Waverly Place Jong is the main character and tells the story, she is also the youngest and only daughter of a Chinese family. They live in Chinatown in San Francisco and play in the back alleys of restaurants and curio shops.
Waverly is also known as "Meimei", this means little sister in Chinese. She is also the youngest in the family. One day the Jong family went to a church Christmas party and received presents. Waverly brother received a chess set with missing game pieces.
Meimei enjoyed playing chess and learned how to play really well. Lau Po was a better chess player than Meimei's brothers and taught her how to play chess in the park.