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Yesterday I had the privilege of participating in the Hip Hop Chess Federation All Queens Life Strategies Panel at O’Connell High School in San Francisco. The panel included a dynamic group of women including Stanford Professor and Birth of the Chess Queen author Marilyn Yalom, hip hop duo Conscious Daughters, MC Melina, and DJ Pam the Funktress. What blew me away about this experience was how much the participants had in common, in spite of their diverse backgrounds and experiences. The panel discussion was led by the Hip Hip Chess Federation Director of Communication Meko Snyder. Meko did a fantastic job connecting Dr. Yalom’s insights about the history of the chess queen, with some of the personal experiences of other members of the panel. Stay tuned for photos and videos from this amazing event!
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Tonight at 9 EST a local public school in Charlotte will be broadcast on cable news channel 14 (www.news14.com). I was interviewed and the kids (kindergartners!) were videoed playing and learning chess! The story is about chess growing nationally, which I think is absolutely true. And there are more girls playing these days as well.
Girls Academy was a lot of fun, and upon noticing that some of the girls were being reserved and answering questions really quietly, one of the parents suggested we all go outside and yell CHESSSSSSS really really loud. It was great! I think it helped the girls loosen up and feel more comfortable in the group. We studied middle game positions, what to do after the opening, and looked at several tactics involving Forcing Moves (checks, threats and captures). (The see-saw, Damiano’s mate…)
Also there’s a chess tournament this Saturday at one of the schools I teach at: Myers Park Traditional Elementary. A great start for beginners (rookie section) and a challenge for advanced players (championship section). See below for more details, or email me! firstname.lastname@example.org