Through the Looking Glass – A Chess Event was an absolute hit. It was an honor to be invited to host this during the annual ‘Taste of Park Royal’. One for the chess history books at Park Royal for sure.
HUGE THANKS TO: Park Royal Management for putting on this spectacular ‘chess event’ July 8 2017. We simply put the boards out and over they came to play. Parents with children, men women teens, girls and boys. It was clear to Dan and I that we couldn’t interrupt the games in order to play a large simul, and that people just wanted to play chess. So we all played. The afternoon of chess continued until near closing 7:00 pm. Not an empty seat at the tables.
HUGE THANKS TO: Master chess champ DAN SCOONES for his mad hatter chess moves and excellent hosting skills. It wouldn’t have been the same without him. Stellar performance, charm and high energy stole the show throughout the day.
HUGE THANKS TO: Pedram Amani and his mother Zahra. Both for excellent chess skills and amazing hosting. Pedram is my class mate. He runs the chess club with me and is organizer of scholastic chess in West Vancouver. He is also a physics genius, and came 1st in Canada. Pedram is off to a world competition this weekend in Indonesia. Good luck Pedram! He is a 1st year university student and plans a career in experimental physics. You guessed it Pedram wants to play more chess. Makes total sense, and he is good.
HUGE THANKS TO: West Vancouver Secondary School Chess Club and Sentinel Chess Club for letting us use their chess boards.
Pedram Amani and the Mad Hatter from The Vancouver Circus School
MANY THANKS TO The Vancouver Circus School for being there. Amazing THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS talent. The characters had a photo booth offering the public free photos taken with them. Some skillful moves demonstrated on the boards.
A Mini Simul with a Russian Chess Master
However mad hatter Dan pulled off a few ‘out of this world moves’. Naturally!
Check out the laughing girl on the right of the picture above and below, ha ha. More chess madness!
That’s my brother Jacob Tapp with the craziest Mad Hatter Hat, oh and chess moves!
What a great host you are too Jacob!
Can’t thank Park Royal’s Golden Event Organizer Melina enough, for asking me to host and for her organizing this event. Unbelievable talent. Huge love and hugs!
The Photo Booth
Lot’s of children played the whole afternoon
My Dad a chess player
Check out the name on the Alice book ….”Park Royal Wonderland”
………………………. more photos to share soon