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!

2014 Chess & Science Festival – summary and results

2nd Annual Chess and Science Festival has taken place on Saturday, April 19th at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium in Tucson, AZ.

The event attracted 27 girls – some as young as 5 y.o., who competed in the All-Girls Tournament and participated in the numerous science activities.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. PBS / Arizona Public Media was videotaping large part of the event.

18-page report on 2014 Chess and Science Festival and All-Girls Tournament

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

“Dear Anjelina, I would like to thank you and the sponsors for organizing such a great event. My daughter is delighted with her pink trophy! I think this is a turning point in her chess playing. Her confidence has gone up, and she is really looking forward now to playing at Nationals in May. I and the boys also had a great time exploring the exhibits and watching the shows. I hope this becomes a Tucson tradition…”

“Super event!”

“… Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful event…”

and more.

PBS / Arizona Public Media has aired the story about the event on Tuesday, May 27th:


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 are looking forward to organizing 3rd Annual Chess & Science Festival in 2015, but hope to get additional support from the parents and sponsors, as many Flandrau employees, University of Arizona PhD students, and other organizers put a lot of time and effort to make this event a success, with the hope of long lasting positive effect it will have on girls active participation in the areas of math, science, business and chess.

1st Annual Chess & Science Festival and All-Girls Chess Tournament was a huge success!

It was held at FLANDRAU SCIENCE CENTER –  http://www.flandrau.org/ on April 13th, 2013.

26 girls competed in the All-Girls Tournament and 10 chess players, including CFCA students and parents and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild participated in the simultaneous exhibition.

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There were total 3 Prizes in the Open Section of ALL-GIRLS Tournament, 5 in the Reserve Section, with additional 2 Prizes U400 and 2 Prizes U200, and 2 Prizes in the Open Blitz section.

Here is the list of winners:
1. ROMY NICOLE BENITO (prefect score 3 out of 3!) – won FREE ENTRY to the International Youth Championship in Las Vegas.
2. RUDRAKSHI DASIKA (on tie-breaks)
3. ANGELA NICOLE KINSEY (on tie-breaks)

1. KATE NELSON (prefect score 4 out of 4!) – won FREE ENTRY to the International Youth Championship in Las Vegas.
2. ANNELISE ROSE ALLEN (on tie-breaks)
3. MIEKE RAZA (on tie-breaks)
5. JANNE RAZA (on tie-breaks)
6. SAHASRAKSHI DASIKA (on tie-breaks)

2. SI:BAN MAIDIN CAZARES-KELLY (on tie-breaks)

2. KATRINA PURVANCE (on tie-breaks)

2. KENNEDY WARRILOW (on tie-breaks)

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! You can see the detailed results and new ratings at: http://www.uschess.org/msa/AffDtlTnmtHst.php?A6038416

Click on links to see pictures published by Arizona Daily Star  and those, taken by me and posted on Facebook .

Girls playing chess – video:

There was a TV – KGUN9, that interviewed kids and parents. The video should be out in a few days.

Mayor of Tucson – Jonathan Rothschild, has attended the event, played in the simultaneous exhibition against Brian Belakovsky and addressed participants of the All-Girls Tournament.

Brian scored fantastic 8.5 out of 10 (8 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss), considering that his rating is 1,339 and many of his opponents were in 800 – 1000 range. His only defeat came from Chong Ju (USCF 999) and CFCA student Trey Allen (USCF 838) held him to a draw!

All kids and parents were fed, due to the generous sponsorship of Math Department, UA (special THANKS to Professor Sergey Cherkis from Math Department!).

Every child received a trophy, certificate and a prize!

Many parents, kids and visitors watched Brooklyn Castle and participated in various science activities.

Bruce Bayly’s Physics Factory Bus, The Arizona Mathematics Road Show, Math Cats, Astronomy Club and Women in Physics presented physics, math, astronomy and other science activities to the tournament participants and other visitors, encouraging their future involvement in those areas. Their participation was an important part of Chess & Science Festival and was greatly appreciated (special THANKS to Dr. Brenda Frye from the
Department of Astronomy, who was instrumental in getting all the parties together and in setting up Flandrau Planetarium as the venue).

We are planning to host this event annually and increase its significance in Tucson life in the years to come, promoting girls’ involvement in Math, Science and Chess activities.

Again, we’d like to THANKS YOU to our wonderful sponsors, who made this event possible and hope we will have even more support in the future!

Event Details:

April 13th, 2013, Saturday. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

1st Annual Chess & Science Festival and All-Girls Chess Tournament.

The event will be held at FLANDRAU SCIENCE CENTER –  http://www.flandrau.org/

1601 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 621-STAR

All-Girls Tournament – 4 rounds (games): 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm. Closing Ceremony – 3:00 – 3:15 pm.
10-board Chess Simultaneous Exhibition by 9 year old kid will start at 12:00 pm.

All other activities – Physics, Math, Science and Astronomy exhibits – will be throughout the day.

Any updates will be published at:
https://www.facebook.com/FlandrauScienceCenter and

For your information – PARKING is free in the UA garages on Saturday. Cherry Ave Garage (Cherry & 4th)  is probably the closest – west on Speedway from Campbell, south on Cherry Ave. Garage is in red, Flandrau in black on the map