Chess meets art: When the Tour went to NYC

Edward Radzivilovskiy in New York

Spreading the word of chess is the mission of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour – and there’s no bigger stage to do so from than the Big Apple, New York City.

In the run-up to last month’s Chessable Masters, the Tour went on a very special trip to attend a NYC institution, the NADA art fair.

It was a chance to examine the fascinating relationship between chess and art and help grow the game by hosting a 24-player blitz chess tournament for NYC public school kids from the city’s Chess in the Schools program.

After all, as they say, if you can make it in New York, you’ll make it anywhere, kid.

Here’s our roving reporter, and New York resident, Ed Radzivilovskiy with the story:

Visitors to the fair were also treated to a simultaneous match put on by Grandmaster Pascal Charbonneau, a two-time Canadian Champion, and International Master Dmitri Shneider, Chief Financial Officer of Play Magnus Group.

“I love the event,” said Mr Shneider. “Play Magnus has been a big supporter of Chess in the Schools for many years and we’re always trying to do small events with them and, finally, something like this can come together when kids get exposure to the art world when often-times they wouldn’t be able to. It’s just a cool thing to do and we love it and want to do more of this.”

The events were put on through a partnership between the Tour’s organiser PMG and the Critical Path Method Gallery and ran over two days during New York Art Week.

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