Charisse Woods off to India for WYCC

Charisse Woods
Photo by Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press

Charisse Woods had her moment in the national spotlight when she was honored with five other Detroit girls in the All-Girls National Championship three years ago. At the time she was a 5th grader at University Prep Science & Math Elementary. Since then she has moved on to join four of the other girls at Cass Tech.

Woods will head to India for a big test at the World Youth Chess Championships in Mumbai, India. Last year she attended the same tournament in Chalkidiki, Greece and scored 4.5/11. Woods has been one of the bright spots in Detroit scholastic chess participating since she was in the second grade at Chrysler Elementary.


“The community definitely helps a lot.”
~ Charisse Woods


Kevin Fite has been the catalyst for chess advancement in the Detroit area and was Woods’ first coach. She eventually became the top player in the club and gained confidence to continue. It also helped her to sharpen her analytical skills and she aspires to be an engineer.

Woods hopes to continue to improve in quest of her goal to become a National Master. This trip would not have been possible without support from the larger Detroit community. The event will take place October 1st-14th, 2019 at the Renaissance Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai.

Official: worldyouthchess.com

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.

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