Help us finance a chess club
National Master Bilgen and Gensay Sazci here. We are asking for your help to be able to rent a location to host our courses and tournaments. We also want to form a chess club for our community.
Over the years we have organized free chess meetings, where children meet to play chess and have lectures from us. We had many free sessions in our beloved Taylor Park and the greater Millburn/Short Hills area to introduce this game to beginners. In addition to teaching at various schools, we hold official United States Chess Federation (USCF) rated tournaments with a reasonable turnout (20-30 participants) every two weeks. Sourcing labor and purchasing tournament supplies usually barely allows us to break even. Our last tournament had 41 participants and we had to buy tables, chairs, chess sets and clocks to host this tournament. (With these new expenses, we will have to organize four tournaments to break even). We are lucky to share tournaments with newcomers every week. These tournaments are worth every effort because we can make these chess resources available to our community, which has never been done on this scale before.
The next step is to have our own retail space where we can continue to teach, organize school programs, summer camps, an official chess club and hold chess tournaments. While the average rent is skyrocketing, the typical monthly rent for retail space is over $5,000, reaching $10,000 for venues like the one where we host tournaments. We receive many requests from parents to open our school program in our own space. However, we cannot afford it financially without funding. With your help we can open a chess club and academy in Millburn where chess lovers and enthusiasts of all age groups can gather and play.