HBCU Chess

  • HBCU Chess Spotlight: Alan Cowan

    Alan Cowan was co-valedictorian of Morehouse College’s 2023 graduating class. He kindled an intense interest in finance and now works in venture capital for Mosaic General Partnership in San Francisco. Apart from his academic achievements, he executed one of the most potentially impactful ideas in American chess. In 2020, Cowan…

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  • Reflections on the 2024 HBCU Chess Classic

    Nearly a month has passed since the HBCU Chess Classic ended in Atlanta, Georgia. Held April 20th and 21st, it was the second edition of an important movement for chess at “HBCUs” or Historically-Black Colleges & Universities. Certainly, getting chess on more HBCU campuses may help students see the intrinsic…

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  • HBCU Chess Spotlight: Spelman College

    Jamila Thompson is a graduating senior at Spelman College. The native New Yorker was taught chess by her father and continued her passion as a collegiate. While at Spelman, she joined other chess players in the Atlanta University Center (AUC) to match wits. Morehouse College hosted the club meetings and…

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  • HBCU Chess Spotlight: Hampton University

    Hampton University traveled 22 hours to the 2024 HBCU Chess Classic in Atlanta after a last-minute effort by the Hampton Alumni Association to fund their travel. As Breon McCray III described it, they nearly had to nix the trip when they could not raise the requisite funds to travel. They…

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  • HBCU Chess Spotlight: North Carolina A&T

    North Carolina A&T Aggies, 1st place team (2024 HBCU Chess Classic)Photo by Daaim Shabazz/The Chess Drum Dressed in their North Carolina A&T gear, “Aggie Pride” was on full display at the 2024 HBCU Chess Classic. Currently the largest HBCU, the Aggies rode six hours from North Carolina to Atlanta to…

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  • HBCU Chess Spotlight: Howard University

    Howard University has a long and esteemed history as an institution. One of the most well-known universities in the country, it also doubles as a premier HBCU (Historically Black College and University). There is also a very long history in terms of chess. Journalist Jamaal Abdul-Alim gave a presentation to…

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  • Meet the Kings & Queens of HBCU Chess!

    HBCU Chess has a long but largely undocumented history. During the 2024 HBCU Chess Classic hosted by The Black Odyssey, six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (known as “HBCUs”) gathered to participate in the 2nd annual event. Hampton, Howard, Morehouse, and North Carolina A&T, each fielded two teams. While Florida…

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  • 2024 HBCU Chess Classic (Atlanta, GA)

    Participants at the 2023 HBCU Chess ClassicPhoto by TBO Chess Society All roads will lead to Atlanta for the 2nd Annual HBCU Chess Classic! Teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities will send their best players to compete for prizes 2024 HBCU Chess Classic April 20th-21st, 2024Georgia Institute of Technology…

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  • Reflections on the 1st HBCU Chess Classic

    On April 22nd, the 1st HBCU Classic took place at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. Students from nine different Historically-Black Colleges and Universities (“HBCUs”) came to participate in a historic event highlighting the importance of targeting overlooked segments of the global chess community. It was a beautiful event from…

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  • US Chess on HBCU Chess

    Participants of the 2023 HBCU Chess Classic at Morris Brown CollegePhoto by Daaim Shabazz Dear Chess Community,The HBCU Chess Classic took place on April 22nd and many noted figures in the African-American chess community were in attendance. US Chess was also represented by Melinda Matthews who did a number of…

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