Colas shares Nat’l Youth crown!

Josh Colas

Scholastic standout Josh Colas continues to climb. Last weekend, Josh got his first taste of a National crown after tying for first in the National Youth Action tournament. He scored 7.5/9 and shared the K-9 crown with Kevin Cao and Jialin Ding. All three are near the top of players in their age categories and are in the top 4% of all players in the country (all ages).

Named to the All-American chess team last month, Josh also won the K-12 blitz with 9/10. The tournament was held in Oakbrook, Illinois and attracted 497 players. Guy Colas, the proud father of Josh, mentioned that he and his son met another star in Isaiah Gadson from St. Louis. Gadson scored 7/9 for joint second. Players are getting stronger at much faster rates. Josh is on course to shatter the record for youngest Black U.S. Master.

USCF: https://main.uschess.org/content/view/9884/562/
Results: https://nya2009.com/individresults.html

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

10 Comments

  1. Congratulations Josh!!!! You have achieved so much in so little time. That could only mean that the best is yet to come. Keep up the GREAT work.
    p.s. MOMMIE YA said she also wants to congratulate you on your success.

  2. Latisha,
    Josh was really happy to hear from you and appreciates your sincere acknowlegement. Pete, Josh really enjoyed the reflection you brought up before the Blitz Match, it was invigorating! He also wants to thank you for your continued support.

  3. Both Justus and Josh will now encourage and support each other. I believe both of them can become Grandmasters, if they chose to go in that direction. I will try not to put too much pressure on them with all the coverage. 🙂 However, I am considering creating another page just for scholastic news because they are keeping me busy.

  4. Felicitations Josh!
    You have garnered great achievements – much deserved successes………………………….”a mark of distinction.”

  5. HI ALL IM A LONG TIME CHESS PLAYER FROM BROOKLYN NEWYORK. HEY KEEP PLAYING CHESS AND MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE……P.E.A.C.E.

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