Meet a Grandmaster, attend a workshop and play chess.
May 30 - June 1, 2024 at UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Ln.
On the weekend of May 30 - June 1, 2024 we will be hosting the 3rd Annual Stephen Sosnick Memorial Chess Festival at UC Davis!
Events will include a simultaneous exhibition, lecture and book signing by GM Joel Benjamin on Friday evening, a 5-round USCF chess tournament on Saturday, and a 7-round USCF tournament on Sunday, with game commentary and analysis by GM Joel Benjamin.
The event is open to players of all ages and abilities, students and non-students alike.
Advanced registration is required.
Festival hosted by Sosnick Chess, the Chess Club at UC Davis & Davis Scholastic Chess Club.
Stephen Sosnick was a Professor of Agricultural Economics at UC Davis from 1957 until 2014. He was a lifelong chess enthusiast, earning an expert ranking of 2174, and was a founding member of the Davis Chess Club and a City of Davis Chess Champion. This Chess Festival was established in 2021 to honor his legacy and promote the game he loved.
Grandmaster Joel Benjamin became the youngest national master at age 13, breaking the record previously held by Bobby Fischer. He went on to win the U.S. Championship on three occasions and competed on six U.S. Olympiad teams. He was the official grandmaster consultant for IBM’s Deep Blue computer, which defeated World Champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. Order his latest book here.
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