Friday, May 28, 2010
The 29th North American FIDE Open, an internationally sanctioned event, kicks off today in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Frank Berry, International Arbiter, is Chief Director. He and his volunteer staff are also displaying the most impressive collection of chess memorabilia and posters ever to be seen in history. Among the exhibits is the Famous Traveling Trophy, the official icon for the Real Red River Shootout, the annual match between the most fanatical chess players in Oklahoma and Texas. Texas leads the series 6-2 despite playing on the road seven times. Members of the World and Red River Champion Texas Chess Team are present and available to sign autographs between rounds.