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Chess Whiz Kids to play simultaneous Match against Grandmaster at Detroit Institute of Arts - Detroit City Chess Club to match wits with Grandmaster Sergey Kudrin

Friday, October 11, 2013

Contact:  Pamela Marcil  313-833-7899

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will host chess Grandmaster Sergey Kudrin in a simultaneous (simul) competition with 40–50 members of the Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC) on Friday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The museum is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and the simul and other museum activities are free with museum admission.

Kudrin is an American chess Grandmaster who was born in the Soviet Union. He achieved his Grandmaster title in 1984 and has built an impressive tournament record in the Americas and Europe, having played mainly in local, regional and national opens, and round robin invitational tournaments.
Detroit City Chess Club members range from five to 18 years old, and have won national, regional and state competitions, with several members currently holding impressive national rankings. They recently won three titles at Western Kentucky University Masterminds Chess Open and two state titles. DCCC practices at the DIA most Friday evenings.

Founder and coach Kevin Fite uses simuls to develop the skills of his players, and they have competed in several at the DIA. They have played against International Master and Woman Grandmaster Martha Fierro, Grandmasters Ben Finegold and Maurice Ashley, John Brooks and in 2010, Michigan’s then-youngest master, in ninth grade at the time, Atula Shetty. Their most-recent simul at the museum was with national Chess Master David Allen in 2012.

Fite started the DCCC as a lunchtime activity at Detroit’s Duffield Elementary School in 2003. The lunchtime program expanded and became the Detroit City Chess Club to allow participation of former Duffield students as well as students from all over metropolitan Detroit. The clubs’ mission is to teach area students the game of chess and all the life lessons it has to offer. One of the most important, according to Fite, is “to teach children to think critically and make good judgments.”

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.