First grader qualifies for world chess tourney

Kaitlynn McNutt, a first grader at Dr. C.M. Cash Elementary, has qualified to play in the 2016 World Cadets Chess Championships in the Girls Under 8 Section, according to Principal Dilia Cornett.

“We are so very proud of Kaitlynn. She is an outstanding young scholar that is very deserving of this special recognition,” Cornett said. “This fantastic opportunity is a true testament that hard work and dedication pays off!”

McNutt will have the opportunity to compete as a member of an elite team of players and coaches who will represent the United States in Batumi, Georgia – located by Turkey and Armenia, on the Black Sea coast. The event is set to take place Oct. 18-31.

In a letter addressed to McNutt, Jerry Nash, a representative of the FIDE Youth Events, stated, “You are certainly to be congratulated for this milestone in your life.”

“Kaitlynn, as one of the top rated players in your age group in the United States, you can be proud of the results of your hard work,” Nash said. “Imagine the impact on our country by a generation of youth who have the critical thinking skills that this chess team represents.”