RZA holds up the HHCF championship belt after sweeping the tournament 4-0. Hip-hop legend “Popmaster Fabel” presents the belt while Adisa Banjoko (co-founder of HHCF), IM Josh Waitzkin and Rakaa Iriescience applaud. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.
The 1st Kings Invitational was a magnificent event. Adisa has come a long way in a short time and the Hip-Hop Chess Federation movement has great potential if it finds the right balance between the hip-hop world and the chess world.
It was great meeting RZA, GZA, Casual, TKASH and the other artists. Good brothers! They do not play tournament chess, but their passion is there. RZA’s backrank mate of Monk was classic! We all have felt the pain of victory being snatched from our grasp. The event was first rate and I’ll make pics available soon. I’ll have about 20 pictures in a slide show. The rest I may put within a gallery.
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