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.



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