Justus Williams is K8 co-champ!

Dewain Barber with co-champs Michael Brown & Justus Williams. Photo by Melinda Matthews.

Justus Williams shared joint 1st with Michael Brown at the K-8 Championship during the U.S. Open in Orlando. Justus finished on a sparkling 5.5/6 to push his USCF rating to 2265. He beat Cadet champion Arthur Shen in an exciting game. According to reports from US Chess, Justus chose the game against Jeevan Karamsetty.

Latisha Ballard told The Chess Drum that Justus will be taking a trip to South Africa on August 12th with Jonathan Corbblah to teach chess for David MacNulty’s “Moves for Life” chess initiative. This will be his first trip to Africa and will certainly be a formative experience for him at age 13. He certainly will have lots to say to his classmates at IS-318.

Standings: https://www.alchess.com/chess/11/usopen/?page=STANDINGS&xsection=barber

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.


  1. Good job Justus!

    Isn’t he 13 now? He broke the record at age 12 years 3 months, wasn’t that last September?

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