Kayin Barclay wins Illinois H.S. Championship!

Kayin Barclay, a 14-year old freshman led his high school Whitney Young to a city championship (March 12th) and the next week won the Illinois Denker Qualifier with a sparkling 4-1 score. Ranked 10th out of 14 players, he bested several strong players along the way, including National Master Jason Duncan and expert Chris Nienart.

Barclay will represent Illinois in the Denker tournament held in Phoenix, Arizona in conjunction with the U.S. Open. He is the first Black Illinoisan to represent the state in the Denker tournament which features the high school champions from the 50 states.

Back in 1979,
Melvin Alsberry of Carver H.S. won the Illinois State Individual title and represented Illinois in the U.S. Junior Open. The Denker tournament was not founded until 1984; thus,  Barclay has a chance to make new history.

Final Standings

Selected Games by Kayin Barclay

Kayin Barclay

Kayin Barclay

Editor's Note: R.O. Mitchell (1990) and Woody McClelland (1997) are Black players who have won the  U.S. Junior Open. However, the Denker consists ONLY of  state champions.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 19 March 2005