Hip Hop, Chess and Martial Arts Finally Unite in Real Time
By: Julianne Shepherd
POSTED: 13:19 EST, February 23, 2007

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A consortium of Bay Area rappers, martial arts champs and others are convening today in San Jose, CA, for a free hip hop chess exhibition / grudge match. The event is the first in a series of nationwide tournaments meant to teach local youth the game of chess, and allow them to consort with rappers and martial artists in a relaxed environment.

It’s also the kick-off for the International Hip Hop Chess Federation, formed by organizer Adisa Banjoko and Leo Libiran. The Federation’s goal is “to use Hip Hop and chess to help young bright minds actualize their potential,” according to a statement made by Libiran in a press release.

“There are so many rappers who play chess, it’s mind blowing,” said Banjoko. “We’ll be showcasing a more authentic, intellectual side of who these men are, and what they can do. Uplifting young minds is the sole reason for this event.”

Here is the full article.

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