Hip Hop Congress, Rockford library offer intro to chess

Staff Report

The Hip Hop Congress of Rockford (RHHC) and the Rockford Public Library will host their first event of the year for the community, “Chess & Beats: Introduction to Chess,” from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, in the auditorium at the Rockford Public Library Main Branch, 215 N. Wyman St.

The purpose of this event is to expose the community to chess, hip hop, and the educational value they bring to the table.

The complex, yet simple, things such as hip hop and chess teach invaluable life lessons that can be used in the business world and in everyday situations. Strong decision-making and conversational skills are just some of the life lessons that could be learned.

The combination of hip hop and chess turns the stereotypes made of those who listen to hip hop upside-down by showing the intellectual side of this hipster generation.

The hip hop culture has a very intellectual background that revolves around values and knowledge that usually gets buried underneath all of the press, media and radio. This event creates a safe environment where the seemingly nerdy-like chess players are just as cool as hip hop is perceived to be by the younger generation.

The event is free to the public and will feature an instructional session by Erik Czerwin, who works and coaches at Rockford Guilford High School. Czerwin is also publishing an upcoming book about chess called Chess Progress, to be released in spring 2014. This event is for all ages and all skill levels.

The event will also feature a social chess portion, where you can play chess with those in attendance while listening to instrumental hip hop-based music. All equipment such as board and pieces will be provided. Refreshments will be provided as well.

For more info, contact Dj Maclin at ice911@gmail.com or visit www.rockfordhhc.org.

From the Jan. 15-21, 2014, issue

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