The Richmond community is invited to participate in the 7th Annual McKinley Williams – John Easterling Community Chess Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Recreation Complex at 3230 Macdonald Ave.
Registration runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon on tournament day, with chess rounds going at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The free tournament, sponsored by the West Coast Chess Alliance and The City of Richmond Community Service Department, recognizes the contributions of Mr. McKinley Williams, President Emeritus of Contra Costa College, and also the late Mr. John Easterling’s efforts to promote the Royal Game of Chess in the city of Richmond.
“Mr. Williams has been very supportive of chess initiatives in Richmond, he believes that chess can have a positive impact young minds,” said TC Ball, director of the West Coast Chess Alliance. “While president of Contra Costa Community College, he created the concept of community chess tournament, which was unique because it brings the whole chess community together, beginners and experts, the young and the old.”
Easterling was a mentor to many young chess players in Richmond
and the Bay Area, Ball added.
“His legacy lives on in those chess players who were first exposed to the game by him. He taught the game of chess every Wednesday’s afternoon at the Richmond’s Children’s Library for many years,” Ball said.