Checkmate: the chess championship moves to Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – You might have heard a pin drop at Oneida Casino on Saturday as the 45th annual Green Bay Open Chess Championship kicked off.
The long-running event draws people from all over the state and demands absolute silence as players make their moves.
However, not even the silence could stop the irresistible excitement swirling through the air.
Organizers shared that they were very happy to see the competitors play in person again after the COVID-19 pandemic limited person-to-person contact.
Video courtesy of Green Bay Open Chess Championship Assistant Manager Steven Erbach
The championship was founded in 1977 with the intention of becoming an event where chess players from all over the world can come together to celebrate the game.
“I decided that Green Bay needed a flagship event that would encompass many chess players from all over,” said Luke Ludwig, chief organizer/director of the Green Bay Open Chess Championship.
The chess tournament will continue until Sunday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.