Two of a kind may not win many poker hands, but in chess a pair it is certainly something to applaud. Chess not only has a pair of siblings, but a pair of twin siblings who have now found chess success at an early age. Nigel Bryant is the latest having broken the crucial 2000-level barrier. Nigel’s younger twin Jehron accomplished the feat earlier this year.
Nigel accomplished this feat at New York’s May Open scoring a respectable 2.5/4 featuring a draw with National Master Yevgeni Margulis. This is yet another of the promising talent that now makes way for the largest collection of Masters in the African-American community since the 80s. Kassa Korley has graduated on to reach 2300-level and is clearly on course to make International Master. There are a large cadre of Experts (2000-2199) mostly coming from the New York area. A couple are approaching Master level. This development is due to a rich chess culture, regular strong opposition and several programs that provide young players with an environment to reach their dreams.
Nigel has been encouraged by his peers and wrote a very warm comment to his twin,
As your twin brother you know that I’m supporting you 101%. I will not be shocked to see Jehron Bryant holding the National Masters title soon. I’m very proud of you and I’ll be up there soon, you can count on it.
Now Nigel has joined his brother and several of his friends, notably Justus Williams and Josh Colas, two of the most promising talents who are U.S. All-Americans. Derrick Bryant made these comments about the twins.
Inspired by his twin brother’s accomplishment last December, when Jehron reached 2007, plus the inspiring words from your bloggers, I’ve never seen Nigel worked that hard to attain such accomplishment. Like what I’ve written before, your site with your inspiring words especially to our young has such a positive influence. I guess with the right amount of push, parental support and guidance, with enough motivation, one can achieve what they want in life much sooner than later. Expect more positive things to come from the Bryant twins as they plan to soar much higher this summer as they are graduating in 1 week from middle school, after being inducted to National Junior Honor Society.
Perhaps the biggest fan of the Nigel and Jehron would be Belinda Pura, the proud mother of the 13-year olds. A native of the Philippines, she stated that the country would be reading accomplishments of her sons. Given the rich chess talent that the country produces, Filipinos can claim an “assist” here. Both of the Bryant twins will be at the World Open in a couple of weeks to make an impact amongst the 1200 players scheduled to compete.