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Meet the 15-Year-Old Brooklyn Chess Champion Who Just Won A $40K College Scholarship

Jessica Hyatt — a Brooklyn chess champion — was just awarded a $40,000 college scholarship with aims to become the first Black woman chess master in the world, according to CBS New York . Hyatt is currently in the group of top 10 Black women chess players in the nation and dedicates five to seven hours a day playing the game. The 15-year-old is already close to making history as she joins other young Black chess champions, Cabree Myrick and Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi. “I play whenever I get the chance, like my free time, like during my classes, like sometimes during classes,” said Jessica. A current sophomore at Success Academy, known for its elite chess program, Jessica’s coaches, David Mbonu and Tyrell Harriott, took a liking to her immediately when they met just five years ago. “The first thing she did right around when class was over is she walked up to me, and she was like, ‘Can I play you?’ and I remember, I was like, ‘oh,’ said Mbonu. “There has never been a Black woman player...

Shanique Yates

Oct 28, 2020