caused Waverly to change was her mom; Waverly mom puts too much pressure on Waverly, and so she starts to be cautious of her mother. “We not concerning this girl. This girl not have concerning for us.”(5) Her mom puts too many expectations on Waverly, which caused Waverly turning into a scheming child.

In conclusion, Waverly is a knowledgeable and  scheming child. Even though her mom is always strict with her, but this did not change Waverly’s interest into chess. Her mom changed her through a lot of things. For example manipulating her, to help Waverly improve on life, but  meanwhile, her mom did  not notice Waverly is changing into a scheming child. But anyways, thanks to Waverly’s mom who encouraged her to play chess, that turned a beginner to a master chess player.