plaintiffs' attorneys to vigorously battle defense attorneys on 64 squares


Upcoming legal chess tournament sparks competition, promotes family connection
July 19, 2019
Katie Stancombe

In a family-friendly competition pitting plaintiffs' attorneys against defense attorneys, two Indianapolis law firms have come together to host a chess tournament to raise funds for civic education.

The We the People White Knight Chess Tournament will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 26, but registration is already open. Hosted by Cohen & Malad and Barnes & Thornburg at the Indianapolis City Market, the fundraising event will allow opposing counsel to compete in a head-to-head chess tournament.

Gabe Hawkins of Cohen & Malad said he first came up with the idea for the event after routinely running into lawyers while at his son’s chess tournaments. After chatting with other attorneys and realizing many similarly enjoy the game, Hawkins decided it would be worth a shot.

The tournament will be open to lawyers in the Indiana legal community, as well as the special kids in their lives, Hawkins said. There will be two divisions to compete in: an adult division and a children’s division. The top-ranked finishers from both divisions will advance to a ‘simul’ against chess grandmaster Fidel Corrales Jimenez of Boston, who will simultaneously play all players in individual games.

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