Monday, 9 October 2017

Fourth Annual ChessHelps Charity Tournament

September 9th, 2017

BASIS Chandler

The fourth annual ChessHelps tournament was held this year on September 9th, a little later than usual due to several conflicting tournaments happening in August. The turn out beat all previous records in terms of number of players, 154 USCF rated players participated along with several others in the causal unrated section bringing the total to about 183 players in the entire event. Several of my chess and non chess friends participated and I would like to thank them for their support.

City of Chandler Vice Mayor Mr. Kevin Hartke stopped by to take part in the opening ceremonies along with Mrs. Terrell, the principal of my school. 

ChessHelps recognized FM Robby Adamson for his contributions to chess in Arizona. Robby is an amazing coach and chess personality not only in Arizona but in the US. The Western Invitational Chess camp that he runs every year in summer is one of the best of its kind. He is well known forleading his team to several National titles year after year.
FM Robby Adamsom

This year I am honored to named board of directors to a wonderful organization Legends Chess, started by Dave Hatton. Dave is a teacher and chess player and wanted to promote chess in title 1 schools, he started the chess club in eight schools so far and has raised funds to help with buying chess sets, clocks, USCF memberships and entry fee to rated tournaments. Legends Chess students attended their first ever USCF rated tournament on September 9th and had a blast. I hope to see 
them again next year. 

The trio who make it happen. Tournament directors L-R Martha Underwood, Michelle Martinez and Jon Coulter

Open Section
Playing Hall
Sandeep Sethuram, First Place winner, OPEN SECTION. Congrats Sandeep!
Hanging out between rounds with Jacob and WIM Liulia Cordona

Mrs. Terrell intro and my short speech

Robby Adamson short speech

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