Chess, Anyone? Amadi & Josiah – RIISE Chess Ambassador’s

Ebony Tyler is one proud mama! A matter of fact, she is still on ‘cloud 9’ after her sons showed off their chess skills taking home a championship.
RIISE asked Ebony, mom of two boys of color attending Columbia Grammar & Prep School and organizer of upcoming Spring Break College Tour, to take advantage of her bragging rights. Congrats Amadi, Josiah, and Ebony. RIISE is proud!!

Chess Champions Amadi & Josiah Utak

Chess Champions
Amadi & Josiah Utak

by Ebony Tyler
A day in the life of chess players…
Amadi Utak CGPS 3rd grade, became co-city champion in the Primary Novice section at the 48th Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships this past Sunday at the Brooklyn Marriott, after a difficult tournament at Nationals in Orlando last month.  Amadi worked hard these past 3 weeks, attending sunrise chess at CGPS, playing pick up games with his younger brother Josiah, and spending Winter Break watching chess movies like Brooklyn Castles & Finding Bobby Fischer with his grandfather in Georgia. Amadi was victorious in the end,  having a perfect score of 5 wins at Chess City Championship Tournament.  We are very proud of Amadi and his team. CGPS brought home a team victory also, scoring 1st place in the Primary Novice section.

Amadi and Josiah Utak are RIISE chess ambassadors, their goal is to spread their love of chess to all.


How cool is that? RIISE has chess ambassadors. Looks like an instant poll situation…anyone interested in peer to peer chess instruction for their lower school children?
Chess, Anyone? Instant Poll

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  1. Takisia
    Posted January 17, 2014 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Amadi and Josiah!!

    From a fellow chess mom and fan of the game.


  2. Gina Parker Collins
    Posted January 18, 2014 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    We want to get an idea of who wants their lower school student to participate in peer tutoring for chess. To express interest please go to this link

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