More than 600 scholastic chess players from all over the Midwest have registered for the 9th Annual Queen City Classic Chess Tournament, making it the second largest attendance in the event’s history. Held on March 12-13, 2010 at Paul Brown Stadium’s Club West, the tournament kicks off Friday evening with its first annual Shining Knight Award Ceremony, followed by live entertainment, a blindfold chess match between chess masters and the traditional simultaneous exhibition or “simul.”
Cris Collinsworth will begin Friday night’s events by honoring Anthony Munoz, the Pro Football Hall of Famer, former Cincinnati Bengal, and the evening’s emcee, with the first annual Shining Knight Award for his leadership and service to youth. Following his welcome, guests will be treated to an exhilarating step performance by the W.E.B. DuBois Academy Step Team.
Local masters will also square off against 40 young chess players simultaneously, a must-see display of intellectual prowess and extreme strategy. The tournament kicks off the next morning at 9:00 a.m. and culminates in an awards ceremony where more than 150 trophies are awarded.
Hosted by the Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund and The Cincinnati Bengals, the tournament creatively promotes discipline, goal-setting and critical thinking in a youth-friendly manner. Nearly every neighborhood in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is represented at the tournament, displaying the diversity of the Queen City. One of the largest scholastic chess tournaments in the Midwest, the tournament won the national acclaim of the prestigious United States Chess Federation’s “Organizer of the Year” award and continues to be revered nationally in the chess world.
For more information, please visit www.queencityclassic.org or call 513-924-5080.