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CONTACT: Mazi Mutafa, (subject “Bum Rush”) or

call (202) 667-1192


8th Annual Bum Rush the Boards Hip-Hop Chess Tournament

Registration $10 per player (applies to individual and team registration)


Columbia Heights Recreation Center


Saturday, November 2nd 2013

10:00am – 4:00pm

Online registration ends November 1st at 12pm
No Onsite Registration


The annual Bum Rush the Boards Chess Tournament, consists of 3 rounds of team-based tournament play for youth, ages 5-23, as well as an individual’s tournament. Between rounds players participate in hip-hop workshops lead by Teachers and Volunteers from Words Beats & Life.

Lunch along with an event t-shirt is provided with registration. For more information on player ranking and registration for Bum Rush the Boards, go to or call 202-667-1192 and ask for Mr. Mazi Mutafa or e-mail him at with the subject “Bum Rush”.


Words Beats & Life is proud to host the worlds first hip-hop chess tournament, Bum Rush the Boards. The tournament was created by Mr. Mazi Mutafa and Mr. Kymone Freeman as a strategy to address race/class based exclusion within the chess community, and to connect theories of education to practices that excite youth about learning. Bum Rush is a tournament promoting a common ground for chess, hip-hop culture, and S.T.E.M.A. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and the Arts).

There is an often-unseen connection between chess, hip-hop, and academics. Each require levels of critical thinking, strategy and an end game. Whether it is hip-hop’s social critique, chess’s reliance on forethought, or academia’s need for analysis. All three help reinforce a culture of making connections, building skills, and planning for the future.

By bringing these together we have created a hip-hop tournament that acts as a bridge by exposing youth to a culture (hip-hop), a set of strategies (chess), and a foundational knowledge (S.T.E.M.A.) that requires them to use judgment and foresight. It celebrates this connection and these skills via art and expression. These proficiencies are valuable in business and life.



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