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Wu-Tang members GZA and RZA facing off in Hennessy charity chess tournament

words by: Matt Peng
Oct 9, 2020

If you haven’t made any plans yet for Saturday, October 10, don’t, because you won’t want to miss this. In celebration of National Chess Day and Hennessy’s Wild Rabbit campaign, the LVMH-owned brand has put together a celebrity chess tournament.


The tournament will start by pitting FaZe Clan’s Fortnight player Nate Hill and Chicago local iamBrandon – two Twitch streamers – against each other in the first match. Following that will be the headlining match between two Wu-Tang Clan legends, GZA and RZA. The winners from both matches will play each other for a chance to face the first-ever Black chess grandmaster, Maurice Ashley. Hennessy’s Wild Rabbit campaign tells the success stories of lesser known Black athletes, celebrities and more, all proceeds will be donated to Hennessy’s Unfinished Business initiative.


Fans can watch the special Hennessy Presents: Make Your Move special on chess.com’s Twitch channel on October 10 between 4pm-7pm EST and also enjoy a special Grandmaster cocktail while you watch – the recipe is below. Nas is expected to make a guest appearance as well.


The Grandmaster


1.5 oz Hennessy VS
3.5 oz ginger beer
Lime wedge and/or fresh ginger slices


Pour the Hennessy and ginger beer into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and/or slices of fresh ginger.


Photo via Hennessy