Kasparov coming to Harlem!

Harlem Children's Zone Festival, September 28th 2008

Garry Kasparov will be coming to Harlem on September 28th to participate in the Harlem Children’s Zone’s festival. The former champion will be giving a 20-board simultaneous exhibition. There will be many activities including a blitz tournament and other contests.

This event continues the tradition of chess festivals in historic Harlem and it has been home to a vibrant chess community. Maurice Ashley held several chess festivals in the 90s as part of his initiative with the Harlem Educational Activities Fund. Those events were successful until funding dried up. Harlem has continued to produce talent and this event will bring out many future masters hoping to take on Kasparov.

Jerald Times, a successful coach in his own right, will co-host the event with Derrick Bryant. If you have further questions, contact Derrick Bryant at LiMuBi11@aol.com. Click on the image above for the .pdf file.

Below are video clips of HCZ founder Geoffrey Canada and Senator Barack Obama speaking on the Harlem project.

Geoffrey Canada, Founder and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone

Senator Barack Obama on the Harlem Children’s Zone

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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  1. Dear Daaim:

    This is Jerald Times from New York, I need to speak with you, please call me at 917 642-8007- Is there a number or email in which you can be reached.

  2. Here are some pictures from the event.

    Garry Kasparov at Harlem simultaneous exhibition. Photo by Mig Greengard.

    Kasparov at Harlem simultaneous exhibition. Photo by Harlem Children's Zone.

    Kasparov on the move. Photo by Harlem Children’s Zone.

    Kasparov squaring off against Medina Parrilla, U.S. Girl's Champion. Photo by Harlem Children's Zone.

    Kasparov squaring off against top boards.
    Medina Parrilla, U.S. Girl’s Champion on right.
    Photo by Harlem Children’s Zone.

    Focused players holding their ground. Photo by Harlem Children's Zone.

    Focused players holding their ground. Photo by Harlem Children’s Zone.

    Jehron Bryant peering at the champ. Photo by Harlem Children's Zone.

    Jehron Bryant peering at the champ. Photo by Harlem Children’s Zone.

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