Castle Hill Elementary students, McKhaila McKenzie, Erykah Shaw and Shyan Braswell brought home a national second-place ranking at the 11th Annual Kasparov Chess Foundation All-Girls National Championship in Chicago. The trio defeated fierce competitors from public and private schools across the country.
“This was one of the most astounding performances of rising to an occasion of intense pressure I ever witnessed,” McKenzie said. “Their second-place finish at a national tournament is a testament to the hope that our children can accomplish anything they desire if they listen humbly, work hard and do their best,” Robert McKenzie, their coach and teacher who taught them the game. McKenzie is a veteran teacher who has served at Castle Hill Elementary for 18 years.
The Kasparov National Championship is the most prestigious chess event for female players under the age of 18.
From left to right: McKhaila McKenzie, Shyan Braswell, United States Chess Federation President Ruth Haring, Erykah Shaw, Coach Robert McKenzie