Josh Colas had an interview with Jennifer Shahade and “Chess Scoop” where he talked about his progress as a player. Back in December, Josh broke the age record for a Black player reaching National Master. That record has been held broken several of times since Walter Harris (pictured right) was the first Black player to every reach that ranking. Harris was about 17 or 18 when he became master in the late 50s or early 60s.
Several players have become Master at varying ages, but Howard Daniels of Vaux lowered the record to 15 years, 4 months. Since then the record has been broken by K.K. Karanja, Dr. Woody McClelland, Kassa Korley, Justus Williams and now Josh. The 12-year old All-American chess player said in the interview that he had worked hard and is proud of the record. Below is the interview.