Thursday July 19, 2012Garden City Shopping Centre will unveil a new oversized chess set to be enjoyed by patrons on July 19, 2012. The new game will feature a durable plastic set with 36” tall king pieces and a flexible mat that can be easily transported. It will be dedicated to the late Daniel Abraham (Abe) Yanofsky, who was Canada’s first chess grandmaster and former mayor of West Kildonan. City Archives will be displaying personal and professional artifacts from Yanofsky's life near the unveiling site.
Former Marketing Coordinator of Garden City Shopping Centre Jack Slessor will be the master of ceremony at a casual ribbon cutting ceremony to be attended by City Councillors Devi Sharma, Mike Pagtakhan, and Ross Eadie. The event will be held in Centre Court of the Garden City Shopping Centre and will begin at 3:00 pm on Thursday, July 19th.
The first match on the new board will be between Hot 103's Big Marv and QX 104's Michelle Cattanni who will be broadcasting on location. Afterwards, youth from the Manitoba Chess Association will play a blitz tournament that is sure to inspire players to sign up to participate in a free simultaneous exhibition match against chess master Trevor Vincent. Trevor, age 22, was recently crowned the Manitoba chess champion for the 5th straight year. Beginning at 5:00 pm, Trevor will take on any and all players at once, to a maximum 25 players.
Garden City Shopping Centre once featured a popular ‘Chess Square’ with large wooden pieces in a recessed pit located near the former Eaton’s department store. The pit was removed as part of the mall’s expansion project in 1998 to make way for the addition of the Canadian Tire and Winners stores.