Cass Tech student qualifies for world chess championship

September 13, 2019, 7:58 AM

A Detroit student is representing Team USA in a global chess competition for the second year in a row.

Charisse Woods, a freshman at Cass Tech, will be the only chess player from Michigan at the World Youth Chess Championship in India later this month. She participated in the same event last year in Greece.

The Sept. 28 competition crowns 12 winners across different age brackets. Woods' tells Fox 2 her goal this year is to place in the top 20.

The TV station caught up with the teen yesterday as she trained in the Detroit elementary school where she was introduced to the game.

"I really [liked] the challenge of it and how I got to meet new people," she said.

And then something happened.

"I started winning a lot more and I guess that's kind of what kept me going," she said.

Read more:  Fox 2 Detroit

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