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The Baltimore Kids Chess League has a 2017 USCF National Chess Champion. 
Cahree Myrick, a 7th grader at Roland Park had a perfect 7-0 score to win a national chess championship in Nashville today. 
There were 249 players from 28 states in his K-8 u1000 section. 
Cahree started playing chess in elementary school in another BKCL program at the Green School. 
BKCL has produced three national team championships but Cahree is the first BKCL player ever to win an individual USCF national champion. 
Congratulations to Roland Park Coach Lesa Horne and Principal Nick DAmbrosio.

Read more about Cahree here in a Baltimore Sun article!

04.29.17 Results from the BKCL Tournament

BKCL  held its first tournament ever with all three age divisions competing - elementary, middle and high school. In the elementary novice section Gardenville edged Highlandtown with the Green School third. In the middle school citywide championship Cross Country outdistanced the field with Mt. Washington second and Highlandtown third. In the HS citywide championship it came down to the last match where Poly edged City for the championship. The elementary citywide championships will be held May 24 at Hopkins University.

Teams going to Nationals include Cross Country, Mt. Washington, Roland Park and Poly. Individual players are also competing at Nationals from Baltimore Montessori, City Neighbors and City College. In total BKCL is sending 50 players - its largest contingent ever at Nationals.

03.18.17 BIG NEWS! BKCL teams set a new record at Maryland State Competitiion

BKCL teams set a new record for our program yesterday at the MD Elementary Chess Championships. In 2015 our teams won 5 team trophies, in 2016 they won 6 team trophies and yesterday they captured 8 team trophies. But this is not the most exciting news. The traditional BKCL chess powerhouse teams (Cross Country, Roland Park, Baltimore Montessori, Mt. Washington, Green School) won 7 of these trophies. The most exciting news is about the 8th trophy -
It was earned by Highlandtown EMS #237. This school just started a chess team last season and won our 2016 BKCL citywide elementary championship last May (see attached photo). We encouraged the two coaches (Kimberly and Anne were honored as our Rookies of the Year at the Brain Builders Banquet last May)  to take their kids to a rated USCF tournament this year. Didn't know they would wait until States - the biggest and most contested tournament of the year. The tournament yesterday was the first rated tournament for Highlandtown ever and they were in the largest section with 25 teams and 130 players from public and private schools across the state. Cross Country took 9th in this section, Mt. Washington took 8th and the Green School took 5th. Highlandtown took second place in this most competitive section. Finishing second in the States in your first rated tournament is just an amazing accomplishment because almost every other team in had rated players that have played at States before.

3/4/2017 BKCL Novice Tournament Results!

The BKCL held its first novice tournament of the year on Saturday and two schools dominated the proceedings. In the elementary section Highlandtown EMS tied with Cross Country EMS for top spot with Hampstead Hill Academy in third out of 18 schools. In the middle school  section Cross Country took top honors with Highlandtown in second and Hamilton EMS in third out of 6 schools. Only two players managed perfect scores for the day - Dajia Whitt from Gardenville ES and Jordan Dia from Hamilton EMS. The second novice tournament of the season will be held on April 1 at Roland Park EMS.

05/25/16 BKCL Elementary Citywide Championship Results: First-Year Team Takes Team Prize

The  BKCL Elementary School Citywide Championships were held at the Johns Hopkins Glass Pavilion with 102 competitors from 26 city schools. In the closest team finish ever, Highlandtown EMS edged Roland Park EMS with Baltimore Montessori EMS and the Green School tying for third. Several schools had multiple citywide champions including Highlandtown (3), Roland Park (3), Waverly (3), Maree Farring (2) and Gardenville (2). This was an exciting win for the Highlandtown Hawks since they were a first year team. Congratulations go to rookie coaches Kristin Barnes and Kimberly Thomas !!!


Steve Alpern

Commissioner, Baltimore Kids Chess League


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