International Launch of the Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Application

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City of Tshwane, Gauteng, 10 February, 2015 game released internationally – This is a historic day for us and we would love to share it with you. Come join the celebration as we launch the one-and-only Kasparov-MiniChess mobile game on App Store and Google Play. The MiniChess Mobile Game, in association with Garry Kasparov, will be show-cased on Tuesday, 24 February at MiniChess Head Office in Pretoria. The concept was developed by Marisa van der Merwe (Developer of the Award-winning Educational Program, MiniChess) and the mobile game is endorsed by Chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov. The Mobile game was developed and published by the reputable HeroCraft. The concept designed by Michelle Robbertse with the script written by Gregory Blyth.

A number of prominent guests have been invited to bear witness to this exclusive unveiling, including respected business leaders, MiniChess associates, MiniChess franchise members, and most importantly children who will play the MiniChess mobile game. The Honourable, Founder Marisa van der Merwe, will deliver a keynote speech at the event.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to get their photographs taken with the famous life-sized Cheddar the cartoon chess mouse from the MiniChess mobile game. The MiniChess mobile game will be housed in Apple app store, Google Play store and for all medium size mobile phones and tablets.
“Experiencing the MiniChess mobile app, isn’t just any enjoyment, it is a new opportunity to learn through play – for all ages”, said Founder Marisa van der Merwe.

The Kasparov-MiniChess educational mobile game enables children to learn and play chess with colourful, interactive and fun gaming. Even kids as young as five can enjoy playing with Cheddar the Chess mouse. He makes learning fun and easy, with over 80 different and exciting mini-games to play. This affordable fun teaching tool is now available on App Store http://bit.ly/minichess-iOS and Google Play http://bit.ly/Minichess-GP.
Educational Benefits of Kasparov-MiniChess, the game: Mathematics Development (Adding and Subtracting; Division; Multiplication; Introducing numbers; Counting; Categorizing), Algebraic Concepts and Pre-Concepts (Spatial Orientation / Directions and Graph Reading & Coordinates); Pre-Reading & Writing Skills (Shape recognition; Fine motor skills/ hand-eye coordination; Word and sound recognition (Listening exercises); Visual memory) and Life Skills Development (Colour and Pattern recognition; Steriognostic development; Planning & Strategic thinking & Emotional awareness; Reasoning & Problem solving and Comprehension).

“MiniChess empowers not only the children of South Africa towards a bright future but also creates jobs and nurtures entrepreneurship inside communities. Taking hands with international leaders, I hope that Tuesday the 24th of February 2015’s historical Kasparov-MiniChess launch – will continue to inspire the people and children of our country for generations to come,” concluded Mrs Marisa van der Merwe.

Issued by: MiniChess Proprietary Limited

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact 1: Ms Kim Boman
Tel: 084 513 0222
E-mail: kimberleybosman@gmail.co.za
Contact 2: Ms Michelle Robbertse
Tel: 012 347 6464
E-mail: michelle@minichess.co.za

Private Equity Investor, J. Christopher Flowers Joins Kasparov Chess Foundation Board

New York, NY, Feb. 11, 2015 – The Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) held its annual board meeting on Friday, February 6th, in New York City.  KCF’s Chairman and former World Champion, Garry Kasparov, welcomed J. Christopher Flowers to join the board of directors.

Mr. Flowers is an American private equity investor and investment manager focused on the financial services industry. He is the chairman of J. C. Flowers & Co.  A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Flowers worked at Goldman Sachs for 19 years and was named partner in 1988.  Mr. Flowers founded J.C. Flowers & Co. in 1998.

According to KCF’s President, Michael Khodarkovsky, the Foundation is delighted to have such an esteemed executive to be part of the Board.  “We believe that Mr. Flowers will be a tremendous asset in furthering the Foundation’s mission to spread chess programs throughout the U.S. and the world,” added M. Khodarkovsky.

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 worldwide 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 Foundation also organizes regional, national, and worldwide tournaments, programs for talented students, and promotional chess events.  For more information, please visit http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.

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Two Days At Our Young Stars – Team USA Program

For a personal look at our program for talented students, as featured on ChessBase, click here.

A Weekend With Garry Kasparov

Check out IM Akshat Chandra’s recent article featured on the US Chess Federation’s web site on KCF’s Young Stars – Team USA program for talent students, click here.

 

 

Kasparov Chess Foundation Announces 2015 Individual and Team Regional Scholastic Championships

Seventh Annual Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Championships

When:  Saturday, January 31, 2015; 09:30am – 05:00pm

Where:  Baltimore Polytechnic Institute & Wester High School

The Sixth Annual Greater Chicago Scholastic Championships

When:  February 7, 2015; 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Where:  McCormick Place – West Building

New York, NY, Jan. 27, 2015 — Kasparov Chess Foundation welcomes students from K – 12 grades to take part in its 2015 Scholastic Championships Series, spanning across major metropolitan areas of the nation. The Foundation is sponsoring these tournaments in association with local chess organizations in each region, including Maryland State Chess Association in the Mid-Atlantic, and Renaissance Knights Foundation in the Midwest.

The tournament schedules are as follows:

Jan. 31, Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Championships at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute & Western High School, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD; eMail: tournaments@mdchess.com; visit: http://www.mdchess.com for more information.

Feb. 7, Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Championships at the McCormick Place – West Building, 2301 South Drive, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, IL.  For further information, contact Renaissance Knights at david.heiser@renaissanceknights.org or via phone at (773) 844-0701. To register online, visit: http://rknights.org/registration/tournaments/greater-chicago-championships/.

According to Kasparov Chess Foundation President, Michael Khodarkovsky, the tournaments are spread out throughout the country to make it accessible and affordable to all players and their families.  For details on each regional Championship, please see links above. Let the games begin!

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 worldwide 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.

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Check Out Pics From The 2015 Greater NY Championships

View our latest photo album from the 2015 Greater New York Scholastic Championships, click here!

Tremendous Turnout For Kasparov Chess Foundation’s Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships

1,000+ K – 12 Students Across Greater New York Entered This Year’s Tournament.

New York, NY, Jan. 13, 2015 — Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) held its 2015 Greater New York Scholastic Championships on Sat., Jan. 10th and Sun., Jan. 11th, at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.  With more than 1,000 registrants, KCF organized and sponsored the tournament in association with Barclaycard, Chess Center of New York and Little House of Chess.

In total, players from more than 190 schools, across five states, including NY, NJ, CT, PA, and DE were represented at the tournament.  Special thanks goes to NTDs Sophia Rohde and Steve Immitt for directing the tournament, Danny Rohde who served as chief arbiter, and Nils Grotnes for his technical support and tournament website development.  For a complete recap of results and standings, please visit: www.gnyscc.com.

Following are individual and team winners:

High School Varsity:

Individual: Alexander Spinnell, Stuyvesant High School ( 5.5 of 6 )

Team: Stuyvesant High School – New York, NY

High School Under 1900:

Individual: Florizelle Songco, Hunter College High School ( 4.5 of 5 )

Team: Christian Brothers Academy – Lincroft, NJ

High School Under 1400:

Individual: Siraat Mustafa, New Lane Memorial Elementary School ( 5 of 5 )

Team: Christian Brothers Academy – Lincroft, NJ

Junior High Varsity:

Individual: Justin Chen, NYC Lab Middle School for Collaborative Studies ( 6 of 6)

Team: Eugenio Maria De Hostos I.S. 318 – Brooklyn, NY

Junior High Under 1300:

Individual: Chun Liu, Locust Valley Intermediate School ( 4.5 of 5 )

Team: NEST+m School – New York, NY

Junior High Under 700:

Individual: Oleksandr Goncharov Jr ( 5 of 5 )

Team: Sojourner Truth PS149 – New York, NY

Primary Varsity:

Individual:  Nico Chasin, Greenwich Village PS41 ( 5.5 of 6 )

Team: NEST+m School – New York, NY

Primary Under 1000:

Individual: Dhruv Jhamb, Avenues: The World School ( 5 of 5 )

Team: Avenues: The World School – New York, NY

Primary Under 400:

Individual: Pearce Marinis, Lower Lab School PS77 ( 5 of 5, won playoff against Alexandra Jablonski )

Team: Avenues: The World School – New York, NY

Elementary Varsity:

Individual: Winston Ni, Princeton Day School – Princeton, NJ ( 5.5 of 6 )

Team: Speyer Legacy School – New York, NY

Elementary Under 1200:

Individual: Eric Wu, Princeton Day School ( 5 of 5, won playoff against Joshua Dong)

Team: School of Discovery and Exploration PS503 – Brooklyn, NY

Elementary Under 700:

Individual: Alexander Pierre Joy, Alexine A. Fenty PS139 ( 5 of 5, won playoff against Ethan Striff-Cave and Benjamin Botnik )

Team: The Richard Rodgers School Of The Arts And Technology PS166 – New York, NY

K-1 Varsity:

Individual: Will Safranek, Dalton School ( 6 of 6 )

Team: Dalton School – New York, NY

K-1 Under 500:

Individual: Albert W Zhu, Johnson Park Elementary School ( 5 of 5, won playoff against Shane Saber )

Team: The Anderson School PS334 – New York, NY

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 worldwide 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.

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NYT – A Grandmaster Before 14, With Kasparov on His Side

 

Check out the article in the 1/8/14 NY Times to learn more about Grandmaster Sam Sevian and how the Kasparov Chess Foundation works with young prodigies to help them become champions.  See A Grandmaster Before 14, With Kasparov on His Side.

Boston Globe Features KCF’s Young Stars – Team USA Student, Sam Sevian, Youngest Grand Master

The Boston Globe’s Dec. 24th, 2014 issue includes an article titled, “Southbridge’s Sam Sevian, 13, is Youngest US Chess Grandmaster.“ In 2012, Sevian was selected by the Kasparov Chess Foundation in a partnership with the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis to develop American chess prodigies from around the nation. The program, called Young Stars – Team USA, was designed to offer extraordinarily talented children the opportunity to maximize their potential and achieve the highest level in chess. The Young Stars program includes several annual training sessions with former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, featured in the article.

Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents 49th Annual Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships

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WHEN: Sat., Jan 10 – Sun., Jan. 11, 2015 

WHERE: New York Marriott Hotel At The Brooklyn Bridge

New York, NY, Dec. 20, 2014 — The Kasparov Chess Foundation is hosting and sponsoring, in association with Barclaycard, the 2015 Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships. America’s longest-running, rated scholastic chess tournament will take place on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 10th – 11th at New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge, located at 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (about 5 minutes drive south of the Brooklyn Bridge, near Borough Hall), near subways: Jay Street Metrotech (A, C, F & R trains), Hoyt Street (2 & 3 trains), Borough Hall (4 & 5 trains) and Court Street (R train).

The competition is divided into five 5 or 6-round Swiss-style tournaments with in all fourteen separate sections, over the two-day weekend event. All Varsity sections, including K-1 Varsity, will be over two days: 3 rounds on Saturday January 10 and 3 rounds on Sunday January 11!  Varsity section games start at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm both days. Awards ceremonies at about 6:30 pm Sunday (possibly earlier).

Non-Varsity section rounds start at 10 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm and 4:30 pm Saturday or Sunday. Awards ceremonies at about 6 pm.  Varsity section eligibility is not limited by rating. The other sections are limited as their names indicate. See here for more details about the rating based section eligibility rules.

Ideal for the beginner as well as top-rated competitive players, non-Varsity games are 30 minutes per player + 5-seconds delay per move. Varsity games are 60 minutes per player + 10-seconds delay per move. (Non-delay clocks get no additional time.) All games are rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF). The January 2015 USCF Rating List is used (but unofficial ratings at www.uschess.org are usually used if players would otherwise be unrated on the January 2015 official rating list).

Any number of players may participate from a school to help compete for team prizes (2 or more from the same school make a team), but at most the four top-scoring players from the school produce its team score. Players without school teams compete for individual prizes. Prizes are awarded to the top-scoring players and schools. You can win both team and individual prizes.

Online Registration is available at http://www.gnyscc.com/registration.html; $50 per player through Dec. 26,  $57 after that through January 5th (If you enter four or more players from the same school, on the same registration, a discount of $5 per player will be given), $70 per player through January 8th, but no team discount after January 5th. The on site fees are $80 per player (beginning the evening of Friday 9th until 8:30 am on the day of the tournament), and then $100 per player from 8:30-9:00 am.

For answers to any questions, please email us at chesscentr@gmail.com or call 347-201-CCNY (2269). Students are requested to bring clocks, while sets and boards will be supplied by Little House of Chess, http://www.littlehouseofchess.com.

The five tournaments follow:

K-1 CHAMPIONSHIP

2 sections, open to all born after 1/10/07 AND ALSO in grade 1/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: K-1 Varsity, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 6 K or below (you can win both a plaque and trophy). 2. Saturday: K-1 Under 500, open to players rated Under 500 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds.

PRIMARY CHAMPIONSHIP

3 separate sections, open to all born after 1/10/05 AND ALSO in grade 3/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Primary Varsity, open to all. Trophies to the 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. 2. Saturday: Primary Under 1000, for players rated Under 1000 or Unrated. Trophies to top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Saturday: Primary Under 400, open to all rated under 400 in or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

JUNIOR HIGH CHAMPIONSHIP

3 separate sections, open to all born after 1/10/99 and in grade 9/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Junior High Varsity, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 2 in each grade 4 to 6. 2. Saturday: Junior High Under 1300 for rated players under 1300 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Saturday: Junior High Under 700 or Unrated for rated players under 700 or Unrated. Trophies for the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

ELEMENTARY CHAMPIONSHIP

3 sections, open to all born after 1/10/02 AND ALSO in grade 6/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Elementary Varsity, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. 2. Sunday: Elementary Under 1200 for rated players under 1200 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: Elementary Under 700 for rated players under 1200 or Unrated. Trophies for the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP

3 sections, for players born after 1/10/95 and in grades K-12: 1. Saturday and Sunday: High School Varsity, open to all. Trophies for the 12 top-scoring players and top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 2 in each grade 7 to 9. 2. Sunday: High School Under 1700 for Under 1700 rated players or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: High School Under 1400, for rated players Under 1400 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds.

In every tournament, anyone scoring 4 or more in non-Varsity sections, or 5 or more in Varsity, who doesn’t win a trophy receives a medal instead! All sections also have trophies for the 3 top scoring teams. Even more prizes, including Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes, can be won! Please check www.gnyscc.com for details.

Barclaycard has for several years now contributed to scholastic chess in multiple countries around the world. The project they focus most of their efforts on is Yes2Chess, with an internet chess server specially for children where a yearly international qualification competition is held. The program starts Monday, January 5th, but schools can join until Friday, February 27th at the latest.

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 worldwide 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.

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