It was a full house in the Bermuda Room at Richmond Memorial Auditorium for the 2nd Annual Chess Month in Richmond Festival Tournament.
The festival attracted 72 participants — a record for a chess tournament in Richmond.
“Everyone had a good time; the City of Richmond is increasingly developing a reputation as a destination placed to play chess,” said TC Ball, founder of the West Coast Chess Alliance. “None of this would be possible without the support of the Community Service Department, to make chess part of the cultural fiber of Richmond.”
The community chess event was a collaborative effort between the Community Service Department, the Berkeley Chess School and the West Coast Chess Alliance.
Last year, the Richmond City Council designated the month of October as Chess Month in Richmond to promote civic engagement around the royal game of chess. That ushered in the festival, along with a “Chess for School” enrichment class being launched at eight West Contra Costa Unified schools and two community centers. The new schools project is funded by the Chevron Richmond Environmental and Community Investment grant program.
TC Ball was grateful to Kymberlyn Carson-Thrower and the staff at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium “for providing excellent accommodations for our community chess event.”