Detroit Chess revs up Motor City

Kevin Fite continues to create opportunities for Detroit youth in the hard-scrabble Midwestern metropolis. Fite is one of the principal founder of the Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC) and has great support from Detroit Institute of Arts where he holds events.

Coach Bryan Wilson, Sr. addresses the audience during DCCC event. Photo by Detroit City Chess Club.

Coach Bryan Wilson, Sr. addresses the audience during DCCC event. DCCC founder Kevin Fite looks on at right. Photo by Detroit City Chess Club.

Michaela White of Detroit International Academy honored by WDIV's Chauncey Glover and Councilman James Tate. Photo by Detroit City Chess Club.

Michaela White of Detroit International Academy honored by WDIV’s Chauncey Glover and Councilman James Tate. Photo by Detroit City Chess Club.

Fite has been a tireless organizer for the DCCC for a decade and has hosted a number of guest (myself included) to Detroit to interact with his students. On Friday nights, dozens of his students assemble at the Detroit Institute of Arts to engage in chess battle. The idea is for the students to gain discipline, enhance social skills and to sharpen problem-solving skills.

In a recent article by Laura Berman, there were several testimonies to the work Fite does. There was even a reference to Debbie Dingell who shared Fite’s successful program with Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michell Obama. President Barack Obama has been on record as supporting these types of activities.

Azola Martin of Detroit City Chess Club. Photo by Ricardo Thomas/The Detroit News.

Azola Martin of Detroit City Chess Club.
Photo by Ricardo Thomas/The Detroit News.

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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.

5 Comments

    1. Great pics. I wondered if Kayin Barclay still played. He’s such a great talent. Thank God for Daaim & The Chess Drum! It keeps me updated on a lot in the chess world especially Black chess!

  1. Well done Bryan say whats up to the Legedary John Brooks and the Detroit Risers!!! Sup, Realdeal , hi Diamond!!!

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