Thalía Cervantes, a top-ranked American junior chess player, poses for a photograph at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis . The 14-year-old, who was born in Cuba and emigrated to the U.S., is competing in the 2017 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.
Thalía Cervantes, a top-ranked American junior chess player, poses for a photograph at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis . The 14-year-old, who was born in Cuba and emigrated to the U.S., is competing in the 2017 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. SID HASTINGS Special to el Nuevo Herald
Thalía Cervantes, a top-ranked American junior chess player, poses for a photograph at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis . The 14-year-old, who was born in Cuba and emigrated to the U.S., is competing in the 2017 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. SID HASTINGS Special to el Nuevo Herald

She grew up playing chess on the streets of Havana. Now she’s among the best in the U.S.

July 13, 2017 07:27 AM

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