American Irina Krush will face former FIDE women's champion Zhu Chen of China in two rapid games tomorrow afternoon in New York City. The event takes place in the ABC Studios building in Times Square at 5pm. It's open to the public and there are free tickets. I'll be there relaying the moves to Playchess.com and doing some impromptu commentary and contests. Brave the snow and come on by! You'll remember Krush beat Almira Skripchenko in September to qualify for this match. (And the preceding press conference and ear pulling.)
ABC Studios has seen several chess events in the past and I think I've been at all of them. There was the Kasparov-Karpov rapid match in Dec. 2002, sponsored by X3D, the founder of which is also behind Accoona. Then there were two KasparovChess.com events in 2000. Garry gave a massive international virtual and real "UN of Chess") simul, walking past rows of computers as well as kids in the studio. Then there was the award ceremony for our World School Chess Championship. Sting and his band played a simul against Kasparov and then awarded the trophies to the kids. Most importantly, my mom got to see me on the jumbotron in Times Square. I don't know of if any coverage of those KC events has been preserved anywhere other than my hard drive, so I'm posting a few pics below.