James Black, Jr.
Photo by Polly Wright.
The National K-12 Championships in Dallas, Texas kicked off with blitz tournaments. James Black of IS 318 won the K-6 section while Raven Sturt of Bronx Science took first in the K-12.
Friday, December 11, kicked off the first full day of competition. New York will be well-represented and Black will be with a large contingent of teammates from Brooklyn I.S. 318.
Black is a rising star and is fast approaching “Expert” level. He is one of several bright stars in the Black community from the New York area. Justin Williams and Josh Colas will also be competing against Black in the 6th grade section.
(Update: Black won the K6 blitz (11/12) AND the K6 open section of 102 players. At 1858, Black was near the top, but below three Experts and several strong “A” players. He beat Kyle Shin (2066) of California in the last round to take 1st place with 6.5/7!)