Justus Williams, 13, is one of the many talented players in American chess. However, his story is well-known. What is not known (or appreciated) is that he has already shown levels of maturity that will result in his ascending to higher heights in chess.
Justus recently scored joint first at the Barber Tournament of Junior High State Champions. He has qualified for the Denker Tournament of High School Champions on a couple of occasions, but it still too young to participate.
The young master is making his debut as a member of the New York Knights of the United States Chess League. He played a very technical game against National Master Craig Jones of Carolina Cobras. In this game, Williams adopts a positional bind on the position and executes a nice central thrust in 19.e5! Nice timing and he finished the game in clean fashion.