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Northwest action chess championship set for April 26 for Maryhill Museum

Portland Chess Club, museum sponsor 11th annual event

Maryhill Museum will present the 11th annual Northwest Action Chess Championship co-sponsored by the Portland Chess Club on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Visitors can view or participate in the competition. Advance registration is not required. Entry fee is $25. Registration will begin at 10 a.m.

Throughout the day many of the Northwest's finest chess players will compete along with players of all ability levels and ages. In Action Championship play there is a total of 30 minutes per player and each player starts and stops the clock with each move.

Players will participate in five games total and generally play with others who are fairly equal in wins and losses. By the end of the day, new players will be awarded a national ranking, while veteran players may move up in rank. Both chess professionals and novices compete for cash awards.

In conjunction with the Chess Championship, special chess related activities will take place in the museum's new Eye See Resource Room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The museum's curator of education will guide visitors of all ages on a chess adventure, a gallery activity to explore the museum's famous chess collection, and organize noncompetitive chess games for beginners.

Maryhill Museum has a world renowned collection of international chess sets with nearly 100 on permanent display. The museum has published Sculptures In Miniature: Chess Sets from the Maryhill Museum of Art which documents the collection and the cultures that made them.

"Exploring the art of chess sets is a wonderful way to learn about history and world cultures," said Colleen Schafroth, executive director of Maryhill and author of the book.


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