Detroit Girls Chess Team Places First in National Championship.

Detroit Chess

An all-girl chess team from Detroit’s University Prep Science & Math scored a major win earlier this week.

The 14-member team, that includes Jaidyn Hamilton and twin sister Jada; Lauren Bradford; Sa’Nya Burton; Gisele Motley and Charisse Wood won the 13th Annual KCF All-Girls National Chess Championship on April 24.

“I was pretty amazed,” said 13-year-old Hamilton. “It’s hard to describe how I felt that day because I was really happy.”

This wasn’t the team’s first victory, but coach Kevin Fite tells The Detroit News that placing first “was a significant win.” Fite also adds that the chess team was a considerable “underdog.”

The KCF Championships are described as the “largest and most prestigious tournament in the USA for girls under the age of 18.”