Chess Peace - Paper Printable Chess Boards/Pieces.
Organized by: Matt Murray
EVENT DATE Aug 18, 2016
One doesn't need to know english, french, or punjabi to play. In fact all those many different language groups play chess. In a way, it's mathematical in its universality. At the same time chess requires no batteries just paper and even dots of paper with the chess piece icons crudely drawn. It turns out that playing chess at young ages fosters physiological development as well prevents cerebral function decay in aging adults. It also teaches sportpersonship, critical thinking, planning, and consequence. Turns out it's a lot of fun too. Fast forward a life time of chess games, jumping at the chance to recreationally play with kids of all ages and oddly because of my affection for american sculptor Alexander Calder I wanted to see parks with mid size chess pieces next to swings. Let mothers teach their daughters in the bright sunshine. No screens needed. Let strangers match wits and shake hands as friends, across ethnicities and language barriers. But then of course that's expensive to drop mid size chess pieces all over the world, much less geographically prohibitive. So I created PrintNPlayChess. Find a printer and ink, (there are many churches, mosques, and schools with ancient printers that work) grab an old cereal box, cut it up to fit the printer, or a shoe box, or a piece of paper and out comes a two dimensional chess board. Simply cut out the pieces, align the indicated fold and viola, one has a 3D chess piece. Rules are written in any language imaginable and soon children are competed, their minds expanding, and they've learned and loved another tool against the void.
The $25,000 goes to a much better website, chess rule translation into every known language, drop ship paper board or ink to deserving locations across the world and of course mid-life size chess pieces in parks across the globe for kids of all ages to connect over language, race, socioeconomic, and political boarders.