Those who have visited The Chess Drum may have heard about a young standout player from Detroit, USA named Jimmy Canty III. He is the defending Michigan H.S. champion and eclipsed the 2100 USCF rating at the Motor City Open placing 2nd-4th (losing only to IM Emory Tate). He then placed clear second in the Michigan Action Championship. He beat long-time Master John Brooks in both of these touraments. Canty, who competed in the Denker Tournament of Champions last summer, is trying to become the youngest Black player to make U.S. National Master. Howard Daniels of the famous Vaux teams made master at 15 years, 4 months.