New York, NY, May 31, 2012 – Kasparov Chess Foundation is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a festive party in Bryant Park featuring a day of chess and fun for children of all ages and skill levels. The Chess Festival in Bryant Park, located between 40th and 42nd Streets and Sixth Avenue at the Fountains, will take place on June 16, 2012 (rain date: June 17th).
The event, organized by Kasparov Chess Foundation, in conjunction with The Bryant Park Corporation, City of New York, and Marshall Chess Foundation, will offer free-play chess, as well as Blitz and Rapid tournaments, organized for the following age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18. The event is free to all, participants are encouraged to register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. On-site registration begins at 9:30 AM. Tournament play starts at 10:00 AM and runs through 2:00 PM. All participants will receive medals and t-shirts commemorating the day. Chess sets will be provided, please bring your chess clocks.
Meet & Greet Garry Kasparov
Meet and greet legendary World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, who will be available for special presentation, book signings, photos, and words of encouragement to all players. Other celebrities are expected to take part in the festivities.
According to Michael Khodarkovsky, President of Kasparov Chess Foundation, the event commemorates KCF’s 10th year anniversary and promises to attract families and guests from the greater New York area. “In the ten years of operation, weâ€™ve made it possible for thousands of school students to learn the game of chess throughout the country as a direct result of our in-school programs and competitive regional and national tournaments. These students will continue to be shaped by the many social and educational benefits of chess long after they exit the school system, and for this, there is much to celebrate,” Mr. Khodarkovsky explained.
About Kasparov Chess Foundation
Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, KCF’s mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children throughout the United States by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs for elementary, middle and high schools, both in the public and private school sectors. The not-for-profit educational organization also organizes tournaments and competitions on a local and national basis. For more information, please visit http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org/
About Bryant Park Corporation (BPC)
Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park in New York City. BPC is funded by income from events, concessions and corporate sponsors, as well as an assessment on neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic monies. In addition to providing security and sanitation services and tending the park’s lush lawn and seasonal garden displays, BPC provides public amenities and activities, including movable chairs and tables, cafe umbrellas, restaurants, food kiosks, world-class restrooms, and a wide range of free events throughout the year. The Midtown park, conveniently located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets, is visited by more than five million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world. BPC’s Web site, http://www.bryantpark.org, is available for more detailed information and a schedule of upcoming events.
About Marshall Chess Foundation
The Marshall Chess Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation formed to promote, stimulate and encourage the study, play and appreciation of the game of chess as a means of intellectual development. The Foundation holds lectures and symposia on historical chess events and renowned players (with emphasis on prominent New York chess personalities). The Foundation also highlights through lectures and exhibitions the use of chess in films, television, theater, literature, painting, and other visual media. For more information, visit http://www.marshallchessfoundation.org.