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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

June 8th Anna Zatonskih Chess Benefit for Cardon Chlldren's Medical Center

3-time U.S. Women's Chess Champion Anna Zatonskih

Hello everybody!

I got an email from Norm Saba, M.D., FAAP, of the Cardon's Children Medical Center, telling me that 3-time U.S. Women's Chess Champion Anna Zatonskih will conduct a Chess Benefit to support Pediatric Rehab at Cardon Children's Medical Center on June 8, 2010, from 6 to 10:00 PM.

You might remember some time ago we featured Anna in our Star Interview, it's definitely worth a read.

So if you're not far from Mesa, Arizona, it would be great to support this noble cause and meet Anna in person!

Also look below at information for the great summer chess camp June 21 to July 2, 2010.

The detailed information is provided below:

June 8th, 2010
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Saguaro Auditorium
Rosati Education Center, Banner Desert Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202, USA

Come Meet the Reigning and Three Time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion Woman Grandmaster and International Master Anna Zatonskih and support Pediatric Rehab at Cardon Children’s Medical Center!

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet one of the best chess players in the world! All proceeds will go directly toward the purchase of much needed rehabilitation equipment. For example, a state of the art rehabilitation bicycle costs $5,000.00! Many other items are on the wish list for this unit that does so much to help children who have been disabled from injury or disease. WGM Zatonskih will speak about what it takes to balance motherhood with being a world class chess champion. She will also perform some feats of mental gymnastics as she dazzles you with her chess brilliance in her effort to raise money for a very special cause.

So please mark your calendars now and plan to be a part of chess history at Cardon Children’s!

Please RSVP by June 4th to Medical Staff Office at 480-412-3221 or

6:00 – 6:30: Reception
6:30 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Introductions – Norm Saba, M.D.; Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
7:15 – 8:00 – WGM Anna Zatonskih
8:00 – Chess Exhibition
9:45 – Closing Remarks

Cost: $50.00 per couple or $30 per single

Please make your tax deductible donations to:

Banner Health Foundation (include “Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit” on your check) and mail them to Norm Saba, M.D.; Medical Staff Office; Banner Desert Medical Center; 1400 S. Dobson Rd.; Mesa, AZ 85202 by June 4th.
If you have questions feel free to call Norm at 602-228-2379.

Anna’s Chess Accomplishments:

1991: Mariupol, Ukraine City (Adult) Championship

1993: Bulgarian Women’s Champion

1994: Third Place World Junior Championship (Girls Under 16)

1999: Awarded WGM title

2001: Ukrainian Women’s Champion

2002: Ukrainian Women’s Co-champion

2004: Chess Olympiad silver medal with U.S. team

2008: Chess Olympiad bronze medal with U.S. team and individual gold medal

2006, 2008, 2009: U.S. Women’s champion

Anna will be one of the featured instructors for the 2010 Summer Chess Academy held June 21st to July 2nd at Imagine Elementary at Tempe; 1538 E. Southern Avenue; Tempe, AZ 85282.

For more information please contact Alan Anderson at 480-966-9542 or

Anna’s husband Grandmaster Daniel Fridman will be participating in the 2010 Copper State International Chess Tournament, June 2nd – 9th. For more information please contact Daniel Rensch at 602-618-2045 or You can also download a 2010 Summer Chess Academy Information and Registration Packet there.

Thank you for making this event a success and for helping raise funds to support the Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit!

Name: __________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________


Phone: _________________________________________________

____ Yes, I (we) would love to join you on June 8th for this event!
Enclosed is our check for ___$50.00 (couple) ___$30.00 (single)
We would also love to help sponsor a much needed piece of equipment for the Pediatric Rehab Unit and enclose $______.

_____No, I (we) unfortunately cannot make it that night but still would love to support the Pediatric Rehab Unit with a donation of $______.

Please make your tax deductible donations payable to “Banner Health Foundation” and put “Pediatric Rehab Unit” in the memo portion of the check. Mail to: Norm Saba, M.D., Medical Staff Office; 1400 S. Dobson Rd.; Mesa, AZ 85202 by June 4th

You may also make an online donation by clicking below:
Under “Arizona” choose Cardon Children’s Medical Center and in the box below please type: “Pediatric Rehab Unit – Chess Benefit”

The families and children in the Pediatric Rehab Unit thank you tremendously for your generous support!

Posted by Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion


  • At May 18, 2010 at 8:42 PM , Anonymous medical office management classes los angeles said...

    That would be so fun to go and watch! I've always wanted to learn how to play chess, but I am not very good at it!

  • At May 20, 2010 at 2:24 PM , Anonymous ColonelCrockett said...

    good cause ... good chess ... this is a no-lose situtation. I especially like that she's going to talk about "what it takes to balance motherhood with being a world class chess champion".

    It's really amazing how many female chess professionals are able to make that balance and still be affectionate mothers. Come to think of it I know some proud fathers that have an interesting time balancing chess and their children.


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