Wu-Tang Clan’s latest album is finished and just waiting for released, hence, RZA is now spending some time preparing to defend his chess title at a celebrity speed chess tournament.
The said tournament is taking place of February 16 in Los Angeles and the American rapper will be going up against seven other speed chess players to defend his title. In 2007, RZA, whose real name is Robert Fitzgerald Diggs was the first Hip-Hop Chess Foundation winner. Unlike the typical trophy a winner gets during other chess tourneys, RZA received a heavyweight belt.
“I am looking forward to the upcoming chess battle at the HHCF Chess Kings Invitational in Los Angeles,” he warned his competitors. “To those knowing I have to defend my belt, get ready to protect ya neck.”
The rapper isn’t only a chess player, he’s also a director of development and champion of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation. This foundation holds an online fundraiser to teach chess and non-violence to youth. Proceeds of the event will be given towards expanding the organization to L.A.