How Chess Sparked a Career Switch to Software Development

Spurred by a daughter’s question, a father gets serious about chess and dares to focus on a long-ignored love of hard science

Mr. DiBiase with daughter, Judy, and the family’s puppy, Anubis, in the yard of their home in Phoenix.

Photo: Caitlin O'Hara for The Wall Street Journal

香蕉视频苹果下载Nicholas DiBiase recalls being stuck in an “unrewarding” career as an operations and personnel manager when his 6-year-old daughter, intrigued by a “Harry Potter” movie, asked him about chess. The chance inquiry led him to study the game, which he credits with giving him the confidence, in his mid-30s, to pursue a more challenging career in software development.

香蕉视频苹果下载“I was like, ‘Maybe I do have more capacity for left-brain thinking.’ Chess is highly analytical,” said Mr. DiBiase, who is now 40 and lives in Phoenix.

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