The “Young Lions” roared in DC as the trio of 13-year old chess masters trekked to the nation’s capitol to give and simultaneous exhibition of 30 students. Justus Williams, Josh Colas and James Black Jr., all 2300-rated masters, played ten boards apiece at the Chess Challenge after-school program. Each of them got a chance to impart words of inspiration to the students and it may be the beginning of things to come.
Josh Colas makes move on simul participant.
Photo by WTOP Photo/Andrew Mollenbeck.
Chess journalist and coach Jamaal Abdul-Alim co-organized the event and asserted, “There’s no magic involved. It’s not a mystery. It’s about study, it’s about hard work, it’s about dedication.” The three masters have won countless national titles between them and have made the Black community proud. Notwithstanding, their success has a worldwide impact.