Annual tournament to celebrate game of chess in Richmond

Annual tournament to celebrate game of chess in Richmond
Photo courtesy of the City of Richmond.

All chess enthusiasts are invited to participate in the 11th Annual Williams-Easterling Community Chess Tournament in Richmond on March 16.

The free tournament celebrating the great game of chess in the city will take place at the Richmond Recreation Complex at 3230 Macdonald Ave., according to TC Ball of the West Coast Chess Alliance (WCCA).

The WCCA partners with the City of Richmond Community Services and Recreation Department to hold the tournament in recognition of the contributions of Dr. McKinley Williams, President Emeritus of Contra Costa College, and the late John Easterling.  

“Dr. Williams has been very supportive of chess initiatives in Richmond. He believes that chess can have a positive impact on young minds,” said Ball. “While president of Contra Costa College, he created the concept of a community chess tournament, which was unique because it brings the whole chess community together, beginners and experts, rated and non-rated the young and the old.” 

Easterling mentored many young chess players in Richmond and the Bay Area, exposing hundreds to the game, Ball added. Easterling also taught the game of chess every Wednesday afternoon at the Richmond Children’s Library for many years. 

On-site registration for the March 16 tournament will be from 11 a.m. to noon. All participants must check in by noon, with no exceptions. Preregistration is highly suggested due to the limited space. Click here to register.