Capital City to host Spring chess tourney

Tallahassee, Florida

Tallahassee is known as the “capital city” of Florida. Situation in the panhandle and near the Georgia border, it is home to two major universities (Florida A&M University, Florida State University), a community college (Tallahassee Community College) and the state capital.

With just a bit over 190,000 residents, it is a city sticking by many old traditions such as state fairs, flea markets and cooking stands by the road selling boiled peanuts and fresh honey. The city is growing slowly and while the population is a bit transient, much is being done to make Tallahassee a suitable place to settle and raise a family.

One of pastimes that has struggled to remain in the community’s eye is chess. Due to the transient nature of the population, chess tends to fluctuate in terms of the activity. The last open tournament was the 2014 Froemke Memorial, but Banghao Chen and his son Benjamin hosted the BBCC Chess Tournament at the Tallahassee School of Math & Science. Banghao told The Chess Drum that he wanted to bring chess back to the city. The tournament drew 30 players and was attended by Kevin Pryor, President of the Florida Chess Association.

Banghao Chen and son Benjamin Chen

On March 30th-31st, BBCC will host a spring tournament to set activity in motion. The tournament hopes to attract players from the five-year hibernation and lead to regular activity. The city has a number of players in the “Expert” range including Benjamin Chen. The Chess Drum will be on hand to provide coverage. Hopefully other local players will participate in the beginning of a new chapter for chess in the capital city.

1st Annual Capital City & Northwest Florida Open

Sections: Open, under-1800, under-1400 and under-800/unrated.

5 Round Swiss, G/90,d/5 affects Regular rating only. Round Times: Sat rounds: 10AM-2PM-6PM Sun rounds: 10AM-2PM.

Prizes: $350 $150 $75 $50

Entry Fee – (Open, U1800, and U1400) $55 BBCC and FOCC members if paid online, by phone, or in person by March 29th; $60 on-site. $10 more each for non-members (this means $65 non-members paid by March 29th, and $70 on-site). U800/Unr Section Entry Fee – $35 BBCC/FOCC members if paid online, by phone, or in person by March 29th, $40 on-site. $5 more each for non-members (this means $40 non-members paid by March 29th, and $45 on-site) by 3/29/2019, 9:30 pm USCF membership

USCF TLA listing:
On-site: 3/30/2019 by 9:30 am

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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