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Friday, March 23, 2012

Meeting Youngest African-American Chess Master Justus Williams

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Hello everyone,

This is a nice interview with teenager Justus Williams from Bronx who has become the youngest African-American chess player to be awarded the title of Chess Master in the United States. 

Williams sat down with the Norwood News at IS 318, the Brooklyn middle school he attends, which boasts a nationally ranked chess team, to talk about his past tournament in Brazil, his favorite chess piece, and his secrets to match preparation.

Speaking about chess preparation, he says, "I look at my opponents’ past games, see what they’re good at and see what openings they had trouble with. I would build a database for them, and try to get the best position, so I felt that I had a good edge." He says he started playing chess at P.S. 70 (in the Bronx) with the Bronx Bomber chess team. "I didn’t really know how to play, but my mom was just pushing me to do it. I moved to IS 318 (in Brooklyn) in 2009, because it would be a good chess team, and I felt that I should be challenged. I’m glad now that there are more people into chess than just me. Now, playing [with my classmates] is a challenge. I will probably win, but it’s challenging. I used to not study a lot, but now I’ve gotten more serious about chess and I’m trying to study an hour a day, like reading books and looking at top games. I used to just play in tournaments and think that it was helping me but it really wasn’t."

Find out more about this talented chess teenager here.

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