“Blindfold Chess” to be held in Eugene McDermott Library Feb. 28
How good are UT Dallas chess players? Good enough to play blindfolded! As part of ChessFest 2018, UT Dallas students, staff, faculty or anyone from the community will soon have a chance to go head to head with some of the best chess players in the world.
This year, Grandmasters Angel Arribas from Spain and Dani Raznikov from Israel, members of the elite UT Dallas Chess Team, will go up against challengers in a game of blindfold chess from noon to 2 p.m. on Feb. 28. During the games, the Grandmasters will either sit with their backs to the board or be blindfolded, making it impossible to see the position of the pieces or touch them.
The event, which features the chess program’s giant chess set called “Chess Grande,” will be held in the lobby of the McDermott Library. The event is free and open to the public. Enjoy the fun and meet members of the University’s chess team.
The chess game is an integral part of ChessFest, an annual celebration of chess as competition, recreation and education at UT Dallas. ChessFest was created and co-sponsored by the UT Dallas Chess Program and the Eugene McDermott Library.
Another important part of ChessFest is a reception and awards ceremony recognizing a key figure in the chess world. This year, Dr. Jeff Bulington, a chess teacher who established an award-winning, nationally-ranked chess program in rural Mississippi, has been chosen as the recipient of the UT Dallas Chess Educator of the Year. He will speak at the ChessFest awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the library’s McDermott Suite. Bulington will speak on the topic: “Chaos and Order: Towards a Philosophy of Early Chess Education.”