The Uncharted Path: A Quest for Recognition in the Realm of Chinese Chess

Radtai Lokutarapol
3 min readMay 21, 2023
Bidding Farewell To The Prime Minister at The Government House of Thailand Before Embarking to Cambodia
Battling Against Wu Zhong Han, The Singaporean Chinese Chess King

Embarking on a remarkable journey, our sights were set on Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with a burning desire to conquer the world of Chinese chess. As we braved the challenges that lay ahead, we carried within us an unwavering passion and an indomitable spirit, yearning to make our mark on the global stage.

Unveiling the Unforeseen Path: Little did I anticipate that my fascination with Chinese chess would guide me on a remarkable journey, eventually leading me to proudly represent Thailand as a national athlete. From humble beginnings in Thailand to the grand stage of international competitions, this experience has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. The unwavering dedication and support from officials throughout the journey have left an indelible mark on my heart.

From Curiosity to National Pride: Reflecting on the innocence of my childhood, I vividly recall pleading with the elders at home to take me to the local park, where I could engage in friendly matches of this captivating board game. The physical exercise preceding our games not only nurtured a sense of camaraderie but also forged lasting bonds. As time passed, my thirst for knowledge led me to Chinese bookstores in Yaowarat Road, where I eagerly acquired textbooks and honed my skills through online practice sessions. Overcoming the challenges posed by seasoned Chinese players became a driving force in my pursuit of personal excellence. However, it was the sheer joy and timeless enchantment of this ancient art form that truly fueled my passion.

Triumphs and Obstacles: No journey is complete without its share of obstacles, and mine was no exception. As I prepared to embark on my university studies, my fervent engagement with Chinese chess momentarily took a backseat. However, fate intervened when I unexpectedly secured sixth place in the prestigious Jia Ding Cup held in Shanghai, China. The allure of competing in the birthplace of Chinese chess further ignited my desire to seize every opportunity, even before setting foot on English soil for my studies. Remarkably, upon my return, I was bestowed with the honor of representing the Thai Chess Association as a member of the national team.

The Uphill Battle on the International Stage: Stepping onto the international stage of Chinese chess within the Pacific-Asia region was an arduous journey for our Thai team. Our rivals were formidable, as the landscape of Southeast Asia brimmed with exceptionally talented players, honing their skills with unwavering determination. Yet, Chinese chess transcends mere competition; it is an art form that demands relentless training and unwavering dedication. Physical fitness and mental acuity were vital, as every move on the board carried the weight of strategy and foresight. Countless maneuvers and strategies were committed to memory, while maintaining peak physical health and mental sharpness became second nature.

My journey in Chinese chess has been an extraordinary odyssey, filled with unexpected turns and moments of triumph. From the innocent curiosity of childhood to proudly representing my nation on the international stage, this adventure has unfolded with grace and fortitude. The challenges faced along the way have only fueled my passion further, reminding me that Chinese chess is not merely a game but a profound expression of skill and artistry. As I continue to tread this path, I am grateful for the unwavering support of my mentors, the camaraderie of fellow players, and the immeasurable joy that Chinese chess has brought into my life. May my story inspire others to embrace their passions, overcome obstacles, and embark on their own unforeseen journeys toward greatness.

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Radtai Lokutarapol

Radtai studied acting and screenwriting in UK, having worked in sales, marketing, and UX. His practice is to write creative non-fiction.