About this project
Do you know that many parents still believe that Science, Business and Mathematics are for men and their daughters should not compete in these areas? It’s sad, but it is true – girls are encouraged to go into music, art, teaching… and stay away from the areas currently dominated by men.
Chess is one of the games where girls can challenge the notion of men’s thinking superiority and compete at the highest intellectual level, effectively proving that there should be no barriers for women’s accomplishments.
At the same time, girls’ social needs are quite different than those of boys’. While the majority of boys are naturally competitive and love to win, girls face the dilemma of hurting the losers and traumatizing their friends by beating them. It takes time and a nurturing environment to build girls’ self-esteem, confidence and competitiveness, so they realize there is nothing wrong with winning the games, being successful, setting high goals and achieving them, all while keeping friendship and helping others to improve.
In an effort to help girls get on the right track, encourage and celebrate their success in chess and in life, Catalina Foothills Chess Academy and Flandrau Science Center are organizing “1st CHESS & SCIENCE FESTIVAL” on April 13, 2013. The event will include All-Girls Chess Tournament, simultaneous chess exhibition, various science exhibits, museum admission, laser shows and more!
As Benjamin Franklin stated in "The Morals of Chess, 1750": "The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions. For Life is a kind of Chess..." http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/founders/franklin/benjamin-franklin-the-morals-of-chess-1750
While the time to prepare is quite short, we strive to make it an exceptional quality, memorable event that will set a precedent and hopefully become an annual tradition.
We need sponsors. So far, we got offers of free T-shirts, wristbands, pens & chess books for prizes... However, we still in need of funds for chess sets, clocks, pairing software, etc... with a total amount in the range of $1,000. We truly hope that you’d be able to provide some funds to help us in our mission to promote intellectual development for girls through chess and science. Any excess of funds will be used for future events. Thanks in advance.
Who are "we"?
Organization, support and sponsorship comes from:
* 3-Time US Women’s Chess Champion – WGM ANJELINA BELAKOVSKAIA
* Catalina Foothills Chess Academy parents
* Flandrau Science Center
* Numerous Tucson companies and organizations, including The University of Arizona, College of Science and Mathematics Department
* United States Chess Federation
Brief background: My name is Anjelina Belakovskaia and Iʼm a 3-Time U.S. Womenʼs Chess Champion, Woman International Grandmaster, World Champion among students (USSR Team) and Leader of the US Olympic Chess Team.
Back in 1998-2000, when I was a Chairperson of the Women's Committee of the United States Chess Federation, I tried very hard to get separate girls tournaments going, but faced extremely tough opposition from within. Luckily, the times have changed. All-girls tournaments are great - they boost self-esteem, confidence and help girls to prove that they are at least as smart as boys and can be very successful in all areas of life, including science, mathematics, business, finance and other male dominated areas.
Risks and challenges
As anything that is done first time, the ALL-GIRLS tournament will have a lot of unknowns - the number of participants, the difference in their level of play, girls ability to travel to Tucson, etc...
The worst case scenario would be to get less than 10 participants. We have already 7 sign-ups, with registration being open for only a few days.
I don't really see this happening. By offering high quality, attractive venue - FLANDRAU SCIENCE CENTER, we make the event attractive to a wider audience and encourage parents to bring their daughters to play. There are over 10 girls - students at Catalina Foothills Chess Academy, who are interested in participating in this tournament. In addition, we'll send press-release to the local media, to promote the event and increase number of participants. Sending information to the chess clubs around the AZ State should help as well. United Chess Federation promised to send an email notification to all USCF members living in the Southwest. Simultaneously, we'll promote the event online and by word of mouth.
On the opposite side, with too many participants, we might need extra Tournament Directors, which I am positive I'd be able to recruit. (I have been a Chief Director in 15 tournaments, so I have plenty of experience and connections).
The rest is technicality - ordering trophies, running the event, etc.... The more funds we get, the easier it will be to organize and the better conditions we can offer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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