Irina Krush, U.S. chess champion and the first American woman to become a grandmaster, got a rock-star reception from young chess fans who turned out Saturday for the New Orleans Chess Festival, held at Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center. For one demonstration, Krush played 21 games at the same time, rushing from board to board. And in another, she played blindfolded, picturing the board in her mind and calling out her moves.

The event, in its second year, also had tournaments all day, along with chess crafts and lessons.