Saturday, September 14, 2019

Detroit Public School Chess Prodigy Charisse Woods

I have always enjoyed playing chess. I wish I were better at it. One person who is better at it than I and likely to improve more in the future is  Charisse Woods, a ninth grader at Detroit's Cass Technical High School. 

Woods is leaving for Mumbai, India to compete in the World Youth Chess Championship. In other words..she's a really good chess player. She will be the only chess player from Michigan representing Team USA.

Charisse Woods is getting ready to head to Mumbai, India to compete in the World Youth Chess Championship. The ninth-grader at Cass Technical High School first learned to play chess when she was just 7 years old. She says she loves how the game keeps you thinking.

"There's like trillions of different positions," Woods said. "The game is so dynamic. It changes so often. I love the challenge, getting to travel and meeting new people."


She's heading to India on Sept. 28. Kevin Fite was the teen's first coach when she was a second-grader. He oversees all the chess programs in the Detroit Public Schools Community District.


According to the district, Woods is the only Detroiter ever to not only qualify but go to the world competition. This is also her second consecutive year doing so.

Fite says she's always been hungry and eager to excel at the game.

"She works when most people are probably sleeping or playing," he said.


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