Chess. It's considered the ultimate "thinking person's game." Just because it may not be as "flashy" as football or basketball, doesn't mean that it's not exciting to watch. Whether the game goes for 10 minutes or 6 hours, chess is one of those rare games that challenges the mind like no other.
Joshua Colas is just one example of an African-American chess whiz who can't get enough of the game. This trail-blazing teen has been racking up national championship awards since he took up the game at the tender age of 7. In 2011, Colas (along with Justus Williams and James Black Jr.) made history by EACH becoming a chess master BEFORE the age of 13. It's an accomplishment that less than 2% of the nearly 50,000 members of The U.S. Chess Federation EVER achieve; much less African-American kids. It's no wonder that these three boys have the chess world "buzzing."
In this interview, I chat with Guy Colas (Joshua's dad) to learn how chess has greatly benefitted his son as well as valuable tips on how to raise a chess champion.