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Justice Williams vs Chikwere Onyekwere during Battle of the Masters. Photo by Damien Coppedge.

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United States Master Chess League Celebrates African American Chess Players

Inez Kelley founded the United States Master Chess League (USMCL) in honor of her brother, who passed away in 2019, he was a chess advocate. This is the first year USMCL has been a full-fledge league. It evolved from the Battle of the Masters, a competition between the top master level chess players in New York City in 2023.