• Nafekot Tadesse

8th Annual Chess & Community Conference

Community Resilience

This year Chess and Community held its 8th annual conference, a day-long affair that brings together local officials, public speakers, and our Athens youth to engage in several activities. The main event is the youth chess tournament, for which C&C youth prepare diligently. Teams are arranged in pairs, threes, or brave solo players. In addition, the traditional table chess set is swapped with a life size floor set, enhancing the role of perspective in winning the game. The winning teams are awarded a total grand prize of $1000. This year for the health and safety of the community, the tournament, which is typically open to the public, will be streamed virtually for public viewing on April 10th, 2021.

Certain face to face components of the conference were still a great success thanks to support from the Athens Clarke County library where the youth chess tournament and essay winners were present to a socially distanced audience of C&C youth. Fun fact, In the beginnings of C&C, before the official conference was established, the ACC library was one of the original meeting spots where founder, Lemuel "Life" Laro