Jessica Hyatt, a chess champion from Brooklyn, New York, was just awarded a $40,000 college scholarship, and intends to be the first black woman chess master in the world. The 15-year-old is currently in the group of top 10 black women chess players in the nation, and spends five to seven hours each day playing the game.
She is a sophomore at Success Academy, known for its elite chess program, and her coaches, David Mbonu and Tyrell Harriott, took a liking to her when they first met her five years ago. "The first thing she did when class was over," remembers Mbonu, is she walked up to me and asked, 'Can I play you?' There has never been a black woman player to break the master ranking, and that's what Jessica is going for."
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