Each school year, cities across Broward County host the Mayors’ Chess Challenge, a free open play event that celebrates the role of chess in education and in community. Players of all ages and abilities come out to play against local mayors and other elected officials, as well as against their friends. First envisioned by Mayor Mike Ryan of Sunrise, this year we had events across Broward County, as well as Boca Raton, and were planning one for Miami Beach.
Of course, the City of Sunrise event is always a highlight of the season. At this year’s celebration, the NSCF presented a thank you proclamation to Chief Anthony Rosa and the City of Sunrise Police Dept for their support since the very first workshop back in October 2014. The City proclaimed this Saturday as Jacorey Bynum Day in recognition of his rapid growth as a chess player. And then Mayor Ryan surprised our Executive Director, Sunil Weeramantry, by presenting him with the Key to the City of Sunrise in recognition of the tremendous partnership the city has had with the NSCF. Other highlights of the day included GM Hikaru Nakamura coming out to play, and a tandem simul with NM Evan Rabin from NY joining our own WFM Dr. Amelia Hernandez in a tandem simul against our Sunrise school kids. It was a very fun day!