"Rules of the Game" is told through flashback, recalling young Waverly's experience in becoming a chess champion. The story relies on chronological order through flashback in order to highlight the conflict between Waverly and her mother.
In the exposition, this conflict is identified. Waverly's mother is characterized as holding high expectations for her daughter, as she represents their Chinese culture:
"Ma, what is Chinese torture?" My mother shook her head. A bobby pin was wedged between her lips. She wetted her palm and smoothed the hair above my ear, then pushed the pin in so that it nicked sharply against my scalp.
"Who say this word?" she asked without a trace of knowing how wicked I was being. I shrugged my shoulders and said, "Some boy in my class said Chinese people do Chinese torture."
"Chinese people.do many things," she said simply. "Chinese people do business, do medicine, do painting. Not lazy like American people. We do torture. Best torture."
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