Chess player Desmoine Bennett wins Be Someone community tournament – On Common Ground News
Top in the photo: first place winner Desmoine Bennett, 14
Bas LR: Second place winner Marcus Harris, 9, and third winners Steve Sadiq, 9, and David “DJ” Dorsey, 14
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA– Desmoine Bennett, 14, knocked out all of his competition in a chess tournament hosted by Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, founder of the DeKalb County-based Be Someone mentorship program. The Be Someone program uses chess to train and teach students life skills.
Bennett, a student at Champion Middle School, stood out in the online tournament as the only female to participate in the predominantly male event. She won the top prize of $ 175, along with a chess board and other prizes.
“She (Bennett) has a penchant for chess. One day, she will be grown up. She played me and almost knocked me out, ”said Hudson.
The tournament, which took place in May, culminated with the Hudson’s 8-week “Chess for Success” online spring camp, which was offered free to DeKalb County youth aged 6 to 18 by the through the DeKalb Office of Youth Services.
Hudson said the camp is open to both boys and girls and he’s excited to welcome more and more girls who want to not only learn to play chess but also compete.
“I train students to be critical thinkers. They learn to become world class chess players. I hope to get them to participate in the Global Open Chess Tournament on July 4, 2022, which will be held in Philadelphia, ”said Hudson.
9-year-old Marcus Harris won second prize in the tournament of $ 125 and $ 100 for a rap competition called “Get in the Game”. Harris is a student at Evansdale Elementary School in DeKalb and has been playing chess for about a year, Hudson said.
Hudson said there were two students who placed third in the tournament and each won $ 75:
Steve Sadiq, 9, a student at Sagamore Hills Elementary School. Sadiq has been playing chess for about a year, Hudson said.
David “DJ” Dorsey, 14, a homeschooler was introduced to the game of chess at the Sue Kellogg Library in DeKalb County. Dorsey was around 8 when he started playing chess, her mother said.
“We had really dynamic kids in the program. It is an opportunity for them to learn and have fun. They can participate in the tournament if they wish, but it is not mandatory, ”said Hudson.
Hudson is currently accepting registrations for the “Chess for Success” camp, which began on June 5th. He said the free camp will end on July 31 with a chess tournament, offering cash and other freebies.
More information is available from DeKalb Youth Services offices: