So, here’s something that not everyone can say: If you were at Dragon Con and played in the chess tournament, you could have played against Chess Jawa.
That’s right, guys. A sand person from Star Wars, playing chess. For charity, of all things. Chess Jawa is actually a 9th grader named Stephen Eisenhauer. Stephen was playing to raise money for Dragon Con’s yearly charity cause, which this year happened to be the Lymphoma Research Foundation. He single-handedly raised $478 this year and went undefeated the entire Con. I’m impressed.
He has his own twitter (@chessjawa – give him a follow, he’s doing something awesome with his brains) and a pretty healthy following, including people who simply came to watch him play. It turns out that he comes from a family of Star Wars fans and cosplayers, who completely support him in his love to don a robe and glowing eyes, and beat the pants off of others on a chess board.
So he’s a freshman, who studies both his school work and chess tactics, and then uses his powers for good (and charity). What are you doing with your life?