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From Detroit To International

September 15, 2019

BY Minyetta Nelson

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  The ninth-grader at Cass Technical High School, Charisse Woods is getting ready to head to Mumbai, India to compete in the World Youth Chess Championship. The ninth-grader at Cass Technical High School first learned to play chess when she was just 7 years old. She’s making big moves in the chess world and she’s just 14! Up next at 5, meet Charisse Woods. She’s a 9th grader at Cass Tech who’s heading to the World Youth Chess Championship in Mumbai, India. She's heading to India on Sept. 28. Kevin Fite was the teen's first coach when she was a second-grader. He oversees all the chess programs in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. According to the district, Woods is the only Detroiter ever to not only qualify but go to the world competition. This is also her second consecutive year doing so.