Diamond Shakoor has been trodding a path since she was seven years old having learned the moves from her father, Abdul Shakoor. This path has taken her through more than 240 tournaments leaving a trail of promise to her goal of chess prominence. The 14-year old has been featured on these pages of The Chess Drum countless times as well as being the interview subject of many TV, radio and newspaper outlets.
Despite her prolific accomplishments, her biggest challenge has not been her opponent on the other end of the 64 squares. Like many aspiring chess masters, the problem is usually securing the funds needed to fulfill her dreams. Raised by a single father, Diamond entered her teen years with a lot of promise and dreams.
One of her dreams is competing on the national and international circuit. Last year her father launched a campaign to raise funds for his daughter’s chess development and more specifically, to compete in the World Youth Championships in Athens, Greece from October 24th – November 5th. She has a schedule of events that she is seeking financial assistance for. Help make her dreams come true!