Camron Barksdale is our 2016 All-City Dream Teams captain. Camron took 3rd place in the United States in the High School Nationals this year in Atlanta, GA (in the 1600-1699). He anchored the Detroit City Chess Club at the Regionals in Cincinnati, OH that took 2nd place overall. He also helped his Cass Technicians to 1st place in the Metro Detroit Scholastic League. Besides being a great chess player, Camron graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from the honors curriculum (Science & Arts). He also received a Wade McCree Scholarship for four years at Michigan State University where he will major in Astrophysics. He also is a seven-year participant of Math Corps, a dynamic math program presented by Wayne State University. Besides chess, Camron likes playing video games, reading books and enjoys looking up sports statistics. Camron has a 3.4 GPA. Highest rating is 1610.
Kamauri Washington is also no stranger to the All-City Chess teams. Kamauri helped secure his team winning the Jr. High State Championship by winning 4.5 games out of 5. Kamauri played very well in the U.S. Amateurs winning 3 out of 5 games. He was also instrumental in his team securing 5th place in the Open section at Jr. High Nationals. He also helped his team’s 2nd place finish in the Grade Nationals for 8th grade in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Kamauri has participated in all of the Thinkers series placing high in each of the series games with series 2 being the best earning over 70 rating points. Besides chess, Kamauri enjoys playing football, basketball, swimming and drawing. Highest rating is 1678.
Micale Garland is also no stranger to the Dream Team. Micale helped Detroit City Chess Club win the State Club Championship by winning 4.5 games out of 5 (winning a silver medal). Micale also performed very well in the Thinkers series and the International Renaissance Chess Classic. He also played 1st board at the 2016 Jr. High State Championship at Oakland University that took 3rd place in the championship section. Micale has been a leader on the Bates Academy team for years. Beside chess Micale loves playing football, reading and playing the drums. He has an outstanding 4.0 GPA. Micale will be attending Cass Tech High School in the fall. Highest rating is 1625.
Jordan Hoskins may be new to the 2016 All-City Dream Team, but he’s no stranger to the All-City Chess Team. Jordan had a fantastic tournament at the International Renaissance Chess Classic by winning 5 out of 6 games and placing first place in the U1200 section. He also gained about 170 rating points because of his efforts. Jordan also placed 2nd in the Toledo Swiss tournament at the University of Toledo. He finished off a fine season with a strong showing at the Jr. High Nationals in Indianapolis by securing 6th place in the K9U1250 Section and helping his team tie for 1st place. Jordan is a 2-year member of the National Honor Society. He has a cool 3.85 GPA. Besides chess, Jordan loves playing football, basketball, watching cooking shows and any America Ninja Warrior episode. Highest rating is 1357.
Nigel Taliferro makes his debut on the 2016 Dream Team. However, he has been part of the All-City Chess Teams in past years. Nigel did very well in the International Chess Championships winning 4 our 6 in the U1500 section. Nigel played in every Thinkers Chess Challenge during this past year. Nigel had has his best Thinkers tournament in game 1 coming in 3rd place in a very tough field. Nigel also helped his team place high at the Jr.High Nationals in Indianapolis. Nigel has a 3.5 GPA. Beside chess, Nigel loves wrestling, basketball and playing dominos. Highest rating is 1360.
Ellington King makes his 2nd time on the Dream Team. Ellington had one of his best tournaments of this season at the International Renaissance Chess Classic by tying for 1st place with a perfect score of 5 wins and no loses. Ellington also helped Detroit City Chess Club win 1st place at Regionals in Cincinnati, OH by winning 4 out of 5 games. He also played 2nd board on his team that placed 3rd in the state. Ellington was instrumental in DCCC winning the State Club tournament in Lansing, MI. Besides chess, Ellington likes basketball, drawing and playing video games. Ellington’s has a 4.0 GPA and was valedictorian of his class. Ellington will be attending Renaissance High School in the fall. Highest rating is 1467.
Dorian Smalley is no stranger to the All-City Dream Team. Dorian had one of his best tournaments ever in the first Thinkers tournament of the season. He gained almost 200 points in that tournament winning 1st place. He had another big tournament in the International Renaissance Chess Classic by tying for 1st place. He won 4.5 games out of 6 in that tournament and inched closer to 1700 points. Dorian passed the 1700 rating mark in the Regionals in Cincinnati, OH helping Detroit City Chess Club win 1st place in the Jr. High section. Besides chess, Dorian enjoys bowling and playing video games. Dorian has a 3.8 GPA. Highest rating is 1703.
Jaidyn Hamilton is the top female player in the entire city of Detroit. She also was one of the anchors for the 2016 All-Girls National Championship team. She rose to be the number 3 player in the city of Detroit regardless of any division. Jaidyn helped her team at Nationals place 5th in the Open. She also won the final Thinkers Challenge in the Open section going 4 wins and no losses. Jaidyn works very hard to be the best player she can be. She will be attending Cass Tech High School this fall. Jaidyn’s GPA is a cool 4.0. Besides chess, she enjoys reading, drawing and playing tennis. Highest rating this year: 1743.
Lauren Bradford is the second highest rated female player behind one of her teammates. Lauren was another anchor for her team’s 2016 All-Girls National Championship team in Chicago this season. She won a gold medal this season at the Jr. High State tournament helping her team win the State Championship. Lauren has played very steady this season, playing well in several big tournaments including the 8th grade Nationals in Florida, U.S Amateurs, Kings Island and all of the Thinkers tournaments. Besides chess, she enjoys volleyball, reading and playing basketball. She will be attending Cass Tech High School this fall. Lauren’s GPA is 3.8. Highest rating this year: 1743.
Lamar Price is no stranger to the Dream Team. He was a Dream member a few years ago and returns with a much higher rating. Lamar’s rating jumped almost 200 points from last year. Lamar’s best tournament this season was the International Renaissance Chess Classic, which took him past the 1600 mark. Lamar also helped Detroit City Chess Club win the K-8 State Club Championships this year winning 4 out 5 games. Lamar has a 3.8 GPA. Besides Chess he is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and the Black Awareness Society for Education. Lamar will continue his education at University of Detroit High School. He also plays baseball, basketball and soccer. Highest rating this year: 1647.
Bryan Wilson is the only player in Detroit that has been a part of the All City Dream Team for all four years. He continues to be the highest rated player in the City of Detroit. He played 1st board on the 2016 Jr. High State Championship team at Oakland University. He also helped UPSM Middle place 5th in the Open section at the Jr. High Nationals. He also played very well in the Harold Steen tournament winning 4 out 6 games in the Open section. Bryan moved up in the high school section to help Detroit City Chess Club in the State Club Championships winning 4 out of 5 games. Bryan had a GPA of 3.5. He enjoys playing basketball, drawing and playing the violin. Highest rating this year: 1892.
Marcus Badgett is the highest rated high school player and the second highest rated player overall in the city of Detroit. Marcus is no stranger to the Dream Team. Marcus had a fantastic State Club tournament helping Detroit City Chess Club tie the Championship by winning 4 out of 5 games taking him over the 1700 rating mark. He also played well in the Motor City Open gaining over 80 rating points in the Open section. Marcus played 1st board in the U.S Amateur this season in Chicago. Marcus is currently at MIT in Massachusetts as part of MITES program for 6 weeks. He is studying engineering, math and science. He has a 3.8 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Besides chess Marcus enjoys academic games and playing in the orchestra. Highest rating this year: 1797
Stevae Crumsey and Shardaya Marse.
Tamyre Watkins, Cornelius Crawley and Emarjae Watkins.
Marcus Garvey Academy:
Marcel Green and Raphel Green.
Herbert Sanders, Jalen Wilburn, Bernard Love, Kevin Colon, Marvin Jennings and Kennedy Jennings.
University Prep Science & Math Middle:
Lewis Melton, Michael Jeffrey Thomas, Elijah Harrison, Gisele Motley, Talmage Turner, Dominica Rooks and Sa’Nya Burton.
Renaissance High School:
Most Holy Trinity:
University Prep Science & Math Elementary:
Ann Arbor Trail:
Gregory Foster, Precious Bankston and Keris Mitchell.
Jackson Capela, Samuel Broddie and Jason Woolfork.
Martin Luther King High School:
Charles Blessett, D’Majion Linebarger and Jeremiah Brown.