New York is in the midst of a youth movement in chess. Robert Hess and Alexander Lenderman are the most recent teen stars to join Grandmaster ranks, but there are a couple of others who have those aspirations.
Justus Williams and Josh Colas are two of the hottest stars in scholastic chess today. Both are 11-years old and are blazing a path to the National Master title. Both were recently named to the 2010 All-American team and have ambitions to earn the coveted Grandmaster title.
Both Justus and Josh, at 11 years old, are outstanding scholastic players and both would like to become Grandmasters. The two scholastic All-Americans will square off in a seven-game blitz match in New York City.
Justus has scored recent successes and now has a rating of 2130. Josh has also improved rapidly and is now at 2080. Both players are the sons of proud parents and have sacrificed to support their chess endeavors. They have done a wonderful job! Josh attends Highland Middle School in White Plains, NY. Justus attends Eugenio Maria De Hostos – I.S. 318 in Brooklyn, NY.
With all the excitement about these two young stars, organizer Shaala Hill has put together a “Young Lions” blitz battle featuring the two prodigies for Saturday, October 24th, 2009 at 3:00pm. The event will be held at Starbucks Coffee Shop at 13-25 Astor Place in New York City. Justus and Josh have played each other only once and the game ended in a draw. These two will be battling for years to come!
This seven-game match will headline the “Men Who Would Be Kings” legends match featuring “Po” and “Ralphie”, two blitz sharks. Po recently beat Sammy in a 21-game match and has accepted the challenge from Rafael “Ralphie” Calderon and will also square off at Starbucks. According to Hill, the Young Lions will at least 30 minutes before the legends, so that they can get prime attention.
There will be modest prizes including trophies donated by Chess in the Schools’ Shaun Smith. Hill invites all to come out and enjoy the battle!