Everybody knows the Wu-Tang have been down with chess since day one. I actually saw GZA in Union Square playing some dude one time. Anyway. That love has been taken to its logical, Web 2.0 conclusion this week, with the launch of WuChess.com, a partnership between The RZA and ChessPark, a chess-centric social network. Membership costs $48 a year, and "a portion of the proceeds" go to the Hip-Hop Chess Federation: "Using chess, music and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and non-violence." "WuChess.com is the worlds first online chess and Hip-Hop community," boasts the site. "You can create and share profiles with your friends and triumph over enemies on the 64 squares. Not just against people in your neighborhood but from all over the world.
Play live chess with people from all over the world and get your learn on.
WuChess.com lets you get knowledge from REAL chess masters online, or train in chambers against the computer to refine your skills.
Create your own chess clans to see who can build the highest ranking. Play in tournaments for prizes, or just for the joy of flexin' ya mentals.
At Wuchess.com you can log-on to watch chess clans do battle on and check out exhibition matches with Rza, other Wu-Tang members and stars from across the planet.
WuChess taking the game of life to the next level."
Can't help but thinking RZA is shooting hiself in the foot with this one though. Who joins me in thinking removing the $48 tag would allow this to hit Scrabulean levels of popularity?
Cheers P$ for the heads up...