Diamond Abdus-Shakoor played in the Susan Polgar All-Girls Chess Challenge last year and won her group with a perfect 7-0 score. With this came a digital clock and a laptop computer! Diamond recently competed in the Polgar tournament and had another triumphant outing. The 9-year old, 3rd grade student traveled to Arizona with the support of her community and took home three honors:
- 1st Place: Girls Blitz, 7/10
- 2nd Place: Open Girls, Grades 3-5, 6/7
- 2nd Place: Bughouse (out of 15 teams)
Her father Abdul Abdus-Shakoor stated, “Diamond was the only African American Female to attend the Tournament for the 2nd year in a row out of 300 students!” Girls of African descent have traditionally done well in Polgar’s tournaments over the years showing that chess is more balanced amongst the girls competition… although children of Asian ancestry typically dominate scholastic chess.