Baird and Mechanics' Institute to Host Second Scholastic Chess Championship – March 28, 2015

2015 Scholastic Chess Championship

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 3, 2015Baird and theMechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room will host the second annual San Francisco Scholastic Chess Championship on Saturday, March 28 at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. The competition, which is expected to draw approximately 300 students, will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. All Bay Area students from kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome to participate, and the competition is free to all students!! Participating players will also receive a free lunch from Zoe’s Meats.

Chess grandmaster Daniel Naroditsky, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the U.S. for all players under 21 and No. 7 in the U.S. for all players, will also conduct a chess simul, playing multiple games at a time with a number of other players. There will also be a blindfold simul with grandmaster Jesse Kraai, and other simuls throughout the day.

“We had a tremendous turnout last year with students from all over the Bay Area participating,” said Nick de Firmian, a chess grandmaster who leads the Mechanics’ Institute’s chess education effort. “We are excited to build on our success from last year and to again offer a great competition for young chess players.”

“Baird is proud to again support this educational event,” said Vince McCambridge, a Director in Baird’s Fixed Income Institutional Sales department in San Francisco and a member of The Mechanics’ Institute’s board. “Chess is an excellent way to help students develop their concentration and strategic thinking skills.”

For additional details about the day’s events and to register students, please visit the San Francisco Scholastic Chess Championship Website.

About Baird
Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than 3,100 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has more than $135billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 9 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2014 – its 11th consecutive year on the list. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at

Baird is active with community organizations in the Bay Area. Through financial support by the Baird Foundation and the time and resources of individual Baird associates, the firm actively supports Second Harvest, San Francisco Opera and Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, Glide and other local organizations.

About The Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room
The Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.

As part of its mission to foster the intellectual growth of its members, The Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room has housed the oldest continuously operating chess club in the country, open since 1854. In early 2012, the organization created a youth outreach program to promote chess education in local schools and hired three-time US chess champion de Firmian to lead the effort. The program, which focuses primarily on helping disadvantaged youth, now provides chess resources and instruction to approximately 20 area schools.

About Zoe’s Meats
Zoe’s Meats is a mission-based, artisan cured meat company based in Northern California.  Since our founding in 2007, we are the choice of thousands of discerning chefs and restaurateurs nationwide. Named after our founder’s daughter, Zoe, we are committed to nurturing the well-being of our children and future generations by donating 1% of our customers’ purchases to the Zoe’s Meats Foundation.  Learn more at

For additional information, contact:  
Marianne Foster
Baird Public Relations
Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room