Chess Game Day @ The Dali Museum

Thursday March 29 – Chess Game Day @ The Dali Museum, St Petersburg, FL

Partners: US Chess Federation, Woman Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade (WGM),

St. Petersburg Chess Club and Acor Chess Academy

 10:30 – 11:30 Lecture “Duchamp Through the 64 Square Looking Glass” in The Dali Theater – with Jennifer Shahade a chess champion, commentator, Co-author of Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess and US Chess Digital Editor.  Shahade will talk about Dalí and Duchamp’s chess connection, explore highlights of Marcel Duchamp’s chess career, while showing some of her own projects inspired by Duchamp, such as Roulette Chess*, Naked Chess and Hula Chess**.  Shahade is also a board member of the World Chess Hall of Fame, a PokerStars Ambassador and author of Play Like A Girl and Chess Bitch.  Free admission.  Check-in 10am.  Lecture will be simultaneously cast to meet overflow attendance in the Raymond James Community Room.

*    Roulette Chess was co-created with Larry List 

** Hula Chess and Naked Chess were co-created with Daniel Meirom 

  • 10am – 4pm Chess Game Exhibitions, Raymond James Community Room.  Free admission. Tampa Bay area ranked chess players (seniors, adults, young adults, teens) will play each other for Museum visitors to observe ranked players in 40 minute games throughout the day.  Additional chessboards will be available for visitors to play spontaneous games.  Members of the St Petersburg Chess Club, SPCC President and Chess Coach Gene Randolph, Acor Chess Academy coaches and other area chess club members will be available to coach and answer questions about the game of chess.
  • 5pm to 6pm Surreal Simul Chess Games event attendee check – in, distribute name tags and Simul table assignments
  • 6pm to 8pm Surreal Simul Games in Dali Museum Raymond James Community Room.  By reservation only.  $5 fee.  Event attendees/players will be assigned Simul Table by lottery.  Simul tables of up to 20 each. If Simul event player is a youth (Under 18, One adult/parent can accompany for viewing with no charge).  No seats will be available for viewers.
  • It is recommended that all Simul Event guests be ranked players.  The Dali will collect rank and age information at RSVP, name and contact info  in case the Museum needs to contact event player in advance to game.
  • A simultaneous chess exhibition is a game in which one player (typically of high rank, such as a grandmaster or master) plays multiple games at a time with a number of other rated players. Often referred to simply as a “simul.”
  • Surreal Simul Games at The Dali Museum will be led by:
    • Woman Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade
    • Florida Speed Chess Champion 2017, Corey Acor, Acor Chess Academy
    • Anthony Gospodinov, 11 year old A player.  Two Time National Champion & Two Time Florida State Champion for Scholastic Chess
    • 20 event guests per Simul table, each game will last 1 ½ hours to 2 hours
    • Must be flexible if the Simul tables goes longer.

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