A group of girls from Detroit’s University Prep Science & Math’s chess team left the 13th annual KCF All-Girls National Championships with a victory in the Under 14 category.

“I was pretty amazed,” Jada Hamilton, 13, told the Detroit News. “It’s hard to describe how I felt that day because I was really happy.”

Hamilton’s win clinched the team’s surprise win after being viewed as underdogs, at least according to her coach, Kevin Fite. The team came out on top over more than 440 other competitors that all traveled to a Chicago hotel to face off against one another. 

“We’ve won a lot of other national tournaments, but we’ve never won this one,” Fite said. “We were considerably the underdog in that section.”

“They put in a lot of hard work,” Kamisha Hamilton said of her daughters, Jada and her twin sister Jaidyn. “They were really determined.”

The tournament was presented by the Kasparov Chess Foundation, U.S. Chess Federation and Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation.

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