Detroit City Chess racks up accolades!

Medina Mathis leads Cass Tech at All-Girls Open

Dubbed "The Princess of Chess," Medina Mathis of Detroit's Cass Tech traveled to Chicago for the All-Girls National Open Chess tournament sponsored by the KasparovChess Foundation. Mathis took 2nd in the under-18 category while Cass Tech won 1st place in both the under-14 and under-18 team categories.

Medina Mathis of Detroit's Cass Tech

"Like me, most people consider me as the best female chess player in Detroit. That's good and all but I want more than that."

~ Medina Mathis, Cass Tech ~

Medina Mathis of Detroit's Cass Tech
~All-Girls National Open, 2nd under-18~
(Photo by Kevin Fite)

Medina is in her junior year at Cass Tech and is known as the strongest female  player in the city of Detroit, but is not content. She posted the following message on the Detroit City Chess discussion board to another player who was a self-proclaimed "best player in her school."

"It's fine and well to be the best female chess player in your school, but why not in just striving to be the best chess player in the world! I know it's good to be called the best female chess player in the school, but that's not going to do you any good in the real world. To them it means nothing. Like me, most people consider me as the best female chess player in Detroit. That's good and all but I want more than that. I want to be the best CHESS PLAYER not just the best female chess player in Detroit, MI, and then the World. So don't accept anything at or below mediocrity. And strive to be the best you can be."

Report and Standings (US Chess Online)

Canty wins Michigan State title!

Jimmy Canty III has won his second consecutive High School title. Last year he won the title on tiebreak, but was not eligible to compete in the Denker because he had not entered high school yet. Now a freshman at Cass Tech, the Michigan Individual State title gives him the right to compete in the Denker tournament. Canty led Cass Tech to city championship and a 4th place finish in the Michigan State Championship team event. He won an individual gold medal for his performance on 1st board.  Canty made his last push in eclipsing the "Expert" rating barrier when at the Chicago Open last May. He scored an impressive 5-1 and tied for 2nd in the under-2000 section. Jimmy also scored 5-3 in the under-2000 section at the World Open. Recently, he placed joint 2nd with NM John Brooks in a mini-Swiss event won by Aaron Kahn.

James 'Jimmy' Canty III

Jimmy Canty III of Detroit's Cass Tech
~2007 Michigan High School Champion~
(Photo by Daaim Shabazz)

"I'm trying to get to Master as quickly as possible."

~ Jimmy Canty III, after 2006 World Open ~

Detroit's Duffield racks up medals!

Kevin Fite, coach of Duffield Elementary, brims with pride when talking about his teams' cache of medals at the Michigan State championships. Duffield won national acclaim two years ago by winning several national award in the 2005 Supernationals III in Nashville, Tennessee. The school is attempting to return to Nationals having won two state championship titles (Elementary & Jr. High) this past weekend. The team piled up four gold medals, eight silver medals a bronze medal.  Back in February, Fite reported:

"This past weekend Detroit Duffield won the State Elementary Chess Tournament at Michigan State University in Lansing.  We beat several top rated teams from Country Day to teams in Ann Arbor.  This also marked the 1st time a Detroit elementary team has won a state chess tournament.  Detroit has won Jr. High and High School State Chess Tourney's but never a elementary."

Here is the tally:

Duffield Chess Team
(2006-2007  Scholastic Season)

Capping off a fine year for Duffield are several honors from the Michigan State tournament. The team was represented in Sacramento, California for the K-9 National Championships (March 30th-April 1st) where they also won a number of awards. Photos can be found at Detroit City Chess Club website. Duffield is coached by Kevin Fite serving as the team manager/advisor.

March 2007  - Jr. High State Champs
(4th Jr. High State Title)

February 2007 - Elementary State Champs
(1st State Title)

January 2007 - Jr. High City Chess Champs
(2- time)

January 2006 - Elementary City Chess Champs
(2-time)

October 2006 - 1st place in the 5th annual Midwest Regional High School Tournament (1st time a Jr. High School Team won this tournament)

Duffield players proudly donning t-shirt at 2005 Supernationals III.

Duffield players proudly donning t-shirt at 2005 Supernationals III.

Duffield Individual Awards
(2006-2007  Scholastic Season)

Sherman Redden (8th Grade) - 1st place Jr. Individual State Tournament, Gold Medal Winner at State team tournament (Will be attending Cass Tech)

Kayeen Kemp (8th Grade) - Silver Medal Winner Jr. High State Tournament (Will be attending Cass Tech)

Ja'monte Adams (7th Grade) - Gold Medal Winner Jr. High State Tournament

Joseph Herbert (7th Grade) Bronze Medal Winner Jr. High State Tournament

Chris Townsend (7th Grade) Silver Medal Winner Jr. High State Tournament

Joseph Brunson (7th Grade) Medal Winner Jr. High State Tournament

Kaleel Morris (4th Grade) Winner of 2 Gold Medals (Elementary & Middle) State Tournaments

Byron Green (7th Grade) Silver Medal Winner Jr. High State Tournament

Reggie Ayala (8th Grade) Silver Medal Winner Jr. High State Tournament (Will be attending Cass Tech)

Rashon Johnson (6th Grade) - 2 Silver Medal Winner (Elementary & Middle) State Tournaments

Jaryl McGee (6th Grade) - 1 Gold Medal Winner Elementary and Silver Medal Winner at Jr.High

Makalah Green (6th Grade) 2 Silver Medals (Elementary and Middle) State Tournament

Posted by The Chess Drum: 2 April 2007