Brooklyn Middle School wins US Chess Federation’s national high school championship

Meet the coolest kids on the block – James and his team mates.

No football or cheerleading here: these guys have no time to play around. They are chess masters.

On Sunday, their team representing Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, became the first middle school to win the United States Chess Federation’s national high school championship.

You read that right: it’s a high school championship and, for the first time, a middle school won it. Without any of the expensive private chess classes the students of the competing schools could afford. These guys did it simply with intelligence, dedication, lots of practicing.

No extra help. Because they are real heroes.

Even The New York Times thinks so.

(Photo credit: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times)