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Inaugural Hawaii Chess Festival

Honolulu, Hawaii – Slated for March 14th-22nd, 2015, the inaugural “Hawaii Chess Festival” is being put on to attract chess players from all over the world to the island of Oahu.

Centered at the Hilton Waikiki Beach (but moving around to different venues), this inaugural Festival will consist of a series of chess events for players of all ages and abilities.

Some of the scheduled events include an International Open tournament, a world-class Grandmaster Invitational, the Hawaii State Scholastic Chess Championships, a speed chess tournament, and a “Chess Day at Magic Island.”

This showcase Magic Island event will seek to draw the public en masse, and will feature a simultaneous exhibition, where two or three world-class players will take on up to 100 players at the same time.

Hawaii Chess Festival - Waikiki

Chief Organizer Beau Mueller says about the Festival, “Our hope is for the Hawaii Chess Festival to be the premier Asia-Pacific chess event. It’s going to be a lot of fun for local and visiting players, and should go a long way in developing local interest in the game.” He goes on to say, “Besides being a wonderful pastime, chess is an excellent learning tool that offers many benefits, especially for children.”

The Festival seeks not only to provide a one-of-a-kind “chess vacation,” but is being put on for a good cause; net proceeds from the event will support scholastic chess initiatives of the Hawaii Chess Federation (a 501(c)3 non-profit).

More information about the Hawaii Chess Festival is online at

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