New York Times features Parrilla & Robinson!
Darrian Robinson and Medina Parrilla featured in New York Times. Photo by Michelle Agins.

A couple of weeks ago, both Medina Parrilla and Darrian Robinson were featured in a story on the United States Chess Federation website. The story was penned by Women's International Master Jennifer Shahade and showed the two girls taking lessons from Grandmaster Maurice Ashley. This a breakthrough because it represents the passing of the baton of knowledge from a historic figure to two girls making history. Both Medina and Darrian are subjects of Dylan McClain's story ("A Notable Chess Journey for Talented New York Girls") in October 12th edition of the New York Times.

Both girls have qualified to compete in the World Youth Team Championship in Batumi, the Republic of Georgia and it will mark the first time that two girls of African descent will compete in the same year. There have been a few others before (
Baraka Shabazz, Bernadette Reddick, Parrilla), but never two at the same time. The New York Times explains the challenges of competing at top scholastic levels. In fact, the two girls have struggled to raise funds for the trip. This article shows that there are great stories yet to have been told, but it is important to support these young talents so that the stories can keep coming.

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Posted by The Chess Drum: 13 October 2006