Miccio met Dr. Polgar in 1993 while attending a charity chess-a-thon in New York City’s Central Park. Miccio, then a rookie firefighter, was trying to find an audience for his game, which he saw as a supplemental teaching tool.
By chance, Dr. Polgar and Susan ended up watching the children in attendance play Miccio’s game.
“He just kind of kept watching the kids play as if he couldn’t believe what he was seeing,” Miccio laughed. “Eventually, I just asked him if he wanted a turn.”
Dr. Polgar told Miccio that QuickChess was the streamlined curriculum that he had been searching for.
“I had no idea what he was talking about at first,” Miccio said. “I was just excited that someone above the age of ten was realizing the potential the game had.”
Now, to mark the game’s 25th anniversary, Miccio is returning to the American International Toy Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where he first debuted the game in 1992.
“I’m excited to reach a new generation of children,” Miccio explains. “To be able to reach so many more kids and their parents is really thrilling experience for me and, hopefully, for them.”
Miccio, along with QuickChess, will be at the Getta 1 Games booth (#4211) on Sunday, February 19 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.