NEW YORK — James Black Jr. is making all the right moves!
Black hopes to beat the record for the youngest American chess grandmaster, which is currently held at 14.
Black led the chess team from Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg to national championships in both the K-8 and K-9 divisions in April – and is only seven points away from the 2,200 needed to be named a master by the United States Chess Federation.
He needs to amass at least 2,600 points by continuing to win tournaments and score favorable results against existing grandmasters to receive that title.
As one of the few young African-American players to play on the national circuit, James wants to serve as a role model for others who want to take up the game.