Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Reflect deeply on this...

Of people who regard water lightly, many have drowned. - Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure

Its so hard to kill the enemy in the mirror...

It is spiritless to think that you cannot attain to that which you have seen and heard masters attain. The masters are men. You are also a man. If you think that you will be inferior in doing something, you will be on that road very soon. - Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure

Monday, October 29, 2007

Swedish TV Show Profiles the HHCF!

These guys have been supporting us since day one! Check another quick profile on HHCF on Sweden's Mitt I Schack! There is also a cool bit of news on Bill Clinton and chess in here!

To see more amazing chess news from around the world visit: www.worldchessnews.com

They have subtitles, so make sure your kids watch and learn!

Amazing demonstration by Shaolin Monks!

KPFA Covers the Hip-Hop Chess Federation!

Emma Bentley prepares to lock horns with Ralek Gracie on the 64 squares

KPFA Radio drops some deep coverage of the HHCF!!

Exclusives with Rakaa, RZA & GZA and Ralek Gracie are all in there! Listen here.

If you want to purchase an exclusive CD with our panel discussion and interviews with other stars who attended, you can purchase one at www.kpfa.org .

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I'm addicted to Chesspark....

I'm on there all the time now...Watching games, playing games and going head-up with Robopawn...If you wanna get served personally by the HHCF cofounder- come see me at www.chesspark.com!! Actually, I'm pretty average. But, at least we can kick it and have some fun. Laterz.

-Adisa Banjoko aka The Bishop of Hip-Hop

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Geek TV on the HHCF. Irina Slutsky Rules! (PURE COMEDY!)

Watch Irina Slutsky from Geek TV on HHCF.

Full interviews from the HHCF Chess Kings Invitational are below:
HHCF Co-founder,
Adisa Banjoko

VP of Rock Steady Crew, Popmaster Fabel.

DLabrie from the Hip-Hop Congress...

11-yr old Speed Chess Champion, Emma Bentley.

Wu-affiliate Black Knights, Rugged Monk.

HHCF Chess Kings Champion, RZA.

NY Times: Chess Helps Kids Improve Math Skills

Danbury second-graders play chess to sharpen math skills
By Eileen FitzGerald STAFF WRITER
Article Last Updated:10/23/2007 04:20:51 AM EDT

Seven-year-old Noelia Espinal captured a knight and Rafaela Padilha had a rook. They both knew who was ahead. The knight was worth more points than the rook.

The girls were deep in a chess game during their Monday math lesson at South Street School in Danbury.

"It's fun," Noelia said as she prepared to take a pawn from the chess mat. "Because you get to win. You try to get the king."

Their teacher, Craig Fay, has taught his students chess for the past three years and played the game with them once a week after lunch.

This year, the school district is piloting a program in Fay's class with guest instructor James Santorelli, who teaches math using the game of chess once a week. His curriculum reinforces basic math skills like counting, adding and subtracting but expands to such areas as estimating movements, graphing and recording game moves.

Santorelli co-wrote the course now used in two New York school districts to build critical thinking and spatial skills.

On Monday morning, he spent part of the hour asking students math questions based on chess moves that required adding and subtracting and evaluating moves. Once the students joined their partners in chess games, the class of second-graders was pretty quiet.

"Remember the center of the board is like the top of a mountain," Santorelli told the students, reminding them to move their pieces to the middle of the board. "If I'm high up on the mountain, don't I have a better view than from down in the valley?"

At one point, Santorelli gathered the class around one board to hear options for creating checkmate.

He stopped to ask Jennifer Mendonca, 7, and Yosania Almonte, 7, which one of them was winning. They had to calculate. A pawn plus a knight equaled 13, minus a pawn and a rook, which was 9 points. That determined that Jennifer was ahead.

"It's very fun," Jennifer said. "I get to prove my knowledge."

"It's fun capturing people," she added.

Fay said he's seen how chess can help students who struggle in math or socially.

"It really makes girls feel good about math, and boys like it because it's competitive," he said. "Last year I had a couple of girls who really struggled in math and after learning to play chess they really did better and raised their hands much more in class."

Santorelli, who is co-founder and executive director of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation and president of Academic Chess, a nonprofit group based in Danbury, said research supports the value of chess, which is part of the coursework at thousands of schools in nearly 30 countries around the world.

Santorelli teaches chess starting in preschool and said if a child can take direction, he can learn chess. "In my opinion, this (second-grade) is the grade level that is the best time to capitalize on teaching visual-spatial skills and critical-thinking skills."

Typically, spatial ability is developed in third and fourth grade, but when it's offered in second grade the students learn decision-making skills and a systematic way of thinking they can use in other subjects, he said.

"The child has to first draw upon prior knowledge, even if it's just knowing the moves of the chess pieces. Once they have a given position in front of them, they have to come to a decision, then take action," he said.

"The action has consequences, once you make a move. With the very next move, the whole process starts over."

Researchers found that children who play chess -- even at a beginning level -- score higher on standardized reading and math tests, according to Tim Redman, a professor of literary studies at the University of Texas at Dallas and director of the university's chess program.

He said experts are not entirely certain why that happens, but they suspect the cognitive processes used in chess are similar to those employed in other learning in the classroom.

One study proved a significant correlation between the ability to play chess well, and spatial, numerical, administrative-directional, and paperwork abilities. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Terrell Bell wrote in his book "Your Child's Intellect" that some knowledge of chess is a way to develop a preschooler's intellect and academic readiness.

At South Street School on Monday morning, the research played out simply with Axel Ortiz, 7, and John Lopez, 8. As they played their match, they said the game helps them learn math skills.

"We play nicely,'' Lopez said. "We have lots of fun playing chess."

Contact Eileen FitzGerald

at eileenf@newstimes.com

NY TIMES LINK: http://www.newstimes.com/ci_7255652

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Chessmaster for NintendoDS Hits the Store Shelves Today!

The World’s Most Popular Board Game Available Soon
on Nintendo DS and Windows PC

SAN FRANCISCO – October 23, 2007 – Today, Ubisoft announced that Chessmaster®: The Art of Learning for the Nintendo DS™ system has shipped to store shelves and that Chessmaster®: Grandmaster Edition for Windows® PC has gone gold (shipping Oct. 30). In both games, Josh Waitzkin, International Master and eight-time National Chess Champion, coaches players to grasp the basic fundamentals of chess and to master the game through exciting courses and tutorials taken directly from his groundbreaking book, The Art of Learning (Free Press). Players can then practice their newly developed skills in single-player mode or challenge their friends to a fun-spirited competition via LAN or Internet.

Features include:

* Guidance from champion Josh Waitzkin: Using the basics from his book The Art of Learning, Josh puts players in his shoes during some of the most riveting moments of his career. He then walks them through the classics, introducing beginners to the fundamentals of the game and providing revealing commentary about the road to mastery.

* Multiplayer mode: Players can battle each other using the wireless option on the DS with a variety of games such as Progressive Chess and Los Alamos Chess. In the PC version, there are 12 multiplayer options, including Limited Shuffle and Pocket Knight.

* Original DS mini-games: Each mini-game is packed with its own music, sound effects, a high-score record and 20 levels of gameplay. Players can look forward to: Masterpiece, in which players complete the picture using chess pieces to reveal the hidden squares; Pawn Charge, where players need to advance pawns across the board and avoid capture; and Chain Reaction, which requires that three pieces of the same kind be placed so that their paths of movement connect.

* Rated play: Players have the chance to test their skills against a variety of opponents and establish their ELO ratings.

Chessmaster: The Art of Learning for the Nintendo DS is rated “E” for everyone and has a MSRP of $29.99. Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition for Windows PC is also rated “E” for everyone and has a MSRP of $39.99. Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition is shipping to store shelves on Oct. 30.

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated sales of 680 million Euros for the 2006-07 fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com or www.chessmaster.com.

© 2007 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Chessmaster, Ubisoft, Ubi.com, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Portions of Chessmaster Academy instructional content, including those based on The Art of Learning, © 2007 Josh Waitzkin LLC. TM, ® and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2004 Nintendo.


Buy it now!

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Chess Drum Interviews Chess Teacher D'Lamont Robinson.

Adisa interviews D'Lamont
(Left to Right) Adisa Banjoko gaining wisdom from D'Lamont Robinson

D'Lamont Robinson is a jewel of wisdom for the Bay Area. I met him shortly before the first HHCF San Jose event. He reached out to offer his help....I guess he knew Leo and I would need it.

D'Lamont Robinson has attended every HHCF event since its inception. He teaches those that don't know chess how to play the game at every event. D'Lamont has never given a lesson that failed to reach the heart and mind of the student before him. I've seen him teach people the deeper wisdom, strength and beauty of chess. I am one of them.

Beyond his skills as a chess teacher, he is a magnificent poet and thinker. For Leo and I, D'Lamont has been a constant source of inspiration. The HHCF is real big on making sure the youngsters have respect for the elders. We want to make it clear that there is a big difference between an elder and an old person.

Some people live their entire lives contributing, and sharing very little. They bicker about what the young people do, but never reflect on how they got there (or how they might be able to get out)...They denigrate the art and wisdom of their chilren. The old people really believe that the youth are the problem with America. They never think of the youth as the solution for saving America. Those are the old people.

The elders are the ones that have fought, given, loved, taught and nurtured young folks more than most. He earned the title of elder by virtue of their compassion for the world- not just by sitting on this spinning planet.

Daaim Shabazz of www.thechessdrum.net interivewed D'Lamont at The Chess Kings Invitational. I encourage young and old to soak up up the wisdom.

Listen here.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

One of the Bays best journalists and one of the Bays best educatos write on the HHCF...

Eric Arnold from the Eastbay Express:


A piece from one of the teachers who attended the event- A TRUE MUST READ:



There is a big difference between a fighter and a martial artist...Which one are you?

Mirko Cro-cop, a true man of war

Weapons are tools of violence;
all decent men detest them

Weapons are tools of fear;
a decent man will avoid them
except in the direst necessity
and, if compelled, will use them
only with the utmost restraint.
Peace is his highest value.
If peace has been shattered,
how can he be content?
His enemies are not demons,
but human beings like himself.
He doesn't wish them personal harm.
Nor does he rejoice in victory
How could he rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?

He enters the battle gravely,
with sorrow and with great compassion,
as if he were attending a funeral.

-Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

On Centering the Mind.

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mind settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

-Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Watch Clip from Chess Kings Invitational! Brought to you by Oakland Tribune!

This is really cool. If you know anyone who wants to learn more about the HHCF, please pass this on...Watch the video.

RZA, GZA, HHCF on The New York Times!

Dylan Loeb McClain interviews RZA & GZA on HHCF. Read it here.

Photo by AeLeah MacDonald

Where Hip-Hop, Martial Arts and Chess Meet

Hip-hop, martial arts, chess. An odd trio? Not at all, according to RZA, a founder of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan.

“Hip-hop is a battle game,” he said. “Chess is a battle. Martial arts is a battle.”

The three disciplines came together on Oct. 13 in the Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center, where the Hip-Hop Chess Federation held the Kings Invitational tournament. The federation, founded by the writer and lecturer Adisa Banjoko and Leo Libiran, a visual artist, seeks to use “music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and nonviolence,” according to its Web site.

The tournament’s competitors included six hip-hop stars — RZA; GZA, another founder of the Wu-Tang Clan; Monk of the Black Knights, a Wu-Tang affiliate; Casual, of the group Hieroglyphics; Sunspot Jonz, from Living Legends Crew; and Paris. Rounding out the field were Ralek Gracie, a martial arts fighter, and Amir Sulaiman, a poet who has appeared on the HBO program “Def Poetry Jam.”

Although he did not play in the tournament — it would hardly have been fair — Josh Waitzkin, the former chess prodigy whose life was the basis of the movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” took part in a panel discussion about hip-hop, chess and martial arts. Waitzkin, an international master, took up martial arts nine years ago, and by 2004, he had won two world titles in tai chi chuan. He wrote about his experiences in “The Art of Learning” (Free Press, 2007).

The tournament also featured two scholastic chess tournaments — a 16-player invitational that offered $10,000 in scholarships, and an open. The video game publisher Ubisoft, which makes Chessmaster and other programs, provided most of the money for the scholarships and to sponsor the event. Chesspark, an Internet chess-playing site, was another sponsor.

The Wu-Tang Clan’s connection to martial arts goes back to its beginnings in 1992. RZA and GZA, who are cousins and who grew up together on Staten Island, learned to play chess when they were young, but did not play often.

“Me and RZA would have been playing when we was kids if we had had a board,” GZA said.

In recent years, they have incorporated chess into their music.

The titles of most tracks on GZA’s 2005 album, “Grandmasters,” recorded with DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill, could be lifted from a chess primer: “Opening,” “Destruction of a Guard,” “Exploitation of Mistakes,” “General Principles,” “Advance Pawns,” “Queen’s Gambit,” “Unstoppable Threats,” “Unprotected Pieces” and “Smothered Mate.” The video for “General Principles” begins with a chess game and takes place on a board with giant pieces. At the end of “Queen’s Gambit,” GZA raps:

I be liking chess

Cuz chess is crazy, right there, that’s the ultimate

It’s like a great hobby right there, playing chess

The board, the pieces, the squares, the movement

You know, war, capturing, thinking, strategy

Planning, music, it’s hip-hop, and sports

It’s life, it’s reality

GZA, the acknowledged master lyricist of Wu-Tang, said there were similarities between writing and chess. “Writing is sort of like chess for me,” he said. “You have to think carefully before you move, thinking, planning. In chess, you have to bring all the pieces into the game. It is about development. In writing, you have to develop the story.”

RZA said chess was important to his creative process. “We keep a chess board in the studio,” he said. “When I play chess, I am working. I have 100 ideas running through my mind. When I am on the chess board, I focus on nothing else.”

Other rappers, whose work tends to be autobiographical, have acknowledged their interest in chess. On “This Life Forever,” Jay-Z raps:

Poppa raised me to chess moves

And though you’re gone I’m not bitter you left me prepared

We got divided by the years, but I got it from here

Don’t sweat that, sounds bump from Marcy to Lefrak

To that pocket in DC where my man caught his death at

Over my years I’ve seen Rooks get tooken by the Knight

Lose they Crown by tryna defend a Queen

Checkmate, in 4 moves the Bobby Fischer of rap

RZA and GZA said they played in the Kings Invitational and became involved in the Hip-Hop Chess Federation because they believe chess can have a positive influence on young people.

“You are like a sponge when you are young,” GZA said. “Kids are not being stimulated. Chess is a game of stimulation.”

It is hard to know how good RZA and GZA are at chess, but in the opening sequence of the “General Principles” video, GZA, playing Black in the diagram, wins after 1 Re1 de/N, forking the White king and queen.

RZA won the Kings Invitational with a perfect record of 4-0. (GZA was 3-1, his one loss coming in his match with RZA.) In the last round, RZA beat Monk, who was winning but who overlooked a back-rank mate.

Maybe that will end up being the title of a song on a future album.

Monday, October 15, 2007

HHCF Official Announcement. (PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE!)

Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA Goes Undefeated at Celebrity Chess Benefit
Five Hundred People Attend as RZA Wins HHCF Title Belt in Dramatic Fashion

Oct. 18th 2007, San Jose, CA - The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that after a long tumultuous battle, RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan walked away the winner of the 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational Champion Belt. Over five hundred spectators watched on as celebrities battled out while raising money for the HHCF Education Scholarship Fund. As part of the eight-man chess tournament, RZA battled it out against other rap artists and fighters. Participants included Wu-Tang Clan members RZA, GZA and Monk as well as MMA fighter Ralek Gracie, political rapper Paris, spoken word poet Amir Sulaiman, Casual from Hieroglyphics, and Sunspot Jonz of Living Legends.

The 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational kicked off with a vibrant discussion on the connections between Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts. Chessmaster and author of The Art of Learning Josh Waitzkin, RZA, Dr. Daaim Shabazz of The Chess Drum and Rakaa from Dilated Peoples covered how Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts have elevated them beyond their respective disciplines.

After the panel, the celebrity tournament kicked off with a frenzy of flashing cameras and media desperately trying to catch every move played out on the boards. An undefeated RZA quickly faced fellow Wu-Tang member Monk for the final match up. The round began with Monk aggressively and effectively trapping and snatching up many of RZA’s pieces. At the point where many in the room felt it was curtains for RZA, the crowd surprisingly heard the words “checkmate”. Surprisingly, “The Abbot of Wu-Tang” turned it around, winning the match with a back rank mate.

Soon after, legendary Pop-Master Fabel of the Universal Zulu Nation jumped on staged and handed over the 20lb leather gold plated belt over to RZA. With the lights from the camera nearly blinding those on stage, the belt was raised and RZA was pronounced the champion.

All artists volunteered their time and made it possible for the HHCF to raise and give away $10,000 in educational scholarships. Education scholarships were awarded to the participants from Oakland’s Unity High, Youth Uprising, San Francisco’s O’Connell High and Muhammad University of Islam. Despite the frenzy over the champion belt, it did not overshadow the real winners of the event.

“The children are the real winners today” said co-founder Adisa Banjoko. “The undeniable success of the Chess Kings Invitational is a powerful testament to a new era of philanthropy within Hip-Hop.”

In a special match for the day, MMA fighter Ralek Gracie faced the challenging of playing Emma Bentley, the ten-year-old Jr. World Champion journeyed from the UK to participate in this event. In a mere thirty seconds, MMA fighter was checkmated. The over six foot tall MMA fighter took his loss in stride and was proud to participate in this benefit for the children. .

“We are honored that this fantastic group of chessmasters, musicians and martial artists gave their time to the HHCF, the children of the Bay Area and their families” said co-founder Leo Libiran. “Too many times people are gathering around the negative issues involving American youth. We wanted to give everybody something positive to gather around- and it worked!”

The success of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation has inspired many artists to join the efforts and work towards provided options to the youth of today. After the success of this event, the HHCF has named RZA, Director of Development. RZA will oversee many of the HHCF community outreach efforts to troubled youth.

In February 2008, the Hip-Hop Chess Federation will host the All Queens Invitational centered on bringing more young women into chess.

For more information on the HHCF please visit: www.hiphopchessfederation.org

PR Contact: gaborski@shinkenpublicrelations.com

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GZA, HHCF co-founder Leo Libiran, RZA & Monk! Who wants some? Not you!

Photo Credit: AeLeah MacDonald

Please check out the latest news on the HHCF!! We're blowin' up the spot!

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Dan Charnas, "Chess and Smart Choices".

Jennifer Shahade, "RZA Wins Belt in San Francisco".

Barbabra Grady from Oakland Tribune, "Chess Tourney features Hip-Hop".

Gumby from On the Mat, "Hip-Hop Chess Federation".

AUDIO with Daaim Shabazz & Adisa Banjoko, Click here.

Stash Magazine, Online Gallery, Click here to view.

Adisa and Leo just want to take a minute to thank all the press that has seen fit to give us a good mention. Equally important are all the real deal chess, martial arts and Hip-Hop fans who shot so many fantastic photos...More to come!

See you at the All Queens,

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RZA Goes Undefeated at Chess Kings Invitational

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PHOTO CREDIT: Daaim Shabazz of thechessdrum.net

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://www.thechessdrum.net/newsbriefs/2007/NB_HipHopChess10.html

The Abbot of Wu-Tang was presented the HHCF Championship Belt by Popmaster Fabel from the Universal Zulu Nation.

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PHOTO: Daaim Shabazz of thechessdrum.net

RZA (playing black) after taking on a storm of mental aggression by Monk- pulled off a back rank mate. He was undefeated in the tournament.

This, was the Rumble in the Jungle of chess- at its best.

Adisa Banjoko and Leo Libiran would like to thank Ubisoft, Chesspark, Onthemat, Calchess, The Brown Berets of Wattsonville, Hip-Hop Congress, D'Labrie, Jay The Butcher, Popmaster Fabel, Malcolm Marshall, Davey D, Mikael Santini, Weylan and T-K.A.S.H. from KPFA, Braids by Darlene, Unity Care, Anna Garcia, Chrissy Schoville, M Eighty, Balance and Big Rich, Street Soldiers of KMEL, DJ Kevvy Kev, HHNlive, Hiphopdx, XXL Mag and Allhiphop.

Adisa Banjoko & T-K.A.S.H. on NPR w/ Farai Chidea

LISTEN HERE: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15164438

PHOTO CREDIT: Martin Rochin

Photos of the Chess Kings Invitational By Photoscribe Eric K. Arnold

The panel was more powerful than anything you could imagine!

How can we move the crowd? Like this...

And the winner is......?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Free Copies of Josh Waitzkin in Limited Number at HHCF Oct. 13th

Thats right!!! The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin is the official book of the HHCF. We will have a limited number of FREE copies for some of the first people through the door. We will also have a limited number of copies of Chessmaster 10th Edition (which Josh is the spokesman for).

Get your tix now: www.hiphopchessfederation.org

Lyrical Swords Vol. 2: Westside Rebellion BACK IN PRINT

The first book series to link Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts it back!

Lyrical Swords Vol. 2: Westside Rebellion, on YinSumi Press is BACK!

There will be copies for sale at the 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational as well as online at www.lyricalswords.com .

Running and indie press is no joke. But, we're back in full force. Lyrical Swords Vol. 1: Hip-Hop & Politics in the Mix is out of print and will remain that way. But, as I understand, you can still get one off Amazon.

I want to thank all those who helped make this series possible. Especially my wife.

For those wondering, Lyrical Swords Vol. 3....is being written as we speak. Look for it in 2008!

Casual Talks About His Quest for the HHCF Belt! Will Wu-Tang Keep It From Him???

Get tix and find out Oct. 13th: www.hiphopchessfederation.org

Thursday, October 4, 2007

RZA & GZA of Wu-Tang Clan @ 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational

Get Tix Now: www.hiphopchessfederation.org

HHCF 8 Man Tournament Made into 10 Man Battle Royale!!!

Dr. Alan Kirshner from Cal Chess reminding young people why they MUST respect their elders! I don't have guns like that. He says he's about to be 70- but I don't believe him...


The coveted HHCF belt!!!

The 8 man tournament has been bumped up to a 10 man battle royale!!!!

Wu-Tangs RZA & GZA, DJ Disk, Casual, MMA Fighter Ralek Gracie, UFC's Jeff Monson & John Fitch, Sunspot Jonz, Amir Suliaman and Paris head-to-head on the boards!!!

10 year old Jr. World Champion Emma Bentley is on a plane RIGHT NOW from the UK to come see DJ QBert in a one minute bullet match!! Q will also go on the clock against DJ Kevvy Kev!!!

Rakaa from Dilated is hosting!!

You've been warned!!

Get your tix for the Battle By The Bay:


Gracie Jiu Jitsu MMA Fighter Ralek Gracie @ 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational! This is a MUST SEE Interview!!!

Ralek is not only an amazing figher, he is also a raw MC. Under the name "Rio Life" he has really proven himself as a lyricist. Ralek is a living hieroglyph of the blending of martial arts, chess and Hip-Hop.

Get tix now: www.hiphopchessfederation.org

Chessmaster Josh Waitzkin Speaking at 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational!!!

We'll also be giving away a limited edition number of his bestselling book The Art of Learning (the official book of the HHCF) and Ubisofts Chessmaster 10th Edition.

Get tix: www.hiphopchessfederation.org

HHCF Proudly Announces UFC Veteran Jeff Monson in Oct. 13th

The Hip-Hop Chess Federation is proud to announce that UFC Veteran Jeff "The Snowman" Monson will be participating in the 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational. Mr. Monson is one of the most respected and decorated mixed martial artists alive. The Snowman will also participate on the "Life Strategies: The Blueprint for Victory" panel with RZA, Josh Waitzkin, and attorney Dean Johnson. The HHCF is honored to have such a fantastic example of phyrical and mental toughness in our event. Below is a clip of one of his UFC matches. The Snowman is coming to chill the Bay out on Oct. 13th!! Be there....

Get tickets now: www.hiphopchessfederation.org

Big shout out to our sponsor www.onthemat.com for helping to secure Monsons participation!!

HHCF Adds Scholastic Tournament to Oct. 13th Event!!!

Bring the family and come have fun at the HHCF Scholastic Tournament!!

Because of popular demand from across the state, we are going to host a scholastic tournament @ the HHCF Chess Kings Invitational.

We encourage any and all chess lovers to come out and have a great time Oct. 13th from 1-5 PM.



Schools from Richmond to Sacramento and Santa Cruz are already signed up!!! Get in while the gettin is GOOOOOOD!

See you there!!

OH, we have a special announcement on Monday. Super special...So, be sure to check in so you can be the first to know how we're taking it to the next level.


Teach your kids this song here!! Bill O'Reilly knows nothing about Nas!!!

I Know I Can!!


Monday, October 1, 2007

HHCF Founders on KPIX w/ Sydnie Kohara



Adisa Banjoko & Leo Libiran of the HHCF w/ Sydnie Kohara !!

Please pass it on and tell a friend, or two, or three, or four or more...

There is nothing to SEE here- just LISTEN....

Of all the strategies a man could pray for, the one thing at the top of that list would be the ability to be a good father....

When my son was born, I used to drive around with him in the back...He was too young to be aware of how much fun I was having just being with him....I used to play this song in hope that his brain would grasp bits and pieces of the message here...I consider this song "Little Brother", my song with my son...

So lean back, listen up and enjoy the beauty of Blackstar.


Uproxx Covers HHCF Founder plus, FREE PDF download of Bobby Bruce and the Bronx Available

The book Bobby Bruce & the Bronx by Adisa the Bishop is now available from this day forward FREE in PDF form. Please enjoy it and share ...