Hip Hop Chess Federation Tournament-San Francisco
Posted Oct 18 2007
On October 13th, 2007 The Hip Hop Chess Federation brought together some of the sharpest hip hop artists, chess players, and martial artists to promote positive living, the youth, and of course, chess. Those who know the history of hip hop, chess, and martial arts understand the connections, which include an emphasis on discipline, self-awareness, and hard-work. Essays could be written on this topic, but let's just say that for many of us who grew up in the '70s and '80s, these three areas are intertwined. But that's for another day...
Celebrities in the house included Balance, K.E.V., Big Rich, Emma Bentley, the 10 year old world chess champion from England, and Josh Waitzken, who the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer" was about, although he's much more than that movie. Many others came out to support and compete, as shown below. Additionally, a number of youth from schools and organizations from around the Bay competed for scholarships and other prizes. My school, Oakland Unity High represented, coming in third place, while Leo Lopez of O'Connell H.S. in San Francisco took the individual championship and walked away $1,500 richer! Shout out to Youth Uprising and Muhammad's University of Islam for coming out, as well as the others who participated. In the celebrity tournament, Wu-Tang's RZA took the belt. Special thanks to Adisa, Me'ko, Leo, and others for making this happen! Check out this article and video from the Oakland Tribune.