With the latest Wu-Tang Clan album finished and just waiting to be be released, RZA has been spending his time preparing to defend his title at a celebrity speed chess tournament.

Taking place on Feb. 16 in Los Angeles, RZA will go up against seven other speed chess players to defend his title. He was the first Hip-Hop Chess Federation winner in 2007, and received a heavyweight belt unlike the typical trophy at other chess tourneys.

"I am looking forward to the upcoming chess battle at the HHCF Chess Kings Invitational in Los Angeles," he warned his competitors. "To those knowing I have to defend my belt, get ready to protect ya neck.”

RZA, an ace chess player, is also the director of development and champion of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation.

Working with Crowdtilt.com, the Hop-Hop Chess Federation is also holding an online fundraiser to teach chess and non-violence to youth. Proceeds from the charity tournament will go towards expanding the organization to Los Angeles.

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