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young kings

11/13/11 , , , ,

even though chess is a great game of skill and intelligence, it hasn’t attained a degree of popularity that matches its quality.  nytimes gives it a moment in the sun(day paper) with a feature on three local prodigies.  james black jr. (brooklyn, left), justus williams (the bronx, center) and joshua colas (white plains, right) all earned the title of chess master before their 13th birthdays.

“Masters don’t happen every day, and African-American masters who are 12 never happen,” said Maurice Ashley, 45, the only African-American to earn the top title of grandmaster. “To have three young players do what they have done is something of an amazing curiosity. You normally wouldn’t get something like that in any city of any race.”

for more on their rise and future, check out the full article below.

Masters of the Game and Leaders By Example – NYTimes


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It is exciting to see young players so devoted to the game of chess being encouraged to reach their potential in the USA. We need to recognize and support these young chess players with the same recognition so many high school athletes in both news coverage and community awareness of their achievements.



cosign. it’s about changing the culture and perception around the game. articles like this will help on that front but need more.



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