Great News – 2019 Chess & Science Festival is one of the Grant Recipients by the US Chess Women’s Program!

We are very pleased to announce that our 2019 Chess & Science Festival – organized by Belakovskaia Chess Academy in collaboration with Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, University of Arizona – was chosen as one of the Grant Recipients by the US Chess Women’s Program!

SAVE THE DATE – NOVEMBER 24th, 2019!

The extremely competitive selection process attracted 40 applicants from across the United States. Ultimately, 11 programs have been granted funds from a generous gift in partnership with the Saint Louis Chess Club.

Rex Sinquefield, who founded the Saint Louis Chess Club with Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield, told US Chess, “It’s great to see the commitment and passion organizers all over the country have for female empowerment through chess.”

US Chess Women’s Program Grant Recipients Announced

Huge Thank You to Rex & Jeanne Sinquefield, Saint Louis Chess Club and US Chess for supporting our upcoming event and Congratulations to all other recipients of the grant – together we can make a difference and help girls and women to achieve success in CHESS, BUSINESS, STEM and all other areas of life!

Taking a break in 2018

Thank you for checking!

We Took A Break in 2018, but are planning to resume going forward!

If you are interested in supporting our initiative, please contact Anjelina Belakovskaia (520) 370-0700 or Anjelina @ gmail.com.

Many kids and adults have enjoyed our Chess and Science Festival and we would like to have more events in the future.

However, as for the last 5 years the event was solely organized by volunteering efforts of Anjelina Belakovskaia, her family and a wonderful team of Flandrau staff, we can only do so much. Your help can make world of difference, regardless if it is financial contributions, or assistance with various tasks – ordering trophies, prizes, food, and other things for the event; running marketing and advertising campaigns, work on fundraising, including Kickstarter campaign, fulfilling rewards, etc…

Thank you again and we look forward to hearing from you!

5th Annual Chess & Science Festival was FUN for EVERYONE!

Once again it was held in our favorite location – at Flandrau Science Center in Tucson, AZ –
on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The All-GIRLS CHESS TOURNAMENT featured 3 sections:

  • Championship
  • U800
  • U400

There were also many SCIENCE EXHIBITS for children and adults:

 ALPHA CHI SIGMA – BETA TAU
 BRIAN THE BRAIN
 CATalyst
 EARTH SCIENCE DISCOVERY
 INSECT DISCOVERY
 MARINE DISCOVERY
 NEUROSCIENCE AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE Association of Students (NSCSAS)
 PUZZLES, PROOFS AND PATTERNS
 Student Members of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
 THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MINERAL MUSEUM – http://www.uamineralmuseum.org/
 FLANDRAU PLANETARIUM SHOWS: “Touring the Solar System” “Season of Light” “Laser Holidays” “Perfect Little Planet” “We Are Stars”
 AND MORE…

You can see the full 20-page report at:

Once again, we would like to acknowledge and give a HUGE THANKS to Flandrau Science Center Staff, Belakovskaia Chess Academy and our Kickstarter Supporters for making this Chess Dream a Reality for the last 5 years!

5th Annual Chess & Science Festival is coming on December 2nd, 2017

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Tucson, AZ – Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 – 9 am – 5 pm

FESTIVAL IS OPEN FOR ALL! Admission to Flandrau and all exhibits will be free! (*Please click here for details)

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Festival, but girls who want to play in the chess tournament should register in advance.

THE EVENT INCLUDES:
  • ALL-GIRLS CHESS TOURNAMENT IN 3 SECTIONS (OPEN, U800 & U400). USCF RATED. Entry Fee – please see details on https://www.events4chess.com/events/?event_ID=785
  • VARIOUS CHESS ACTIVITIES
  • MANY SCIENCE EXHIBITS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
  • MUSEUM ADMISSION
  • LASER SHOWS
  • … AND MUCH MORE!

ORGANIZATION, SUPPORT AND SPONSORSHIP COMES FROM: 

  • 3-TIME US WOMEN’S CHESS CHAMPION – WGM ANJELINA BELAKOVSKAIA
  • BELAKOVSKAIA CHESS ACADEMY PARENTS
  • FLANDRAU SCIENCE CENTER AND PLANETARIUM
  • Numerous Tucson companies and organizations, including the University of Arizona, College of Science and Math Department
  • UNITED STATES CHESS FEDERATION

Our Mission: To organize a special and memorable event that will have a long lasting positive influence on participants, parents and observers, through promoting girls’ self-esteem, confidence, and ability to compete in intellectual areas and achieve great success in chess and beyond – including math, science, finance, business and life!

Info: www.ChessandScienceFestival.com   (520) 370-0700   Anjelina@gmail.com

ALL-GIRLS tournament registration – https://www.events4chess.com/events/?event_ID=785

PRESS RELEASE:

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December 2016

4th Annual Chess & Science Festival at Flandrau Science Center was another great success!

With many new science exhibits, fun hands-on activities and All-Girls chess tournament, the event was filled with smiles and enjoyment. Children and adults were busy exploring, trying, observing and participating on Flandrau’s three floors and even on the outdoor lawn. Flandrau’s new theater featured amazing new shows and we all definitely will be back there before our 5th Annual Festival.

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The All-Girls chess tournament featured 22 players, competing for the Championship, U800 & U400 prizes. All the girls were friendly to each other, but very competitive and determined to fight on the chess board, feeling confident and inspired. They were in the spotlight and enjoyed it! At the award ceremony, in addition to trophies, girls received science kits and educational games, to keep them engaged in chess and science activities.

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It definitely helped to get support from the Mayor of Tucson – Jonathan Rothschild – who addressed the girls and encouraged them to advance further in chess and STEM disciplines. After the speech, Mayor helped to do the drawing for the raffle prizes. Everyone who came to Flandrau in the “chess related” outfit has received the tickets and the prizes came from the local company – Masterpiece Puzzles.

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Breakfast was sponsored by Belakovskaia Chess Academy and pizza and salad lunch was sponsored by the Mathematics Department of the University of Arizona.

Overall, a lot of people have contributed their time and money to make this event successful – Flandrau’s staff, PhD students, University of Arizona Math Department, 32 Kickstarter supporters, including Derek Sachs, Robin Williams, Beth Romero and Matthew Blanc, Masterpiece Puzzles, Mayor of Tucson – Jonathan Rothschild and Anjelina Belakovskaia, Principal of Belakovskaia Chess Academy. THANK YOU to ALL!

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Results from the All-Girls Chess Tournament:

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Highlighted in green are the winners of the Top 3 trophies in the Open (Championship) section, while highlighted in yellow are the winners of the Top 5 U800 trophies.

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Highlighted in blue are the winners of the Top 5 U400 trophies.

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Photo Album from the event is published on Belakovskaia Chess Academy Facebook page.