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HFS Sponsors Kinzie Elementary for the KCF All-Girls Chess Tournament

Posted by on 4/15/2015 to Community


Photos from 2014 Tournament by Jorge Barrera

The 12th Annual KCF All-Girls National Chess Championships are being held this weekend. The best news is that 345 girls have already registered for this event, breaking last years previous record high of 322! Why care? Because chess, more than almost any other activity, teaches higher level thinking skills, such as the ability to visualize, analyze, and think critically. And that’s a set of skills we want every girl to own.

We believe that chess symbolizes intellectual achievement in a male-dominated arena. Part of our mission is to level the playing field in terms of women’s self image, self-esteem and intellectual development. The National All Girls Tournament helps deliver on that mission. This is why we have chosen to support the All Girls for the third year in a row. In addition to awarding belt bags to the top three finishers, we have once again partnered with Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation (the organization that runs this tournament) to sponsor a team of girls that might not otherwise be able to play due to financial restraints.

This year we are sponsoring a team of 5th and 6th grade girls from Kinzie Elementary, a public school in the city of Chicago. The school’s regular chess team consists of both girls and boys, and won Second Place in the South Side Regional Tournament earlier this year. However, what we love most is that over half the entire team is girls (more than any other team at that grade level in the entire city! Go Kinzie!!! Join us in wishing this awesome team of girls the best of luck this weekend and stay tuned for updates as the tournament begins!

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