Thursday, March 3, 2011

318 in the news: the "LeBron James of Chess" and American Teacher

photo courtesy Monroi

A quick glance at Justus Williams and he looks like a typical 12-year-old. He's quiet, loves Jay-Z and Lil' Wayne, and wears the latest and greatest Air Jordans.
However, Justus has a talent up his sleeve. He's an internationally ranked chess master and the youngest black chess master ever. Justus started playing the game while in an after school program called Chess in the Schools.

Read the rest of this fabulous article on Justus at NBC NY.

These beautiful photos are republished with kind permission from photographer Bruce Gilbert from a fantastic article in American Teacher on the team (scroll down to page 4).


Anonymous said...

Where did you get the cool cariatures of the world champions in the bottom picture?

Elizabeth Vicary said...

I bought them at the world open from the old guy from the former Yugoslavia for $15. The teacher before me had the US Presidents up along the top, so I figured I needed something. :)

SLucia said...

Can you tell me where you got the over-sized chess pieces?

Elizabeth Vicary said...

many thanks to Alan Stein for donating the oversized pieces!