Meet the lady who became the youngest Black female undefeated National Chess champion at 8

Meet the lady who became the youngest Black female undefeated National Chess champion at 8

- Diamond Shakoor, made history when she became the youngest African-American female to go undefeated in a National Chess competition

- Then at the age of 8 years, she clinched that feat in 2009

- Now, Shakor aims at becoming a female chess world champion

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In 2009, 8-year-old Diamond Shakoor of Columbus, Ohio, printed her name in the sands of time when she became the youngest African-American female to go undefeated in a National Chess competition.

According to blackhistory.com, she has since participated in over 250 tournaments and is a seven-time national champion.

Shakoor assimilated knowledge of the game at the Urban Kings & Queens Chess Academy and has since been pursuing excellence.

Her goal is to become the first and youngest African-American female chess grandmaster.

While she has always loved playing chess, she admits that the game is ‘‘like a battle.’’

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Her dad, Abdul Shakoor, who has two master's degrees and teaches courses on chess, has been Diamond’s teacher since she was about 7 years old.

Despite his years of experience and knowledge in the game, he admits that Diamond can now beat him.

He says Diamond is ‘‘incredibly tough to beat.’’

Abdul believes her daughter is ‘'going to be a female world champion,'' and Diamond thrives in the same positive vibes.

Earlier in 2020, YEN.com.gh reported that at 15, Tyla-Simone Crayton, a home-schooled teen prodigy and entrepreneur who hails from Houston, Texas, operates her own business called Sienna Sauce.

Nicknamed the Sauce Boss, Tyla-Simone Crayton created the recipe for the uniquely-flavored sauce when she was just 8-years old. Now, she is selling the award-winning sauce online through multiple distributors and she earns $8,000 (GHC42,919.89) a month!

Tyla-Simone, who grew up in New York, has always loved the hot sauce at her favorite chicken wings spot in the city and since the restaurant closed, she tried to replicate the taste of the sauce. She was just 8 years old then and her mother, Monique Crayton, was initially hesitant about the idea.

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