A PROJECT THAT ADDRESSES GENERATIONS OF UNCONSCIOUS BIAS WITH ONE SIMPLE RULE CHANGE.
LIMITED EDITION BLACK GOES FIRST CHESS BOARD. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO BLACK YOUTH CHESS PROGRAMS.
JAY-Z • RZA • MAURICE ASHLEY • CARMELO ANTHONY • CHAKA ZULU
The auctioned board has been personally autographed by the first Black grandmaster in chess, as well as some of the most influential voices in culture who share a deep love for the game.
WHERE THE FUNDS ARE GOING
ALL PROCEEDS FROM BLACK GOES FIRST CHESS BOARD AUCTION WILL GO TO NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT BLACK YOUTH CHESS.
THE Detroit City Chess CLUB
The Detroit City Chess Club provides youth with quality programs and experiences which will enable them to excel academically in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment. The program cultivates future young leaders by teaching and engaging them in the game of chess.
You can donate to the club directly by clicking here.
What is ‘Black Goes First’
Black Goes First is about chess. But off the board, it stands for more. It’s about examining why systems are the way they are, and how they got that way. It’s about understanding that they’re not set in stone—we have the power to change them, if we can soften our minds and hearts to new ideas. We have the power to make things more fair and equitable. To foster inclusion and representation. To show new generations that their education, development, and success matter. Just like the rules of chess have changed over centuries, it is our job to update our own rules and regulations to reflect the values we care about. Because it’s not just a rule on the board. It’s a reflection of how we play the game.
We made a custom board with our rule change engraved front and center. But in reality, our board is just like any other. The game stays the same—it’s just a change of perspective. We hope you play ‘Black Goes First’ on any board you play on. And we hope you spread the message of this idea, and help us change the game of chess forever.
limited edition Black Goes First chess board. All proceeds go to Black youth chess programs