A team of young black girls won the 13th Annual KCF All-Girls National Chess Championship on April 24.
The students on the team were from University Prep Science & Math Elementary and Middle Schools in Michigan competed: Jaidyn Hamilton and twin sister Jada; Lauren Bradford; Sa’Nya Burton; Gisele Motley and Charisse Wood.
Jada, a 13-year-old, said she was amazed that they won.
“I was pretty amazed,” 13-year-old Jada told the Detroit Press. “It’s hard to describe how I felt that day because I was really happy.”
It wasn’t the first time the chess club has competed in the event, but head coach Kevin Fite said placing first “was a significant win.”
“We’ve won a lot of other national tournaments, but we’ve never won this one. … We were considerably the underdog in that section,” Fite added.