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Hip Hop Chess Tournament

Posted in GETV Episode by ekai on the October 22nd, 2007

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We got wind of a big chess tournament happening with some of the big names in hip hop, so of course we had to see what this was all about. Turns out the Hip Hop Chess Federation was putting on the inaugural Chess Kings Invitational, an event with the brightest young minds of chess competing for scholarships and the big belt. Chess, hip hop music and martial arts are the elements that build life strategies according to founder Adisa Banjoko. Irina gets the scoop behind the 64 squares and meets legends PopMaster Fabel of the Rock Steady Crew and The RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan among others.

Episode links: Hip Hop Chess Federation, HHCF blog, Adisa Banjoko, Pop Master Fabel, Emma Bentley, The RZA, DLabrie, Davey D’s wrapup, Chesspark, [full interviews: Adisa Banjoko, PopMaster Fabel, Emma Bentley, DLabrie, The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Rugged Monk]

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov) | Portable (iPod) | YouTube

  • pfm

    Wow, that was really cool. Thanks!!

  • Adisa Banjoko

    This was soooo cool. The HHCF loves everybody on your team!!!!

    Geeks for EVAAAAAAAAA.


  • Zadi

    Cool! RZA is freakin’ AWESOME. 😀

  • Paul

    This was a fantastic show! This is why I enjoy geekentertainment. I can’t imagine MSM bringing this to the masses, and if they did- the gangsta angle would be played up to the hilt and not the fact that cool people are listening to cool music while playing an incredibly cool game.

    Chess has cred. Of course it does.

  • Casual

    Hip Hop Chess is the future!!!

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  • Marynificent

    HAH! I love this video!

  • Jackson West

    I’ve watched a lot of GETV episodes, and frankly, this is my favorite. Great work, guys!

  • cisc1970

    Not a lot of equipment required but the organization to pull off an event like that is great. I’m chess illiterate.

  • Opra

    To say the truth, I used to think that hip hop music and chess are incompatible things. And I was really surprised to know that such a tournament can take place. That’s great!

  • http://thisone irina slutsky

    @opra so great thanks for watching and learnin’

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  • patriciawo0323

    tu blog es excelente! te mando 702 felicitaciones!

  • ????

    Nice one. I have stumbled and twittered this for my friends. Others no doubt will like it like I did.

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