Tuesday, June 28, 2011

James A Black, Jr., in the New York Times

One Move Ahead of Opponents,

and Two Ahead of Trouble

It is impossible to miss that James Black Jr. is a chess champion when you walk into his home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Three trophies, each nearly three feet tall, sit on the floor in front of a fish tank. Other trophies crowd the floor in front of a living room cabinet that is covered with more trophies, many with medals dangling from them. There is an inlaid chess board on the coffee table in the center of the room with carved wooden pieces, and another board on the kitchen table.

James, 12, is a seventh grader at Intermediate School 318 in South Williamsburg, a perennial powerhouse in chess. Though the school’s teams have many talented players, James stands out.

full article


Leon Akpalu said...

Susan Polgar reposts this article, after editing out all references to Alexander Stripunsky, New York City, and the US Chess Federation.

chessdrummer said...

I loved the article. Great story and I like James' work ethic.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Chessdrummer

The kid works hard