Young Josh at the Chicago Open

Joshua Colas has been making progress since he began playing chess four years ago and got his first rating of 681. With a heavy dose of blitz and a bit of professional coaching, Colas has now broken the “Expert” barrier of 2000 rating points. This is a status above a class player and signifies that a player is now progressing to become a Master.

At this rate, Colas is bound to break Master in another year or two. He has already defeated the likes of IM Jay Bonin. He has worked with GMs Maurice Ashley and Gregory Kaidanov.

At press time, he is competing at the 2009 Chicago Open.

Josh Colas


Josh Colas in action at Chicago Open.


  • 7 years ago


    Looks like the game of chess will be in good hands for a while with the young junior talent coming up.  That's why I have started to work promoting scholastic tournaments.  Stay tuned for more, my first one will be in Chicago Heights around September 12th.  We are finalizing plans for our location. And yes we will have an Open Section for the Adults.

  • 7 years ago


    id be happy if i could break 1000 . its amazing to see young kids playing like theyve been doing it thier whole life, it is truly a natural talent in some people.i wonder if he was pushed into only playing chess or if he also has other he from chicago?

  • 7 years ago


    Damn that boy that good

  • 7 years ago


    thanks for sharing

  • 7 years ago


    There a whole slew of juniors coming up in the ranks.

    Check them out here!

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