Kasparov Chess Foundation Announces 2017 Individual and Team Regional Scholastic Championships; Kicks Off 15 Year Anniversary with First of 15 Worldwide Events

New York, NY, Jan. 23, 2017 — Kasparov Chess Foundation is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a slate of 15 major events scheduled around the world, the first of which are the Greater New York, Greater Chicago, and Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Championships, in Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, and Baltimore, MD, respectively. The events are all commencing on Feb. 4th, 2017, and welcome students from K – 12 grades.

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 Chicago. Additionally, Garry Kasparov will be offering encouragement to players and their families at the Greater New York competition.

The tournament schedules are as follows:

Feb. 4 – 5, Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships at the The New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street (near Borough Hall), Brooklyn, NY 11201; eMail: director@gnyscc.com; visit: http://www.gnyscc.com/ for more information.

Feb. 4, 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. 4, Greater Chicago 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; visit: www.rknights.org/greaterchicago; 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 convenient to the largest population areas within each region, and underscore the Foundation’s philanthropic mission of making chess accessible, fun, and competitive to all children. 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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