Cross Culture Girls June

In June we will have the honor to have the strongest female player on the planet Grandmaster Judit Polgar as a guest. On June 3rd at 3.30 pm US Eastern time, Judit will answer your questions and WGM Jennifer Shahade will show some nice games and tactics from Judits long and impressive career. Do not miss it!

Schedule June

1) June 3 at 3.30 pm US Eastern Time – Q&A with Judit Polgar!

2) June 4 at 12 noon US Eastern Time – Tournament & Session

3) June 18 at 12 noon US Eastern Time – Kings Indian lecture by Women Grandmaster Katerina Nemcova

4) July 9th at 12 noon US Easter Time – Kings Indian Tournament

Judit used to be top 10 in the world!

Also do not forget to check the club for this months casual tournaments.

Grandmaster Judit Polgar
Women Grandmaster Katerina Nemcova is a player of the US National Team

Cross Culture Girls May!

Next class in the Cross Culture Girls program will be on Friday, May 14th at 12 noon US Eastern Time.

Grandmasters will teach you how to train chess!

Do not miss it!

  

Business Meets Chess & Kids Online!

On April 23rd, Business Executives from the Swedish Trade & Industry will pair with kids from the Swedish inner-city communities for a Tandem Chess Tournament online. Among the participants are companies like Spotify, Merck and Redeye. The pre-event will see Grandmaster Nils Grandelius take on 10 players in an online simul. One of his challengers are the first Swede in space, the astronaut Christer Fuglesang.

Christer Fuglesang

Schedule

1pm – 2pm – Grandmaster Nils Grandelius will play against 10 challengers.

2pm – 6pm – The Tandem Chess Tournament

All times are CEST (Central European Standard Time). If you would like to be one of the lucky players that gets the chance to challenge GM Grandelius then contact us on info@businessmeetschessandkids.com

The real estate billionaire Greg Dingizian is among the participants

Cross Culture Girls April

Next session will be on April 23rd at 12.00 noon US Eastern Time. Do not miss it since it will be a very instructive class with a tournament and feedback on your games by WGM Jennifer Shahade and WIM Sabrina Chevannes.

Sabrina is ready for April 23rd

Tournaments April

April will be a tournament month so there will be various online tournaments. Information about them will be published in the chess club at chess.com.

Cross Culture Girls March

African Online Champion under 9 Elisabeth Cassidy is ready for the March trainings

Next two sessions will be:
1) March 13th at 11 am US Eastern Time. When we will welcome the Swedish, legendary Grandmaster and two folded European Champion, Pia Cramling that will share her knowledge with all of you in a Masterclass. There will also be a tournament.

Grandmaster Pia Cramling

2) March 19th at 12.00 noon US Eastern Time. We will be joined by the “Queen of Qatwe” Phiona Mutesi that will talk about her life and chess career. If you have not yet seen the Walt Disney Movie Queen of Qatwe you should! since it is really good.

Phiona Mutesi in action with her coach Robert Katende watching
Photo: Carlos Illardo

Homework

We remind all girls about the homework to March 19th

1. To try to increase your playing rating on chess.com with 100 points.

2. To try to increase your puzzle rating on chess.com with 200 points.

3. To play against a minimum of 5 other members of the Cross Culture Girls program.


Cross Culture Girls in February 2021

Next two sessions will be:
1) February 19th at 12.00 noon US Eastern Time

2) February 20th at 11 am US Eastern Time (A thematic tournament in the Sicilian opening)

Homework

We remind all girls about the homework to February 19th

1. To try to increase your playing rating on chess.com with 100 points.

2. To try to increase your puzzle rating on chess.com with 200 points.

3. To play against a minimum of 5 other members of the Cross Culture Girls program.

4. To train on the sicilian opening since we will do a thematic tournament on February 20. All games in that tournament will start with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3.

Keep on training!

Our Cross Culture Girls program expands!

We are happy to announce that we have now expanded our program so that it does not only engage girls from The US and Kenya no, now also all chess playing girls from Uganda, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi and Tanzania can join our Cross Culture Girls program 😃

What is our Cross Culture Girls Program

It is a online program that we run in partnership with Lighthouse Chess Club and US Chess Women. The program offers free chess training lead by female top players and cross cultural sessions where the girls interact and learn from each other.

Goals with the program

  • To through the help of chess create a cultural exchange between the girls.
  • A mutually beneficial exchange that will lead to female empowerment, inspiration, improved chess skills, new experiences, and new friends.

What is needed to join

The girls need to have an internet connection plus a device that allows them to connect to be able to follow the classes/ play the tournaments.

For the girls that have attended our sessions and tournaments plus joined our chess club at chess.com there have been some nice rewards not just in terms of alot of fun, increased skills (many have increased their online ratings with more then 200 points) and new friends but also new physical chess boards and Diamond memberships at Chess.com

How to join

For questions or to sign up for the program please contact Mrs. Judith Kiragu +254 721485493 judy.kiragu@fortemcltd.com


Give a gift on Giving Tuesday!

Today, December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a day that encourages people to do good and help other people in the world to get through difficulties. If you would like to help our Kenyan kids from the Mukuru Kwa Njenga Slums that has been badly affected by the virus situation and lockdown in their country and they need clothes, food and chess equipments so they can stay healthy and keep their minds sharp in these challenging times, then please send your donation through our website at paypal.me/pools/c/89ee7XWmWS

Asante Sana!

Carlsen is ready for Business Meets Chess & Kids in Oslo!

Magnus Carlsen in action!

On November 6, Norwegian business leaders will meet with children from the inner city communities for a tandem chess tournament. Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion and founder of Play Magnus Group will be one of the participants together with the CEO of Ferd, Morten Borge. They are joined by business leaders from companies like Carnegie, Verdane Capital, Knowit, 4C and Alfred Berg.

The tournament will start at 3pm Central European Time, and will be covered by Chess 24, Do not miss it!

Morten & Elilan

Cross Culture Girls!

In partnership with Lighthouse Chess Club and US Chess Women we are very happy to present our new US – Kenya cross culture girls program.

The program that runs online, offers free chess training lead by female top players and cross cultural sessions where Kenyan and American girls interact and learn from each other.

Goals with the program

  • To through the help of chess create a cultural exchange between Kenyan and American girls.
  • A mutually beneficial exchange that will lead to female empowerment, inspiration, improved chess skills, new experiences, and new friends.

For questions or to sign up for the program please contact Mrs. Judith Kiragu +254 721485493 judy.kiragu@fortemcltd.com