Creating a Cornerstone of Chess

Kevin Fite observing the progress of Cornerstone players. Photo by Bill Bresler.

Kevin Fite has dedicated himself to the betterment of society in greater Detroit and has been doing so for decades. The level of commitment needed for this task is nothing short of a gargantuan effort and Fite has done just that. In a recent article in Hometown Life, Fite’s school Cornerstone was shown during a club meeting.

Cornerstone, a Detroit area private school, recently competed in the junior high state championship and brought home five gold medals, six silver and one bronze. The goal this year is to attend the Supernationals in Nashville, Tenn., April 1-6. Fite said he hopes to take 60-70 Cornerstone students to the event that draws 5,000 to 6,000 students from throughout the country.

Fite told The Chess Drum earlier this evening he was hosting a 50-board simultaneous exhibition by International Master Benjamin Finegold. Last year, he hosted National Master Kayin Barclay. These young chess players are well-behaved and look the part. With the majority of the players in uniforms or shirt and tie, they seem to be on a mission.

Brenae Smith pondering her next move. Photo by Bill Bresler.

Brenae Smith pondering her next move. Photo by Bill Bresler.

Fite discussed the SuperNationals held April 1st-6th in Nashville, Tennessee where more than 5,000 players from kindergarten to 12th grade with face off for the national crown and possible college scholarships. Cornerstone players hope to be in the number! According to the article, Fite hopes to take 60-70 players. Wow!

Article: https://www.hometownlife.com/article/20090226/NEWS16/902260750

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

One Comment

  1. Hello there inspirational teacher and
    students. I live in Chattanooga and have been
    to Nashville many times. If I can help with your trip
    let me know. The Capitol Dome is worth seeing for
    the art and you should have good weather to enjoy
    the trees. Also, many music city activities esp.
    the Ryman Auditorium. Let me know if I CAN
    HELP WITH THE TRIP – YOU ARE WONDERFUL. I am on
    the site because I am retired and just learning chess!!

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