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.

4th Annual Chess & Science Festival is coming on December 3rd, 2016

 

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Tucson, AZ – Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 – 9 am – 5 pm

FESTIVAL IS OPEN FOR ALL!

Special Flandrau reduced admission: Adult $3, Child $3

THE EVENT INCLUDES:

  • ALL-GIRLS CHESS TOURNAMENT IN 3 SECTIONS (OPEN, U800 & U400). USCF RATED. Entry Fee: $25* – please see details on http://www.events4chess.com/events/?event_ID=702
  • 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 – http://www.events4chess.com/events/?event_ID=702

 

 

3rd Chess & Science Festival participation set new record!

 

3rd Annual Chess and Science Festival has taken place on Saturday, November 7th at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium in Tucson, AZ.

All-Girls Tournament attracted 30 girls – our all-time high! Girls, ages 5 – 15 y.o., came from all over Arizona to compete in the All-Girls Tournament and participate in the numerous science activities. As before, their parents, siblings and hundreds of visitors came to participate in the Festival, cheer for the girls and support the cause. Mayor of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild, came to address the girls and encourage their envolvement in chess, science and other intellectual areas.

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Overall, Chess & Science Festival had overwhelmingly positive feedback and many parents expressed sincere gratitude to the organizers for the high quality outstanding event:

“Every Chess & Science Festival event has been great, and yet you manage to make it even better year after year. We don’t know how you are able to improve, but this year was the best!”

“… Our daughter loves to play in the All-Girls Tournament and we are looking forward to come back next year.”

“Thank you! Thank you! Thanks you! Chess & Science Festival was fantastic!”

and more.

We would like to express our sincere THANK YOU to all who supported the event, either by volunteering their time or by providing financial means to run it.

We look forward to organizing 4th Annual Chess & Science Festival in 2016, but hope to get additional support from the parents and sponsors!

Please consider helping us!

You Are Invited! 3rd Annual Chess and Science Festival & All-Girls Tournament – November 7th, 2015

 

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Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Tucson, AZ – Saturday, November 7th, 2015 – 9 am – 5 pm

FESTIVAL IS OPEN FOR ALL!

Special Flandrau reduced admission: Adult $5, Child $3

THE EVENT INCLUDES:

  • ALL-GIRLS CHESS TOURNAMENT IN 3 SECTIONS (OPEN, U800 & U400). USCF RATED. Entry Fee: $25* – please see details on http://www.events4chess.com/events/?event_ID=613
  • 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 – www.events4chess.com/events/?event_ID=613

 

 

3rd Annual Chess and Science Festival & All-Girls Tournament – 2015

Our 3rd Annual Chess and Science Festival & All-Girls Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th, 2015 – SAVE THE DATE!

Over the last few months we have received a lot of inquiries about the 3rd Annual event, but April is just way too busy with holidays, tests, and conflicting events. In November of this year, we expect significant increase in the number of participants in the Festival and in the All-Girls Tournament.

Our organizing committee has already met twice and we are brainstorming on how to make it better. If you have any ideas – please contact us!