Monday, March 26, 2007

12 Year Old Girl Rocks the Chess Board

Check out today's Womens E News article on a 12 year old girl from Brooklyn who rocks the Chess Board. I love the image of Darian beating all the guys at chess in the park.

Young Chess Queen Makes Her Moves

By Angeli Rasbury - WeNews correspondent

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--Darrian Robinson, 12, plays chess on the Internet, trains with a coach in school, travels extensively and completes her homework.

She also smiles and buzzes with excitement when she talks about chess and beams when she recounts her achievements in the sport.

Darrian, ranked third among girls under 13 in the United States, says she doesn't like spending time in malls or getting her hair or nails done. She looks forward to competitions, wants to be an oncologist because her grandfather died from cancer and enjoys learning to play guitar.

When she was younger, her father, Darran Robinson, took her to parks near her home in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she watched older people play chess and then started taking her seat at the boards. At first she lost over and over. But now she beats her father as well as almost anybody who sits across from her, both in and out of the parks where she first glared at a chess board.

The role her father played in her chess training echoes that of another African American chess star, Baraka Shabazz. When Shabazz was living with her family in a cabin in Alaska, her father gave her a chess set and his time across the board. She began to beat her father, a competitive player, repeatedly. In the 1980s Shabazz participated in the U.S. Women's Championship at age 15 and represented the United States in the Under-16 World Championships in England.

Last year Darrian represented the United States at the World Youth Chess Tournament in 2006 in the Democratic Republic of Georgia. She was the only African American from the United States. It is common for her to be the only black competitor. At nationals, boys can outnumber girls 15 or 20-to-1. At invitationals, such as the World Youth Chess Tournament, girls and boys are equally represented.

rest of the article can be found here: http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/3109

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