Baird and Mechanics' Institute Partner to Hold First San Francisco Scholastic Chess Championship - March 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2014

Baird and the Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room announced today that they are partnering to hold the first San Francisco Scholastic Chess Championship. The competition, which is expected to draw 250-300 student participants, will be held at the Hall of Flowers Building in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Competition is open to students, kindergarten through 12th grade, in San Francisco schools.

“The kids in our schools are really excited about this! They learn chess the whole year long, so it is terrific to have a big event where they can show what they can do,” says Nick de Firmian, a chess grandmaster who leads the Mechanics’ Institute’s chess education effort. “They will meet other chess playing kids from all areas of the city to share the experience with. The reason for chess being in the schools is to make thinking fun, and we expect to this to be a really fun event for them.”

“Baird is excited to partner with the Mechanics’ Institute on this inaugural event,” said Vince McCambridge, a Director in Baird’s Fixed Income Institutional Sales department in San Francisco and a member of The Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room board. “Chess can help children gain self-esteem, develop concentration and strategic thinking skills and improve their overall scholastic performance. This tournament is an excellent way to not only promote the game but also support education in the community – causes to which Baird is very committed.”

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.

Baird, an independent and employee-owned financial services firm, 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, Samasource and other local organizations.

About Baird
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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

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