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A 12-year-old boy from Baltimore, Maryland has won the title of the first-ever national youth chess champion, reports The Baltimore Sun.

From The Baltimore Sun:

Cahree [Myrick] went a remarkable 7-0 in Nashville two weeks ago to win his division at the United States Chess Federation SuperNationals…The Baltimore Kids Chess League, in which he [Myrick] plays, touted his victory as perfection. Mayor Catherine Pugh honored Cahree [who plays with the Baltimore Kids Chess League] and his teammates at City Hall Wednesday. And the Baltimore Orioles invited him to Camden Yards Friday…

To do so [win an individual title,] he had to outscore 249 players from 28 states in his division. Eighty-nine players from Maryland competed in more than 20 divisions. Cahree [who also teaches his younger brother Lohgan Spears to play the game] was the only player to finish in the top five in his division.

Myrick — who is a straight-A student-athlete at Roland Park Middle School in Baltimore — loves to practice and study the chess board. His Roland Park team has practices four days each week during after-school hours and has had four other students take a trip to nationals, reports CBS Baltimore.

SOURCE: The Baltimore SunCBS Baltimore


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5 thoughts on “This 12-Year-Old Baltimore Chess Champion Exemplifies Black Excellence

  1. SheCat 54 on said:

    Keep it up young brown skin. Stay with your culture no dirty peckerwood or other race other then your own deserves you. We need more of our youth to show theses grown and young peckerwoods, that they are not all that as a matter of fact they are really DUMB!!!

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Black EXCELLENCE is right; you go young Mr. Myrick. These are the stories that should be front and center everyday instead of all the other ratchet foolishness.

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