Career Highlights

October 2005    At the age of 7, second grader Joshua Colas enters his first chess tournament.
He finishes 10th out of 23 at the Manhattan Chess Days Open.  He earns a provisional rating of 606.


November 2005    Wins his first scholastic chess tournament at the Bronx Chess Days Open.


February 2006    Rating increases to 958 as Josh goes undefeated and wins the NSCF Greenwich
Winter Chess Tournament.


May 2006   Rating increases to 1142 as Josh goes undefeated and wins the NSCF Ridgeway Tournament.


September 2006   Enters third grade at Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School in White Plains, New York.  Celebrates his 8th birthday.


November 2006    Records 100th rated win.


January 2007    Entering his 60th career tournament, 8-year-old Joshua finishes 4th out of 69 in the "Primary Varsity" section at the 2007 NYC Scholastic Championships.


March 2007    Ties for second place at the 2007 NYS Scholastic Championships in the "Primary" section.  USCF rating reaches 1368.


May 2007    Ties for third place at the 2007 National Blitz Chess Championships in Nashville, Tennessee.


July 2007    Rating surpasses 1500 as Joshua wins the Westchester Chess Academy Tourney in Rye, New York.


August 2007    8-year-old Joshua travels to Sturbridge, Massachusetts to compete in the Continental Chess Open.  He enters the "Under 1500" section and wins.  He wins his first adult tournament.


October 2007   USChess.org ranks Joshua #4 in the nation among 8-year-olds.


January 2008    Ties for second place at the 2008 NYC Scholastic Chess Championships. Competes in the "Elementary Varsity" section.


May 2008    Records 250th rated win.


September 2008   Joshua  celebrates his 10th birthday as his rating reaches 1882.  He travels to Florida to compete in the 2008 Miami Open. He ties for fourth place in  the "Under 2100" section.


October 2008   Joshua wins the Columbus Day Tournament at PS116 in New York City.  His ratings jumps to 1920.


October 2008   USChess.org ranks Joshua #5 in the nation among 9-year-olds.


December 2008    Joshua leads his elementary school team (Mamaroneck Avenue School) in winning the 2008 National Team Championship in the 5th Grade Division in Orlando, Florida.


December 2008    Joshua ties for first place in the K6 National Blitz Championships at Disney World.


March 2009   Joshua goes undefeated and wins the 2009 Westchester County Chess Championships.  His rating reaches 1976.


May 2009    Joshua becomes a certified Chess Expert at his USCF rating surpasses 2000.


September 2009    Enters 6th grade at White Plains Middle School.


October 2009   USChess.org ranks Joshua #3 in the nation among 10-year-olds.


November 2009    Josh travels to Chicago for the 2009 National Youth Chess Championships.  Joshua wins the national championship in the K9 section.  He also wins the national championship in the K12 Blitz section.


December 2009   US Chess Federation selects Joshua to the 2010 All-American Chess Team.


January 2010    Joshua ties for first place in the 2010 NYC Scholastic Chess Championships.  He competes in the "Junior High Varsity" section.


March 2010    Joshua goes undefeated and wins the 2010 Westchester County Chess Championships.  His rating reaches 2088.


March 2010   Leads the White Plains Middle School Chess Team in winning the 2010 Westchester County Scholastic Team Chess Championship.


March 2010    Records 500th rated win.


June 2010    The Joshua Colas Chess Fund established.


July 2010    Joshua appears as a guest on FOX channel 5's "Good Day New York" program.


August 2010    Joshua makes his international debut in Trinidad and Tobago. He has a strong showing at the 2010 Caribbean Chess Carnival.


August 2010    Joshua competes at the National Youth Championships in Montreal, Canada.


October 2010    USChess.org ranks Joshua #4 in the nation among 11-year-olds.


October 2010    Competes for Team USA at the World Youth Chess Championships in Greece.


December 2010    Joshua wins the 7th Grade National Chess Championship in Orlando, Florida.


December 2010    Joshua becomes a certified Chess Master as his USCF rating surpasses 2200.

 
He becomes the youngest Black Chess Master in history!


December 2010    US Chess Federation selects Joshua to the 2011 All-American Chess Team.


January 2011    Joshua ties for second place in the 2011 NYC Scholastic Championships.  He competes in the "High School Varsity" section...though he's a 7th grader!


January 2011    Joshua is honored at the monthly White Plains Common Council Meeting. 
Mayor Bradley praises Joshua on becoming a National Chess Master. The mayor declares January 3, 2011 "Joshua Colas Day" in White Plains.


April 2011    Joshua travels to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the 2011 National Junior High School Chess Championships. He ties for second place in the K8 section. He also ties for second place in the National Blitz Championships.


June 2011    Joshua is invited to the elite Garry Kasparov Master Chess Camp in NYC.  The former world chess champion analyzes several of Joshua's games.


July 2011    Records 750th rated win.


August 2011    USChess.org ranks Joshua #3 in the nation among 12-year-olds.


August 2011    Joshua is invited to attend the prestigious US Chess School in Charlotte, NC.  Only the strongest players in the country are considered for enrollment.  A free week-long training camp taught by the nation's top grandmasters.


September 2011    Joshua turns 13 and closes in on his 500th career tournament.


October 2011    Joshua wins the 2011 NYC Chess-in-the-Parks Rapid Open.


October 2011    US Chess Federation selects Joshua to the 2012 All-American Chess Team.


November 2011    Competes for Team USA at the World Youth Chess Championships in Brazil.


November 2011    Joshua's accomplishments are highlighted in New York Times article.


March 2012     Joshua wins his 300th USCF-rated tournament game as a Chess Master.


March 2012     Joshua is awarded the title of Life Master by the US Chess Federation.


March 2012    Still only 13 years old, Joshua Colas surpasses the 2300 USCF rating threshold.


March 2012    Joshua accepts invitation to be interviewed by Chess Life Magazine.  Appearance takes place in Washington, DC at Gallop World Headquarters.  He gives a chess demonstration and participates in a Q and A session.


April 2012     Joshua qualifies for the 2012 World Youth Chess Championships. The tournament will be held in Maribor, Slovenia in November.


April 2012    Records 1000th rated win.


June 2012    Joshua is selected by the top-rated Connecticut Dreadnoughts of the United States Chess League for the 2012 season.


August 2012    USChess.org ranks Joshua #1 in the nation among 13-year-olds.


August 2012    Joshua reaches the 2400 rating threshold.


August 2012    Irrespective of age, Joshua Colas ranks 214th out of 48,176 total chess players currently registered with the United States Chess Federation.


September 2012    Joshua begins his freshman year at White Plains High School.


October 2012     Joshua wins the 2012 NYC Chess-in-the-Parks Rapid Open.


October 2012     Joshua wins the 2012 Susan Polgar World Open in Chicago. As champion, Joshua is awarded a full scholarship to the nation's top chess college, Webster University in St. Louis.


October 2012    US Chess Federation selects Joshua to the 2013 All-American Chess Team.


January 2013    Joshua goes undefeated and wins the 2013 New York City High School Chess 

Championships in Manhattan.


February 2013    Joshua wins the 2013 NYS High School Chess Championships in Saratoga.


April 2013     Joshua qualifies for the 2013 World Youth Chess Championships.  The tournament will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in December.


July 2013    Joshua competes in the US Cadet Chess Championships in Maryland.  Only the top 8 American chess players under the age of 16 are invited.


July 2013     Joshua competes in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions.  He is the New York State representative and the tournament top seed.  The tournament is held in Madison, Wisconsin.


October 2013    USChess.org ranks Joshua #3 in the nation among 14-year-olds.


November 2013    US Chess Federation selects Joshua to the 2014 All-American Chess Team.


December 2013     Joshua wins the 10th Grade National Chess Championship in Orlando, Florida.


April 2014     Joshua qualifies for the 2014 World Youth Chess Championships.  The tournament will be held in Durban, South Africa in September.


June 2014    Joshua is selected to compete in the 2014 US Junior Closed Championships.  Only the top 10 Americans under the age of 20 are invited.  The event is held at the National Chess Club of St. Louis.


June 2014    USChess.org ranks Joshua #3 in the nation among 15-year-olds.


June 2014    Joshua's USCF rating reaches new levels at 2430 after competing in the 2014 Bob Peretz Club Championships.


July 2014    Joshua competes in the 2014 US Cadet Championships in Maryland.  Only the top 10 Americans under the age of 16 are invited.


July 2014     Joshua represents New York at the 2014 Denker Chess Championships.  This Florida tournament consists of the 50 High School State Champions.


September 2014    Joshua enters his junior year at White Plains High School.


October 2014    Joshua wins the 2014 NYC Chess-in-the-Parks Rapid Open.  It is the third time he has won this tournament.


October 2014    Irrespective of age, Joshua Colas ranks 231st out of 52,532 total chess players currently registered with the United States Chess Federation.


October 2014    US Chess Federation selects Joshua to the 2015 All-American Chess Team.


December 2014    Joshua wins the 11th Grade National Chess Championship in Orlando, Florida.


December 2014     Joshua earns FIDE Master Title at North American Open in Las Vegas.


February 2015     Joshua wins the 2015 NYS High School Chess Championships in Saratoga.


October 2015     US Chess Federation selects Joshua to the 2016 All-American Chess Team. 


December 2015     Joshua earns his first IM Norm at the 25th Annual North American Open in Las  Vegas.  He has the best tournament of his career.  Remarkably, Joshua's performance also earns him his first GM Norm.


March 2016    Joshua's  USCF rating peaks at 2490 after a strong showing at the 2016 Philadelphia Open.  He is 17 years old and a senior at White Plains High  School.


July 2016    Joshua earns his second IM Norm at the 44th Annual World Open in Philadelphia.


September 2016    Joshua starts college at Webster University in St. Louis.  He accepts a full chess scholarship and joins the top-ranked collegiate Chess Team in the nation.


April 2017    Joshua earns his third (and final) IM Norm at the Clark Street Capital Grandmaster Invitational in Chicago.


May 2017    US Chess Federation Officials complete application for Joshua Colas to be titled an International Chess Master (elect).


December 2018    Joshua now in his junior year at Webster University.  The Webster University Chess Team wins the 2018 Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship.  They have won the title every year since 2012 and continue their reign as the most successful collegiate chess team in the  nation. 


July 2019    Joshua heads to Spain to compete in the 39th Open Villa de Benasque Tourney.


July 2019    Joshua continues his European chess tour with a stop in the Czech Republic to compete in the Czech Open in Pardubice.