National Chess Champion is a Baltimore 7th Grader

Last week, Cahree Myrick won the National Chess Championship. The Baltimore City Schools 7th grader beat hundreds of other students to take the top prize.

“I expected to do well, but I didn’t expect to win the whole thing,” Myrick said.


The Roland Park team practices four days a week after school. Myrick’s coach even gives them homework to stay sharp.

“They work hard during the school year and everybody wants to be on the team and wants to go, so we try to take as many as we can,” said teacher Annett Zimmer.

Roland Park Middle School has won the national title twice as a team. Four other students from Roland Park went to nationals. As a team, they placed 13th out of more than 40 teams.

Cahree, whose been playing since 1st grade, says the strategy is his favorite part of the game.

“I think [my favorite part it] practice and studying the board,” Myrick said. “Because in order to be successful, you need to know tactics, you need to know all of the rules.”

Reported by Devin Bartollota of CBS Baltimore. Watch Cahree coach Devin in chess here.

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