One Move At A Time: How To Play And Win At Chess & Life

By Tony McClean
Updated: March 1, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Ct. — For Orrin Hudson, his first introduction to the game of chess came at the age of 13. His teacher at the time, James Edge, told the young Hudson that every move made in the game has its consequences.

“He taught me life through chess”, said Hudson. “He told me that every move you make has consequences and, for my game and my life to get better, I had to get better. He told me that I was responsible for my own success.”
Over the next four years, Edge would mentor and train the Birmingham, Alabama native on how to make the right moves in chess and most importantly, in the game of life. Eventually, the teachings would lead to Hudson becoming one of nation’s top players.
In 1999, Hudson was the lowest-ranked player to enter the Birmingham City Chess Championship. He won, beating the highest-ranked player to become the first African-American city champion. He would win the next year as well.
The former Alabama state trooper and Air Force veteran would soon become a player on the international chess scene. In 2003, Hudson would defeat Russia International Master Rashid Ziyatdinov.
Over the years, Hudson has used chess as both a metaphor and a teaching tool. In his new book, “One Move At A Time: How To Play And Win At Chess And Life”, the chess champion gives a comprehensive guide on how to play the game through success strategies.
“My goal in life is to teach to 1,000,000 kids how to make the right moves in the game of life”, Hudson said. “These young people will one day be our country’s leaders. It is up to us to teach them the secrets of success now, to enable them to live fuller and richer lives.”
“The greatest crime in the world is the failure to develop ones potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world.” Through his his innovative program, Be Someone, Inc. (, Hudson has taught more than 16,000 students how to win at chess.
In fact, many of his younger students have faced off with college students, many of whom were experienced chess players, and have won. The basic theory that he stresses with his students and throughout the book is that “KASH is KING!” which stands for “K = knowledge, A= attitude, S = skills, H = habits!”
Hudson believes chess is such a unique activity because of the on-going learning factors involved in the game. “Chess is about moving towards your goals”, Hudson added. “When you stop moving forward, what you don’t want will take over”.
Throughout his book, Hudson uses all his leadership skills to instruct students on life mastering techniques, teaching them how to “Think it out, don’t shoot it out!” and “Push pawns, not drugs!”
A winner of several awards over years including the 2005 National Self-Esteem Award and the 2005 NAACP Award for community service, Hudson has dedicated his life to helping others.
With “One Move At A Time”, Hudson’s succeeds in his mission to build character, hope, and inspiration among disadvantaged youth. Even if you don’t know a rook from a pawn, this book will give a better understanding of how the games of chess and life are very similar.
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