I see you young girl’s, and you’re beautiful beyond measure. This right here is how you play chess!
Kids that look like kids, and are shining in their own light. Congratulations to Jaidyn & Jada Hamilton, Lauren Bradford, Sa’Nya Burton, and Gisele Motley. Who beat the odds of being looked at as the underdog”, and brought home (Detroit) 1st place trophies in the National Chess Championship presented by Kasparov Chess Foundation, US Chess Federation and Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation. (under 14 category) out of 440 players.
They had previously competed in the contest, but the top placing this year “was a significant win,” said head coach Kevin Fite. “We’ve won a lot of other national tournaments, but we’ve never won this one. … We were considerably the underdog in that section.”
To prep for the race, open to players with a US Chess Federation membership, the girls were tutored by a master, said assistant coach Kwabena Shabu.
“They put in a lot of hard work,” said Kamisha Hamilton, mother of Jada and twin sister Jaidyn, who also competed. “They were really determined.”
Obviously mastering the chess skills not only boosts the board battle but “helps you with school,” said Lauren Bradford, also an eighth-grader at University Prep. “I have an A in math. It helps with calculation and patience.”
So proud of you girls, keep shining!!!!
Cred: Detroit News / Via: @therealpaigion
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